1997
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Surfaces/Materials

Island formation and critical thickness in heteroepitaxy

Abstract
In a recent Letter Chen and Washburn [1] proposed a mechanism for island nucleation in large-mismatch heteroepitaxy. The predicted coverage sQd dependence of the 3D island density ri sQd reproduces the fast increase in the island density near the critical coverage Qc ø 1.6 ML [2]. Here we show that the critical coverage predicted by Ref. [1] depends strongly on the growth rate, thus contradicting, among others, the experimental results of Refs. [2,3].

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