Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Mikhail Khenner (Director), Nezam Iraniparast, Lan Nguyen

Degree Program

Department of Mathematics

Degree Type

Master of Science


In this thesis a model involving two coupled nonlinear PDEs is developed to study instability of a two-component metal film due to horizontal electric field and in a high-temperature environment similar to operational conditions of integrated circuits. The proposed model assumes the anisotropies of the diffusional mobilities for two atomic species, and negligible stresses in the film. The purpose of the modeling is to describe and understand the time-evolution of the shape of the film surface. Toward this end, the linear stability analysis (LSA) of the initially planar film surface with respect to small shape perturbations is performed. Such characteristics of the instability as the perturbation growth rate omega and the cut-off wave number are studied as functions of key physical parameters.


Applied Mathematics | Dynamic Systems