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Phys Rev E Stat Nonlin Soft Matter Phys. 2010 May;81(5 Pt 1):051603. Epub 2010 May 14.

Thin-film growth by random deposition of linear polymers on a square lattice.

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ISB, Universidade Federal do Amazonas, 69460-000 Coari, AM, Brazil.


We present some results of Monte Carlo simulations for the deposition of particles of different sizes on a two-dimensional substrate. The particles are linear, height one, and can be deposited randomly only in the two x and y directions of the substrate and occupy an integer number of cells of the lattice. We show there are three different regimes for the temporal evolution of the interface width. At the initial times we observe an uncorrelated growth, with an exponent β1 characteristic of the random deposition model. At intermediate times, the interface width presents an unusual behavior, described by a growing exponent β2, which depends on the size of the particles added to the substrate. If the linear size of the particle is two we have β2 < β1, otherwise we have β2 > β1, for all other particle sizes. After the growth reaches the saturation regime where the interface width becomes constant and is described by the roughness exponent α, which is nearly independent of the size of the particle. Similar results are found in the surface growth due to the electrophoretic deposition of polymer chains. Contrary to one-dimensional results the growth exponents are nonuniversal.

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