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Dynamics of Polymorphic Nanostructures:  From Growth to Collapse

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posted on 13.09.2006 by F. Carlier, S. Benrezzak, Ph. Cahuzac, N. Kebaïli, A. Masson, A. K. Srivastava, C. Colliex, C. Bréchignac
The deposition of preformed clusters on surfaces offers new possibilities to build complex artificial nanostructures, the shape of which depends on the cluster size. We describe routes for generating unusual polymorphic nanoislands, which constitute unique platforms for exploring instabilities. As coverage increases, the constraints accumulated in such nanostructures induce spectacular flattening collapse processes, which are not observed when the constraints are imposed by the substrate.