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Nanostructured Au films were deposited on Si(111) by room-temperature sputtering. By the atomic force microscopy technique we studied the evolution of the Au film morphology as a function of the film thickness h and annealing time t at 873 K. By the study of the evolution of the mean vertical and horizontal sizes of the islands forming the film and of their fraction of covered area as a function of h from 1.7×1017 to 1.0×1018 Au/cm2 we identified four different growth stages such as: (1) 1.7×1017≤h≤3.0×1017 Au/cm2, nucleation of nanometric three-dimensional (3D) hemispherical Au clusters; (2) 3.0×1017
American Institute of Physics
Publication date: 
15 May 2010
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Volume: 107 Issue: 10 Pages: 104321
Journal of Applied Physics