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Title: Ab initio Ti-Zr-Ni phase diagram predicts stability of icosahedral TiZrNi quasicrystals
Creators: Hennig, R. G.; Carlsson, A. E.; Kelton, K. F.; Henley, C. L.
Issue Date: 2005-04-04
Publisher: American Physical Society
Citation: R. G. Hennig et al, "Ab initio Ti-Zr-Ni phase diagram predicts stability of icosahedral TiZrNi quasicrystals," Physical Review B 71, no. 14 (2005), doi: 10.1103/PhysRevB.71.144103
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.71.144103
Abstract: The ab initio phase diagram determines the energetic stability of the icosahedral TiZrNi quasicrystal. The complete ab initio zero-temperature ternary phase diagram is constructed from the calculated energies of the elemental, binary and ternary Ti-Zr-Ni phases. For this, the icosahedral i-TiZrNi quasicrystal is approximated by periodic structures of up to 123 atoms/unit cell, based on a decorated-tiling model [R. G. Hennig, K. F. Kelton, A. E. Carlsson, and C. L. Henley, Phys. Rev. B 67, 134202 (2003)]. The approximant structures containing the 45-atom Bergman cluster are nearly degenerate in energy, and are all energetically stable against the competing phases. It is concluded that i-TiZrNi is a ground-state quasicrystal, as it is experimentally the low-temperature phase for its composition.
ISSN: 1550-235X
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1811/48060
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