Atomic structure of Zr-Cu-Al and Zr-Ni-Al amorphous alloys

J. Antonowicz, D. V. Louzguine-Luzgin, A. R. Yavari, K. Georgarakis, M. Stoica, G. Vaughan, E. Matsubara, A. Inoue

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We report on the atomic structure via pair distribution function (PDF) analysis of metallic glasses of the Zr-Cu-Al and Zr-Ni-Al families. The PDFs were evaluated from the X-ray diffraction data. Transmission X-ray diffraction spectra of the investigated samples were measured using monochromatic, high-energy synchrotron radiation. In this work we demonstrate the effect of composition on the pair distribution functions. A variation of first PDF peak shape was observed on modification of Cu and Al content. A split of the first PDF peak was found to be more pronounced in Zr-Ni-Al than in Zr-Cu-Al glasses suggesting differences in their atomic structures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)70-73
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Alloys and Compounds
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Mar 5


  • Atomic scale structure
  • Metallic glasses
  • X-ray diffraction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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