Crystal structure of a cubic Al67Pd11Mn14Si7; a new 1/1 rational approximant for the Al-Pd-Mn icosahedral phase

K. Sugiyama, N. Kaji, K. Hiraga, T. Ishimasa

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The structure of a cubic Al67.4Pd11.4Mn14.4Si6.8 phase, which is referred as an 1/1 rational approximant of an icosahedral phase, was determined by means of single crystal X-ray structural analysis: space group Pm3 (No. 200), a = 12.281(1) Ä, V = 1852.0(3) Ä3 MoKa (? = 0.71069 Ä); refined as Al66.3Pd12.0Mn14.7Si7.0, atom/ cell = 122.72, F(000) = 2305, µ - 7.54 mm-1, Dcalc = 4.47 Mgm-3, R = 0.0319 for the observed 703 reflections with I > 2.0s(I). An atom cluster with about 13 Ä in diameter is found at the origin of a unit cell and the cubic arrangement of these clusters through the shared edges can reproduce the present 1/1 approximant structure. This atom cluster is ranked into five atomic shells, where the atomic arrangement analogous to the Bergman cluster is clearly identified. The clusters of Bergman’s derivation are suggested to be one of the most essential cluster units for the face-centered icosahedral quasicrystals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)168-173
Number of pages6
JournalZeitschrift fur Kristallographie - New Crystal Structures
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1998 Apr 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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