Journal of Chemical Physics, Vol.107, No.15, 5914-5917, 1997
Tight-binding recursion calculations of step energetics on the GaAs(110) surface
On the GaAs(110) surface steps perpendicular to the  direction may be either arsenic-terminated or gallium-terminated. We, compute the energy difference between these steps using a tight-binding recursion method. We find that the arsenic-terminated step is more stable by approximately 0.5 eV. Our results suggest that some recent experimental observations on the shape of islands formed during homoepitaxy on CaAs(110) may be the consequence of an energy-driven rather than a kinetics-driven epitaxial growth. (C) 1997 American Institute of Physics.