Bond-orientational order in liquid aluminium80-transition metal20 alloys

Abstract : The structures of liquid Al80Mn20 and Al80Ni20 are simulated by molecular dynamics using interatomic potentials derived from neutron diffraction data. For these two alloys, the generated three dimensional particle configurations are consistent with the experimental partial pair correlation functions. The characterization of the local symmetries by both the construction of the Voronoï polyhedra and the calculation of the second-order invariants of spherical harmonics allows us to confirm the existence of a local icosahedral order in the quasicry stal -form i ng liquid Al80Mn20 and its absence in liquid Al80Ni20 about 70 K above the liquidus line. Molecular dynamics simulations of the corresponding supercooled liquids show that this order increases strongly for Al80Mn20 and starts to develop for Al80Ni20. An improvement of the agreement between the experimental and calculated pair correlation functions by the reverse Monte Carlo method yields liquid configurations characterized by the same most frequently observed Voronoï polyhedra as those obtained in the molecular dynamics configurations, but with lower percentages.
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Journal de Physique I, EDP Sciences, 1993, 3 (8), pp.1873-1888. 〈10.1051/jp1:1993218〉
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M. Maret, F. Lançon, L. Billard. Bond-orientational order in liquid aluminium80-transition metal20 alloys. Journal de Physique I, EDP Sciences, 1993, 3 (8), pp.1873-1888. 〈10.1051/jp1:1993218〉. 〈jpa-00246836〉

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