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Physics of Crystal Growth

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  • Date Published: February 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521551984

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  • This text discusses the physical principles of how and why crystals grow. It introduces the fundamental properties of crystal surfaces at equilibrium, and describes simple models and basic concepts of crystal growth including diffusion, thermal smoothing of a surface, and applications to semiconductors. It also covers more complex topics such as kinetic roughness, growth instabilities, and elastic effects, as well as the crucial contributions of crystal growth in electronics during this century. The book focuses on growth using molecular beam epitaxy. Throughout, the emphasis is on the role played by modern statistical physics. Informative appendices, interesting exercises and an extensive bibliography reinforce the text.

    • Comprehensive account of surface and crystal growth physics
    • Internationally respected authors; Villain particularly well known
    • Many problems with partial solutions given; suitable as a graduate text in addition to a reference for researchers
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    "This book is an absolute 'must' to anyone interested in surface processes, growth, and the connection between the two....The breadth of the book is truly and absolutely remarkable....It is my conviction that the book is here to stay: the statistical physics of growth, as presented in this remarkable book, is robust enough to withstand the assualt of time. I recommend the Physics of Crystal Growth, by Pimpinelli and Villain, very strongly." /s Journal of the Canadian Physical Society

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 1999
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521551984
    • length: 400 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.84kg
    • contains: 127 b/w illus. 6 tables 12 music examples 12 exercises
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of symbols
    1. Morphology of a crystal surface
    2. Surface free energy, step free energy, and chemical potential
    3. The equilibrium crystal shape
    4. Growth and dissolution crystal shapes: Frank's model
    5. Crystal growth: the abc
    6. Growth and evaporation of a stepped surface
    7. Diffusion
    8. Thermal smoothing of a surface
    9. Silicon and other semiconducting materials
    10. Growth instabilities of a planar front
    11. Nucleation and the adatom diffusion length
    12. Growth roughness at long lengthscales in the linear approximation
    13. The Kardar-Parisi-Zhang equation
    14. Growth without evaporation
    15. Elastic interactions between defects on a crystal surface
    16. General equations of an elastic solid
    17. Technology, crystal growth and surface science

  • Authors

    Alberto Pimpinelli, Rice University, Houston
    Alberto Pimpinelli is Executive Director of the Smalley-Curl Institute and Faculty Fellow in the Materials Science and Nanoengineering Department at Rice University, Houston, full Professor in the Physics Department at the Université Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand, France, and Visiting Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park. From 2008 to 2012, he was one of the Attaches for Science and Technology of the French Embassy in the US. Trained as a theoretical physicist, Pimpinelli obtained his PhD from the University of Parma, Italy, with a thesis dealing with statistical physics models of magnetism in insulating systems. His interests shifted towards crystal surfaces and crystal growth when, after receiving fellowships from the Accademia dei Lincei and the European Union, he left Italy for the Centre d'Etudes Nucleaires and the Laue Langevin Institute in Grenoble (1991–7). In 1997, he was appointed Professor at the Université Blaise Pascal in Clermont-Ferrand, where he taught statistical and solid state physics, as well as introductory courses in nanosciences. In 2004, he was invited to the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center at the University of Maryland, where he was appointed Visiting Professor the following year. He has acted as a reviewer for many institutions and scientific agencies, such as the MNEST, the ANR, the NSF, the EU, the EC, and the Romanian Government. He has authored or co-authored more than 150 scientific papers and book chapters, and has been invited to talk at many international conferences.

    Jacques Villain, Centre Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique (CEA), Grenoble

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