Table of Contents
Textures and Microstructures
Volume 14 (1991)–18

Two-Dimensional Computer Modelling of Polycrystalline Film Growth

DIMES / Section Submicron Technology, Laboratory of Applied Physics, Delft University of Technology, P.O. Box 5046, 2600 GA Delft, Netherlands Antilles

Copyright © 1991 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Polycrystalline thin films, deposited from a vapour phase, often show a columnar morphology. We present computer simulations of a 2D model of the polycrystalline growth process. The model consists of randomly oriented squares, growing from a line. We find, that the characteristic length scale <Δx> of the growing surface (average edge length projected on the substrate) diverges as a function of time according to a power law <x>tp, with p0.52.