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Periodically Changing Morphology of the Growth Interface in Si, Ge, and GaP Nanowires

Wen, C. -Y.; Tersoff, J.; Hillerich, Karla LU ; Reuter, M. C.; Park, J. H.; Kodambaka, S.; Stach, E. A. and Ross, F. M. (2011) In Physical Review Letters 107(2).
Abstract
Nanowire growth in the standard < 111 > direction is assumed to occur at a planar catalyst-nanowire interface, but recent reports contradict this picture. Here we show that a nonplanar growth interface is, in fact, a general phenomenon. Both III-V and group IV nanowires show a distinct region at the trijunction with a different orientation whose size oscillates during growth, synchronized with step flow. We develop an explicit model for this structure that agrees well with experiment and shows that the oscillations provide a direct visualization of catalyst supersaturation. We discuss the implications for wire growth and structure.
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10.1103/PhysRevLett.107.025503
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  abstract     = {Nanowire growth in the standard &lt; 111 &gt; direction is assumed to occur at a planar catalyst-nanowire interface, but recent reports contradict this picture. Here we show that a nonplanar growth interface is, in fact, a general phenomenon. Both III-V and group IV nanowires show a distinct region at the trijunction with a different orientation whose size oscillates during growth, synchronized with step flow. We develop an explicit model for this structure that agrees well with experiment and shows that the oscillations provide a direct visualization of catalyst supersaturation. We discuss the implications for wire growth and structure.},
  articleno    = {025503},
  author       = {Wen, C. -Y. and Tersoff, J. and Hillerich, Karla and Reuter, M. C. and Park, J. H. and Kodambaka, S. and Stach, E. A. and Ross, F. M.},
  issn         = {1079-7114},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  publisher    = {American Physical Society},
  series       = {Physical Review Letters},
  title        = {Periodically Changing Morphology of the Growth Interface in Si, Ge, and GaP Nanowires},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.107.025503},
  volume       = {107},
  year         = {2011},
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