Orthorhombic approximant phases and their relation to quasicrystals in mechanically alloyed Al-Cu-Fe-Si alloys

S. H. Kim, K. Chattopadhyay, K. B. Kim, W. T. Kim, D. H. Kim

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The possibility of synthesis of quasicrystalline and associated approximant phases during mechanical alloying and subsequent heat treatment of Al 65 Cu 20 Fe 10 Si 5 alloy powders has been investigated. It is shown that, in addition to the stable ordered quasicrystal and 1/1 cubic approximant, two more phases having orthorhombic symmetry coexist. The a and c parameters of both these phases are similar to the lattice parameters of the cubic approximant, whereas their b parameters are, respectively, three and four times larger than the c parameters. It is suggested that these phases evolve on account of local symmetry breaking of the cubic approximant phase, possibly due to ordering.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)425-433
Number of pages9
JournalPhilosophical Magazine Letters
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Jul 1


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  • Condensed Matter Physics

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