Island diffusion on metal fcc(100) surfaces

J. Heinonen, I. Koponen, J. Merikoski, T. Ala-Nissila

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We present Monte Carlo simulations for the size and temperature dependence of the diffusion coefficient of adatom islands on the Cu(100) surface. We show that the scaling exponent for the size dependence is not a constant but a decreasing function of the island size and approaches unity for very large islands. This is due to a crossover from periphery dominated mass transport to a regime where vacancies diffuse inside the island. The effective scaling exponents are in good agreement with theory and experiments.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2733-2736
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 1999
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


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