On the Different Driving Forces for the Matter Transport along Surfaces

  • Michael Drechsler
Part of the NATO Advanced Science Institutes Series book series (NSSB, volume 86)


The flux of surface atoms (J) is according to the Nernst-Einstein relation given by the gradient of the chemical potential ∂µ/∂x

\(J=\frac{n.D}{k.T}\frac{\partial \mu }{\partial x}\)

n = number of diffusing atoms per cm2

D = surface diffusion coefficient

x = distance along the surface.


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  1. 1).
    M. Drechsler, “OberfTâchen-Selbstdiffusion, Materiefluss und Änderung der Form von Kristalloberflächen”,Nowa Acta Leopoldina, suppl. “Tagung Physik und Chemie der KristallOberfläche, Halle (1978), still in print.Google Scholar

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© Plenum Press, New York 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Drechsler
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  1. 1.Centre de Recherche des Mécanismes de la Croissance Cristalline, CNRSUniversité d’Aix-Marseille, Campus de LuminyMarseille cedex 9France

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