Nucleation and growth of erbium clusters on amorphous carbon substrates. I. Cluster size and spatial distribution

Hadi Savaloni*, Michael A. Player, Geoffrey V. Marr

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The size and spatial distribution of erbium clusters during deposition onto amorphous carbon (a-C) are investigated. The effect of interparticle forces in producing preferred spacings between clusters and the influence of such forces on the coalescence are determined. The radial distribution function P(r) and nearest neighbour distances show that the distribution of erbium clusters on a-C is non-random. It is shown that the mobility of erbium clusters decreases with increasing size, and there is an 'equilibrium' for clusters of diameter 40-50 AA.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-151
Number of pages7
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1990


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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