We propose a simple theoretical model that describes the correlation between plasma fluctuation and fluctuation of nanoparticle growth in reactive plasmas. The model predicts that the high density of nanoparticles brings about small mean size, narrow size dispersion, and sharp size slope on the large side of the size distribution. The model suggests some methods of tuning the size dispersion, and it also suggests that a self-limiting process is the key to markedly suppressing fluctuations in nanostructure fabrication. All predictions coincide with the experimental results reported previously. Moreover, the model suggests that plasma fluctuation induces both the linear and nonlinear responses of nanoparticle growth.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physics and Astronomy(all)