Europhys. Lett.
Volume 65, Number 1, January 2004
Page(s) 34 - 40
Section Condensed matter: structure, mechanical and thermal properties
Published online 01 December 2003
Europhys. Lett., 65 (1) , pp. 34-40 (2004)
DOI: 10.1209/epl/i2003-10062-x

Temperature dependence of the chemical short-range order in undercooled and stable $\chem{Al}$- $\chem{Fe}$- $\chem{Co}$ liquids

T. Schenk1, 2, V. Simonet3, D. Holland-Moritz1, R. Bellissent4, T. Hansen5, P. Convert5 and D. M. Herlach1

1  Institut für Raumsimulation, DLR - D-51170 Köln, Germany
2  European Synchrotron Radiation Facility - B.P. 220, F-38043 Grenoble Cedex, France
3  Laboratoire Louis Néel - B.P. 166, F-38042 Grenoble Cedex 9, France
4  Centre d'Etudes Nucléaires de Grenoble, DRFMC/SPSMSD/MDM F-38054 Grenoble Cedex, France
5  Institut Laue-Langevin - B.P. 156, F-38042 Grenoble Cedex 9, France

(Received 14 July 2003; accepted in final form 3 November 2003)

The temperature dependence of the chemical short-range order is investigated by neutron scattering in stable and undercooled metallic liquid alloys. The experiments were performed on $\chem{Al}$- $\chem{Fe}$- $\chem{Co}$ liquids forming polytetrahedral phases and are in favour of an icosahedral topological short-range order prevailing in the liquids. The icosahedral short-range order is accompanied by a strong chemical order such that the first coordination shell of a transition metal atom consists preferentially of $\chem{Al}$ atoms. A decrease of temperature leads to an enhancement of the chemical short-range order.

61.20.-p - Structure of liquids.
61.12.-q - Neutron diffraction and scattering.
61.25.Mv - Liquid metals and alloys.

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