Droplet bulge effect on the formation of nanowire side facets

S. Breuer, L.F. Feiner, L. Geelhaar

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The process of lateral facet formation during vapor-liquid-solid nanowire growth is modeled to explain why the crystalline orientation of III-V nanowire side facets is affected by the droplet material. We find that the energy required for facet formation depends on the composition and shape of the liquid droplet. A droplet bulge effect that favors tilted nanofacets is identified: the lateral surface energy is reduced if the angle between droplet and facet is small. Detailed calculations demonstrate that this effect can promote otherwise unfavorable nanowire side facets when high-surface-energy droplet materials like Au are employed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2749-2755
JournalCrystal Growth and Design
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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