Strain mediated interaction of adatom dimers
Condensed Matter - Materials Science
arxiv: Quantitative Biology::Biomolecules | Physics::Atomic and Molecular Clusters
An earlier model for substrate strain mediated interactions between monomer adatoms is extended to the interaction of monomers with dimers and the interaction of dimers. While monomers (sitting on high symmetric sites) are supposed to create isotropic stress on the substrate, dimers would create anisotropic stress caused by stretching their bond. Resulting interactions are strongly angle dependent and also reflect the elastic anisotropy of the substrate. The applicability of a continuum elastic model and its limitations are discussed. Consequences for modelling adatom structures are sketched without detailed analysis.