Theoretical calculations using a particle flux concept were carried out to determine the optimum substrate temperature for the growth of films of Pb0.82Sn0.18Te alloy on KC1(100) substrates by molecular beam epitaxy. The calculated value of 373 °C was found to be close to the experimentally observed value of 375 °C for Pb0.82Sn0.18Te. During growth a single source at a temperature of 600 °C was used. The grown films were characterized by X-ray diffraction and electrical and optical techniques. © 1988.