Intrinsic geometry approach to surface kinetic roughening Articles uri icon

publication date

  • May 2011

start page

  • 1

end page

  • 16

issue

  • P05032

international standard serial number (ISSN)

  • 1742-5468

abstract

  • A model for kinetic roughening of one-dimensional interfaces is presented within an intrinsic geometry framework that is free from the standard small-slope and no-overhang approximations. The model is meant to probe the consequences of the latter on the Kardar&-Parisi&-Zhang (KPZ) description of non-conserved, irreversible growth. Thus, growth always occurs along the local normal direction to the interface, with a rate that is subject to fluctuations and depends on the local curvature. Adaptive numerical techniques have been designed that are specially suited to the study of fractal morphologies and can support interfaces with large slopes and overhangs. Interface self-intersections are detected, and the ensuing cavities removed. After appropriate generalization of observables such as the global and local surface roughness functions, the interface scaling is seen in our simulations to be of the Family&-Vicsek-type for arbitrary curvature dependence of the growth rate, KPZ scaling appearing for large system sizes and sufficiently large noise amplitudes.