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Surfaces eroded by ion sputtering are sometimes observed to develop morphologies which are either ripple (periodic) or rough (nonperiodic). We introduce a discrete stochastic model that allows us to interpret these experimental observations within a unified framework. We find that a periodic ripple morphology characterizes the initial stages of the(More)
We study the surface dynamics of silica films grown by low pressure chemical vapor deposition. Atomic force microscopy measurements show that the surface reaches a scale invariant stationary state compatible with the Kardar-Parisi-Zhang (KPZ) equation in three dimensions. At intermediate times the surface undergoes an unstable transient due to shadowing(More)
We present a complete study of the multiparticle biased diffusion-limited aggregation (MBDLA) model supplemented with surface diffusion (SD), focusing on the relevance and effects of the latter transport mechanism. By comparing different algorithms, we show that MBDLA + SD is a very good qualitative model for electrodeposition in essentially the whole range(More)
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