Crystal Growth of Quasicrystals

An Pang Tsai, Can Cui

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    Abstract

    Quasicrystals (QCs), which reveal diffraction patterns with symmetries forbidden in crystallography and quasiperiodicity, have been found to be stable phases in several alloy systems. Because of this stability, one can grow single-grained QCs on a large scale by traditional crystal-growth techniques. Consequently, single grains of QCs are highly ordered structures with grain sizes that are sufficient for studying their surfaces, neutron scattering, and structures. Single grains of QCs have been successfully grown by different techniques in recent decades. In this chapter, we first introduce QCs and then describe their alloy systems. There are three groups of stable QCs-Al-base alloys, Zn-Mg-rare earth metals, and Ag-In-Yb-which are grown by various techniques, such as the Czochralski method, Bridgman method, floating zone, and solution growth method. According to structural quality evaluation and growth direction, the growth mechanisms will be discussed.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationFundamentals
    PublisherElsevier Inc.
    Pages1113-1156
    Number of pages44
    Volume1
    ISBN (Electronic)9780444593764
    ISBN (Print)9780444563699
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

    Keywords

    • Growth mechanism
    • Phase diagram
    • Quasicrystal
    • Single grain
    • Stable phase

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Chemistry(all)

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