Field-driven solid-on-solid interfaces moving under a stochastic Arrhenius dynamics: Effects of the barrier height

G. M. Buendía, P. A. Rikvold, M. Kolesik

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Abstract

We present analytical results and kinetic Monte Carlo simulations for the mobility and microscopic structure of solid-on-solid (SOS) interfaces driven far from equilibrium by an external force, such as an applied field or (electro)chemical potential difference. The interfaces evolve under a specific stochastic dynamics with a local energy barrier (an Arrhenius dynamics), known as the transition dynamics approximation (TDA). We calculate the average height of steps on the interface, the average interface velocity, and the skewness of the interface as functions of the driving force and the height of the energy barrier. We find that the microscopic interface structure depends quite strongly on the barrier height. As the barrier becomes higher, the local interface width decreases and the skewness increases, suggesting increasing short-range correlations between the step heights.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)207-210
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Molecular Structure: THEOCHEM
Volume769
Issue number1-3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 14 2006

Keywords

  • Arrhenius dynamics
  • Interface structure
  • Monte Carlo simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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