Multicritical and crossover phenomena in surface growth

Lei-Han Tang, Thomas Nattermann Nattermann, Bruce M. Forrest

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Extended scaling forms are usually required to account for the complex behavior near a multicritical point. We explore their role in understanding kinetic phase transitions described by the Kardar-Parisi-Zhang equation for interface growth. For a surface of dimension d=2, an exponentially slow logarithmic-to-power-law crossover is predicted from a renormalization-group analysis and compared with numerical simulations of a deposition and evaporation model. Derivation of scaling forms associated with the kinetic roughening transition at d>2 is presented.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2422-2425
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1990


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