Rocking chair defect generation in nanowire growth
Dayeh, Shadi A.
Liu, Xiao Hua
Huang, Jian Yu
Picraux, S. T.
Date of Issue2012
School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences
We report the observation of a different defect generation phenomenon in layer-by-layer crystal growth. Steps at a nanowire liquid-solid growth interface, resulting from edge nucleated defects, are found to cause a gradual multiplication of stacking faults in the regions bounded by two edge defects. In the presence of a twin boundary, these generated defects continue to propagate along the entire nanowire length. This rocking chair generation mechanism is a unique feature of nanoscale layer-by-layer growth and is significantly different from well-known defect multiplication mechanisms in bulk materials.
Applied physics letters
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