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Thin nanostructured gold films were deposited on SiO2 by the sputtering technique at room temperature. Films of different thicknesses were deposited ranging from 2 to 16 nm. The film morphology as a function of the thickness was analyzed by microscopic techniques such as atomic force microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. These analyses allowed us to clarify the growth mechanism of the gold nanograins forming the film: in a first stage of growth (2–6 nm) normal grain growth proceeds; then (8–16 nm) the grain surface energy anisotropy drives the growth of abnormal large gold grains by annihilation of the normal ones. During the abnormal growth other normal grain continue to growth. The normal grain size distribution is showed to be a monomodal log-normal distribution that evolves toward larger mean grain radius continuously following a scaling law. By determination of the grain growth …
American Institute of Physics
Publication date: 
1 Mar 2009
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Volume: 105 Issue: 5 Pages: 054311
Journal of Applied Physics