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Decoration criteria for surface steps

Sholl, C.A; Fletcher, Neville H.


The criterion derived by Chakraverty and Pound for preferential nucleation of vapour condensation at macroscopic steps upon a crystalline substrate is generalized to apply to steps of any angle. For small included step angles nucleation can occur on steps even under unsaturated conditions so that they are always decorated; for intermediate step angles the degree of preference for nucleation at steps decreases as the vapour supersaturation is increased. Decoration is most easily achieved with a...[Show more]

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Date published: 1970
Type: Journal article
Source: Acta Metallurgica
DOI: 10.1016/0001-6160(70)90006-4


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