Orientation of Vacuum Condensed Overgrowths through Amorphous Layers

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A VERY striking phenomenon regarding the interaction between substrate and overgrowth atoms during vacuum deposition was recently reported by Distler et al.1,2. This phenomenon is the oriented nucleation of gold on NaCl substrates precoated with amorphous carbon layers below a critical thickness. Distler et al. interpreted their results in terms of long-range active centres3,4 which are present on the substrate surfaces in densities corresponding to that of gold nuclei and concluded that “oriented crystallization of gold through carbon films indicates that neither the microgeometry of the surface nor the fit in lattice parameters of NaCl and gold are of decisive importance for epitaxy”2.

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HENNING, C. Orientation of Vacuum Condensed Overgrowths through Amorphous Layers. Nature 227, 1129–1131 (1970) doi:10.1038/2271129a0

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