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Evolution of Non-equilibrium Profile in Adsorbate Layer Under Compressive Strain

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Granato, Enzo [1] ; Ying, S. C. [2]
Total Authors: 2
[1] Inst Nacl Pesquisas Espaciais, Lab Associado Sensores & Mat, BR-12227010 Sao Jose Dos Campos, SP - Brazil
[2] Brown Univ, Dept Phys, Providence, RI 02912 - USA
Total Affiliations: 2
Document type: Journal article
Source: TRIBOLOGY LETTERS; v. 48, n. 1, SI, p. 83-88, OCT 2012.
Web of Science Citations: 4

We investigate the time evolution of an initial step profile separating a bare substrate region from the rest of the compressively strained adsorbate layer near a commensurate to incommensurate transition. The rate of profile evolution as a function of the mismatch, coverage, and the strength of the substrate potential are determined by Brownian molecular dynamics simulations. We find that the results are qualitatively similar to those observed for the Pb/Si(111) system. The anomalously fast time evolution and sharpness of the non-equilibrium profile can be understood through the domain wall creation at the boundary and its subsequent diffusion into the interior of the adsorbate layer. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 07/08492-9 - Dynamics, topological defects and phase transitions in ordered media
Grantee:Enzo Granato
Support type: Research Projects - Thematic Grants