Free volume in Zr-based bulk glassy alloys studied by positron annihilation techniques

A. Ishii, A. Iwase, Y. Yokoyama, T. J. Konno, Y. Kawasuso, A. Yabu-Uchi, M. Maekawa, F. Hori

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The eutectic Zr50Cu40Al10 bulk glassy (BG) alloys, which have a good glass forming ability, have been investigated for various properties, such as toughness, electronic resistivity and so on. Recently, the hypoeutectic Zr60Cu30Al10 BG alloys have been paid attention, because they exhibit no degradation of ductility and toughness after the isothermal annealing below the glass transition temperature (Tg). Although the toughness correlates with the free volume to be considered, the free volume of the hypoeutectic BG alloy has not been assessed in detail so far. In order to study the free volume in each BG alloy, therefore, positron annihilation lifetime and coincidence Doppler broadening (CDB) measurements have been performed for Zr60Cu 30Al10 (hypoeutectic) and Zr55Cu 35Al10 (middle-composition) and Zr50Cu 40Al10 (eutectic) BG alloys. The value of the positron lifetime for hypoeutectic BG alloy is virtually the same. Additionally, the CDB ratio curve for hypoeutectic alloy dose not match that for eutectic alloy in an electron momentum region around 0.015 m0c, indicating that the fraction of Zr atoms around the free volume in hypoeutectic BG alloy is greater than that in eutectic BG alloy. Moreover, the CDB results show that the local structure around free volume for hypoeutectic BG alloy is different from that for eutectic BG alloy.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012020
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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