Critical thickness for nanostructure self-assembly during Stranski-Krastanow growth

David E. Jesson, Timothy P. Munt, Chaogang Lou

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Stranski-Krastanow growth is discussed in the context of a simple classical nucleation model which emphasizes the important role of the wetting layer. The model predicts a rapid transition to a 3D island phase which chiefly depends on the interaction between atoms in the wetting layer and the substrate. A simple analytical expression for the critical thickness at which the transition occurs is derived.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7230-7231
Number of pages2
JournalJapanese Journal of Applied Physics, Part 1: Regular Papers and Short Notes and Review Papers
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2004


  • Critical thickness
  • Nanostructures
  • Nucleation
  • Quantum dots
  • Stranski-Krastanow growth


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