Stable icosahedral quasicrystals in the Cd-Mg-RE (RE = rare earth element) systems

Junqing Guo, Eiji Abe, An Pang Tsai

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A stable icosahedral phase was found in a series of Cd65Mg20RE15 (RE = Y, Nd, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb, Lu) alloys. These icosahedral alloys have quasilattice parameters from 0.5571 to 0.5799 nm. Electron diffraction study showed that the icosahedral quasicrystals possess a primitive icosahedral structure. The composition of alloys is fixed so that they have an e/a value of 2.15 (e/a is a ratio of valence electron number over atom number). The alloys were prepared from pure elements by induction furnace in Al203 crucibles sealed in quartz tubes with inert atmosphere.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)L770-L771
JournalJapanese Journal of Applied Physics, Part 2: Letters
Issue number8 A
Publication statusPublished - 2000 Aug 1
Externally publishedYes

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  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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