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Understanding nanoscale effects in oxide/metal heteroepitaxy

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PACS numbers : 61.46.-w, 68.55.-a, 71.15.Mb, 78.70.Dm The growth mode of strained epitaxial films relies on the interaction strength, the lattice matching and the mechanical response of the system. The present work focuses on the basic physics of supported nano-islands by examining the characteristics of MgO/Ag(100) taken as a case study. The combination of experiments and simulations highlights the existence of a small size regime in which, despite the largest adhesion and the smallest mismatch, the islands are the least distorted by the substrate. We assign this unexpected behavior to the enhanced island stiffness which makes the cost of elastic distortion prohibitive compared to the associated gain of MgO-Ag interaction energy. The analysis provides a general framework to predict and/or understand nanoscale effects on interfacial pseudomorphism. These are likely to hold whatever the nature of the deposit and substrate under consideration. It may have far reaching consequences on many properties of supported nano-objects.
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hal-02127685 , version 1 (29-01-2020)

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Gregory Cabailh, Jacek Goniakowski, Claudine Noguera, Jacques Jupille, Rémi Lazzari, et al.. Understanding nanoscale effects in oxide/metal heteroepitaxy. Physical Review Materials, 2019, 3 (4), ⟨10.1103/PhysRevMaterials.3.046001⟩. ⟨hal-02127685⟩
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