Crystallization processes in bi-component thin film depositions: towards a realistic Kinetic Monte-Carlo simulation

Diego Martínez-Martínez, Carmelo Herdes, Lourdes F. Vega

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Abstract

The kinetic Monte Carlo (KMC) method is a powerful and simple tool to simulate the growth of thin films by deposition. However, one of its major drawbacks is the artificial order induced by the use of regular lattices. An algorithm that mimics the crystallization processes in bi-component thin film depositions via a novel KMC approach is presented in this work. This new algorithm, named GEM-CA (Geometrical Energy Modification-Crystallization Algorithm), modifies the hopping energy barrier depending on the geometrical configuration of the atoms surrounding one particular position. The novel approach allows obtaining amorphous, crystalline and mixed structures (i.e. nanocomposites), depending solely on the synthesis parameters. In addition, we have developed a method for the analysis of deposited structures based on their degree of order. The influence of different deposition parameters such as temperature or composition is discussed in detail. GEM-CA reproduces experimentally observed trends of bi-component film deposition.

LanguageEnglish
Pages38-48
Number of pages11
JournalSurface & Coatings Technology
Volume343
Early online date10 Nov 2017
DOIs
StatusPublished - 15 Jun 2018

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Keywords

  • Crystallization
  • Kinetic Monte Carlo
  • Nanocomposite
  • Polycrystal
  • Thin film deposition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Surfaces and Interfaces

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Crystallization processes in bi-component thin film depositions: towards a realistic Kinetic Monte-Carlo simulation. / Martínez-Martínez, Diego; Herdes, Carmelo; Vega, Lourdes F.

In: Surface & Coatings Technology, Vol. 343, 15.06.2018, p. 38-48.

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