Self-selection in size and structure in argon clusters formed on amorphous carbon

Nina V. Krainyukova, B.W. van de Waal

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Argon clusters formed on an amorphous carbon substrate as deposited from the vapor phase were studied by means of transmission high energy electron diffraction using the liquid helium cryostat. Electron diffractograms were analysed on the basis of assumption that there exist a cluster size distribution in samples formed on substrate and multi-shell structures such as icosahedra, decahedra, fcc and hcp were probed for different sizes up to 15 000 atoms. The experimental data were considered as a result of a superposition of diffracted intensities from clusters of different sizes and structures. The comparative analysis was based on the R-factor minimization that was found to be equal to 0.014 for the best fit between experiment and modelling. The total size and structure distribution function shows the presence of ‘non-crystallographic’ structures such as icosahedra and decahedra with five-fold symmetry that was found to prevail and a smaller amount of fcc and hcp structures. Possible growth mechanisms as well as observed general tendency to self-selection in sizes and structures are presumably governed by confined pore-like geometry in an amorphous carbon substrate.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)169-173
JournalThin solid films
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2004


  • Crystal growth
  • Molecular clusters
  • Argon
  • Structure
  • IR-76259
  • Electron diffraction

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