Self-assembled triangular and labyrinth buckling patterns of thin films on spherical substrates

Guoxin CAO, Xi CHEN*, Chaorong LI, Ailing JI, Zexian CAO

*Corresponding author for this work

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We investigated the possibility of controlling thin film buckling patterns by varying the substrate curvature and the stress induced therein upon cooling. The numerical and experimental studies are based on a spherical Ag core/SiO2 shell system. For Ag substrates with a relatively larger curvature, the dentlike triangular buckling pattern comes out when the film nominal stress exceeds a critical value. With increasing film stress and/or substrate radius, the labyrinthlike buckling pattern takes over. Both the buckling wavelength and the critical stress increase with the substrate radius. © 2008 The American Physical Society.
Original languageEnglish
Article number36102
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number3
Early online date23 Jan 2008
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jan 2008
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

The numerical study of this research was supported by NSF No. CMMI-0643726, while the experimental work was financed by the NSFC, the Science Foundation of ZSTU, and the Civil Space Exploration Program of China.


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