Step fluctuations and random walks

Bisani, M., Selke, W.
Institut für Theoretische Physik, Technische Hochschule Aachen,
D-52056 Aachen, Germany


The probability distribution p(l) of an atom to return to a step at distance l from the detachment site, with a random walk in between, is exactly enumerated. In particular, we study the dependence of p(l) on step roughness, presence of other reflecting or absorbing steps, interaction between steps and diffusing atom, as well as concentration of defects on the terrace neighbouring the step. Applying Monte Carlo techniques, the time evolution of equilibrium step fluctuations is computed for specific forms of return probabilities. Results are compared to previous theortical and experimental findings.