Thin heteroepitaxial overlayers have been proposed as templates to generate stable, self-organized nanostructures at large length scales, with a variety of important technological applications. However, modeling strain-driven
self-organization is a formidable challenge due to different length scales involved. In this talk a method for predicting the patterning of ultra thin films on micron length scales with atomic resolution will be presented. The model is used to make quantitative predictions for
the type of superstructures (stripes, honeycomb, triangular) and length scale of pattern formation of two metal/metal systems, Cu on Ru(0001) and Cu on Pd(111). The findings are in excellent agreement with existing
experiments and call for future experimental investigations of such systems.
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