Stranski-Krastanov growth of Ag on Au(111) electrodes

S. G. Corcoran, G. S. Chakarova, K. Sieradzki

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We present results obtained by in situ scannning tunneling microscopy which show the morphological details of the transition from layer by layer growth to three-dimensional island growth during electrodeposition. Two epitaxial layers of Ag are sequentially formed prior to the heterogeneous nucleation of three-dimensional Ag crystallites which preferentially develop on steps. The 3D growth initiates when 2D protrusions growing on the completed second adlayer achieve a critical dimension of order 20-50 nm. Our observations and analysis indicate that the growth transition may be kinetically determined by adatom migration over descending steps.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1585-1588
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number10
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993
Externally publishedYes


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