Trenches formed at Ge/Si(100) island bases become an effective strain-relief mechanism at high growth temperatures. Trenches result from diffusion of the most highly strained material to regions of lower strain. The trench depth self-limits, scaling linearly with island diameter. A simple atomistic model of island elasticity indicates that this self-limiting behavior is of kinetic rather than energetic origin.
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