, Volume 39, Issue 8, pp 1908-1916
Date: 09 Oct 2007

Structure of Zr x Pt100−x (73 ≤ x  ≤ 77) Metallic Glasses

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The structure of hyper-eutectic Zr x Pt100−x (73 ≤ x ≤ 77) metallic glasses produced by melt spinning was examined with high-energy synchrotron X-ray diffraction (HEXRD) and fluctuation electron microscopy. In addition, details of the amorphous structure were studied by combining ab initio molecular dynamics and reverse Monte Carlo simulations. Crystallization pathways in these glasses have been reported to vary dramatically with small changes in compositions; however, in the current study, the structures of the different glasses were also observed to vary with composition, particularly the prepeak in the total structure factor that occurs at a Q value of around 17 nm−1. Results from simulations and fluctuation electron microscopy suggest that the medium-range order of the amorphous structure is characterized by extended groups of Pt-centered clusters that increase in frequency, structural order, or spatial organization at higher Pt contents. These clusters may be related to the Zr5Pt3 structure, which contains Pt-centered clusters coordinated by 9Zr and 2Pt atoms.