Diffusion of Large Clusters on a Surface: Experiments and Simulations

  • Pablo Jensen
  • Pierre Deltour
  • Laurent Bardotti
  • Jean-Louis Barrat
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 360)


We report deposition experiments of large antimony and gold clusters on graphite surfaces. The experiments show that these large (N ~ 1000 atoms) clusters are able to move rapidly on the surface (D ~ 10−8 cm 2 s −1 at room temperature). Finally, we try to understand this rapid diffusion by molecular dynamics studies of cluster diffusion.


Diffusion Constant Gold Cluster Graphite Surface Molecular Dynamic Study AU250 Cluster 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pablo Jensen
    • 1
  • Pierre Deltour
    • 1
  • Laurent Bardotti
    • 1
  • Jean-Louis Barrat
    • 1
  1. 1.Département de Physique des MatériauxUniversité Claude Bernard Lyon-1Villeurbanne CédexFrance

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