The back force effect and its influence on sublimation of alkali halide single crystal surfaces

M. José Yacáman, Tito Ocaña Z., Ana María Sonnemann, J. P. Hirth

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Abstract

Sublimation structures at the atomic level were studied on sodium and potassium chloride crystals by the gold decoration technique. Three stages of sublimation were revealed: hole nucleation, spiral-ledge motion, and macroscopic pit formation. The results are in good agreement with recent theories of crystal sublimation by the terrace-ledge-kink model, including those for the back force effect at ledge sources.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)37-50
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Crystal Growth
Volume37
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1977
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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