Metastable structures in the initial stages of Si homoepitaxy

Brian Borovsky, Michael Krueger, Eric Ganz

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We discuss the growth of the first six atoms of an epitaxial Si island on Si(001). The nucleation of a six-atom island is observed to rely on a conversion between two metastable four-atom structures. These results suggest that metastable configurations play an important role in epitaxial growth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1053-1056
Number of pages4
JournalSurface Review and Letters
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1998


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