Scientists track patterns of island growth in crystals

Scientists track patterns of island growth in crystals 2

Scientists have found that the seemingly random arrangement of islands that form to begin new layers during crystal growth can actually be very similar from layer to layer. The discovery may help scientists better understand of some of the mechanisms behind defect formation, as well as develop techniques to synthesize new types of crystals. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/03/190315095810.htm