A fractal model for the first stages of thin film growth

Pablo Jensen, Albert László Barabási, Hernán Larralde, Shlomo Havlin, H. Eugene Stanley

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In this paper, we briefly review a model that describes the diffusion-controlled aggregation exhibited by particles as they are deposited on a surface. This model allows us to understand many experiments of thin film deposition. In the Sec. 1, we describe the model, which incorporates deposition, particle and cluster diffusion, and aggregation. In Sec. 2, we study the dynamical evolution of the model. Finally, we analyze the effects of small cluster mobility and show that the introduction of cluster diffusion dramatically affects the dynamics of film growth. Some of these effects can be tested experimentally.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)321-329
Number of pages9
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1996


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