The self-assembly of nanostructured materials through controlled wavelength spinodal decomposition is explored using a simple model. The model assumes that a homogeneous alloy is deposited on a rigid, periodically strained substrate. A linear stability analysis establishes that the film will undergo spinodal decomposition with the dominant wavelength determined by the periodicity of the substrate strain.
Self-assembled nanostructures through wavelength-controlled spinodal decomposition
P. Alex Greaney, D. C. Chrzan, B. M. Clemens, W. D. Nix; Self-assembled nanostructures through wavelength-controlled spinodal decomposition. Appl. Phys. Lett. 18 August 2003; 83 (7): 1364–1366. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.1602581
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