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Current-Induced Stabilization of Surface Morphology in Stressed Solids
Physical Review Letters (2008)
  • Dimitrios Maroudas, University of Massachusetts - Amherst
  • M. R Gungor
  • V. Tomar

We examine the surface morphological evolution of a conducting crystalline solid under the simultaneous action of an electric field and mechanical stress based on a fully nonlinear model and combining linear stability theory with self-consistent dynamical simulations. We demonstrate that electric current, through surface electromigration, can stabilize the surface morphology of the stressed solid against cracklike surface instabilities. The results also have more general implications for the morphological response of solid surfaces under the simultaneous action of multiple external forces.

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Doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.100.036106 Copyright 2008 American Institute of Physics. This article may be downloaded for personal use only. Any other use requires prior permission of the author and the American Institute of Physics.
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Dimitrios Maroudas, M. R Gungor and V. Tomar. "Current-Induced Stabilization of Surface Morphology in Stressed Solids" Physical Review Letters Vol. 100 Iss. 3 (2008)
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