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I am reading a paper on epitaxial thin film growth of an alloy and it mentions that for one conditions the films grow with a cubic symmetry and for another they have an in-plane anisotropy.

I would like to make sure that I understand the terms, I am currently assuming that by cubic-symmetry they mean that the films grown typically follow the expected epitaxy of the substrate layer, possibly forming a single crystal structure, which should exhibit anisotropy.

And for the other condition the in-plane anisotropy means there is a clear directional preference in the plane of the film.

Is this correct?

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