Influence of step structure on preferred orientation relationships of Ag deposited on Ni(111)

D Chatain and S Singh and B Courtois and J Silvent and E Verzeroli and GS Rohrer and M De Graef and P Wynblatt, ACTA MATERIALIA, 200, 287-296 (2020).

DOI: 10.1016/j.actamat.2020.08.082

Previous studies have shown that the orientation relationships which develop in hetero-epitaxy are strongly influenced by the alignment of steps in the deposit with the pre-existing steps of the substrate. In this paper we use a combination of experiments with computer simulations to identify the important influence of substrate step structure on the eventual orientation relationships that develop in the deposit. We have made use of Ag deposited on Ni as it has been used extensively as a model system for the study of hetero-epitaxy. This system displays a large lattice mismatch of 16%. It is shown that on any surface vicinal to Ni(111), which has two possible kinds of (110) steps (A-steps with 1001 ledges and B-steps with 1111 ledges), a Ag deposit adopts a single orientation relationship because only A-steps remain stable in the presence of Ag. (C) 2020 Acta Materialia Inc. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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