This study investigates the evolution in the growth of FeSi nanoislands on Si(001). Under proper growth conditions, nanoislands spontaneously cluster into groups on rectangular FeSi terraces depending on both substrate temperature and deposition coverage. This study discussed the self-clustering mechanism in the context of strain relaxation and mass transportation between nanoislands and terraces.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physics and Astronomy(all)