Simulation of nanowire fragmentation by means of kinetic Monte Carlo approach: 2D case

Pavel Moskovkin, Mikhail Panshenskov, Stéphane Lucas, Andrey V. Solov'yov

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In the present paper, the evolution over time of flat nanowires (NWs) with different widths and at different temperatures is simulated by computer modeling and analyzed. The results can be applied to a wide range of physical systems as the NWs could be parts of nanoelectronic devices or nanosystems, e.g., nanofractals, which can be created during the deposition of nanoparticles on surfaces. The present paper deals with the initial stages of nanowire evolution aiming at the elucidation of the essential features of the fragmentation process. It is demonstrated that the breakup of NWs is driven by the diffusivity of the particles at periphery. The microscopic parameters characterizing the fragmentation are established. The dependence of the time required for the first fragmentation on
the nanowire width is presented. The temperature dependence of the nanowire fragmentation is also examined. The dependences of the maximum number of islands created in the fragmentation process on the nanowire width and the temperature are derived. Examination of the temperature dependence of the first
fragmentation instant and number of islands as well as the dependence of these quantities on the nanowire width gives the possibility to establish the relationships between experimental observations and microscopic parameters of the system.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1456-1462
Number of pages7
JournalPhys. Status Solidi b
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • computational physics
  • fragmentation
  • kinetic Monte Carlo method
  • nanowires
  • surfaces


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