Activity: Talk or presentation › Oral presentation
Paths available for interlayer mass transport determine the morphology evolution in multilayer growth. On Cu(001) the paths over the closed packed and open step edge compete. Their availability for interlayer diffusion is expressed by the so-called Ehrlich-Schwoebel barrier. Their height determines the layer distribution already in the early stages of growth as measured from the specular reflection of a thermal energy He atom beam. The value of the barriers for the two pathways is obtained from comparing the experimental roughness evolution with a Monte Carlo simulation incorporating both intra- and interlayer diffusions. A triangulation of experimental and simulated results at different temperatures and coverage enables an accurate determination of the two very different Ehrlich Schwoebel barriers.