TITLE

Molecular dynamics study of dislocation formation in a [001] face-centered-cubic epitaxial island under tensile stress

AUTHOR(S)
Liu, P.; Zhang, Y. W.; Fox, B.; Lu, C.
PUB. DATE
February 2004
SOURCE
Applied Physics Letters;2/2/2004, Vol. 84 Issue 5, p714
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Dislocation formation in homoepitaxial pyramidal [001] Cu islands under tensile stress is studied using molecular dynamics simulations. It is found that 90° Shockley partial dislocations are dominant in the island strain relaxation. For a low-aspect-ratio island, the dislocations are nucleated from the island surface and propagate downwards to form misfit dislocations. For a high-aspect-ratio island, a pair of the dislocations on the same slip plane are simultaneously nucleated respectively from the two island edges, propagate inwards, and react to form a 90° Shockley misfit partial dislocation. These dislocations can form sequentially and cooperatively. © 2004 American Institute of Physics.
ACCESSION #
12063220

 

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