Introduction to Step Dynamics and Step Instabilities

  • Joachim Krug
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Part of the ISNM International Series of Numerical Mathematics book series (ISNM, volume 149)


This paper provides an elementary introduction to the basic concepts used in describing epitaxial crystal growth in terms of the thermodynamics and kinetics of atomic steps. Selected applications to morphological instabilities of stepped surfaces are reviewed, and some open problems are outlined.


Crystal growth step flow vicinal surfaces morphological stability 


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  • Joachim Krug
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  1. 1.Institut für Theoretische PhysikUniversität zur KölnKölnGermany

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