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Journal of Nanophotonics

The nano-world of thin films
Author(s): Russell F. Messier
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Paper Abstract

Thin-film morphology---its origin at the atomic level and its evolution---has a long and rich history dating to the very first papers on thin-film deposition in the mid-1800s. I have traced this literature for films prepared under low adatom-mobility conditions and collected my thoughts on the efforts and the current status toward morphology quantification. An atomistic model of evolutionary thin film morphology, based upon atomic clustering at the nm-level, atomic self-shadowing, and competition for columnar growth, forms the backbone for these quantitative approaches. The connection between the science of morphology modeling and the technology of practical thin-film development emerged through research on sculptured thin films

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 September 2008
PDF: 21 pages
J. Nanophoton. 2(1) 021995 doi: 10.1117/1.3000671
Published in: Journal of Nanophotonics Volume 2, Issue 1
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Russell F. Messier, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)

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