Evaluation of the local environment for nanoscale quasicrystal formation in Zr80Pt20 glassy alloy using Voronoi analysis

Junji Saida, Keiji Itoh, Shigeo Sato, Muneyuki Imafuku, Takashi Sanada, Akihisa Inoue

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The local atomic structure of nano-quasicrystal-forming Zr 80Pt20 binary glassy alloy was investigated by reverse Monte Carlo modeling based on the results of x-ray diffraction. A prepeak at Q∼17nm-1 originating from the unique bonding between the Pt-Pt pair is observed in the structure factor. Voronoi analysis indicates that an icosahedral-like polyhedron is formed around Pt. It is also found that icosahedral-like polyhedra exist around Zr; however, the fraction of perfect icosahedra is considerably lower than that in the nano-quasicrystalforming Zr70Pd30 glassy alloy. A difference in the local environment between the two binary quasicrystal-forming glassy alloys is suggested.

Original languageEnglish
Article number375104
JournalJournal of Physics Condensed Matter
Issue number37
Publication statusPublished - Oct 7 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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