Advisor(s) - Committee Chair
Mikhail Khenner (Director), Nezam Iraniparast, Lan Nguyen
Department of Mathematics
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
Bandegi, Mahdi, "A Coupled PDE Model for the Morphological Instability of a Multi-Component Thin Film During Surface Electromigration" (2014). Masters Theses & Specialist Projects. Paper 1386.