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  1. Intermetallic Compounds

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    Takagiwa, Y.; Matsuura, Y.; Kimura, K.

    2014-06-01

    We have focused on the binary narrow-bandgap intermetallic compounds FeGa3 and RuGa3 as thermoelectric materials. Their crystal structure is FeGa3-type (tetragonal, P42/ mnm) with 16 atoms per unit cell. Despite their simple crystal structure, their room temperature thermal conductivity is in the range 4-5-W-m-1-K-1. Both compounds have narrow-bandgaps of approximately 0.3-eV near the Fermi level. Because their Seebeck coefficients are quite large negative values in the range 350-<-| S 373K|-<-550- μV-K-1 for undoped samples, it should be possible to obtain highly efficient thermoelectric materials both by adjusting the carrier concentration and by reducing the thermal conductivity. Here, we report the effects of doping on the thermoelectric properties of FeGa3 and RuGa3 as n and p-type materials. The dimensionless figure of merit, ZT, was significantly improved by substitution of Sn for Ga in FeGa3 (electron-doping) and by substitution of Zn for Ga in RuGa3 (hole-doping), mainly as a result of optimization of the electronic part, S 2 σ.

  2. Correlation between valence electronic structure and magnetic properties in RCo5 (R = rare earth) intermetallic compound

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    Zhi-Qin, Xue; Yong-Quan, Guo

    2016-06-01

    The magnetisms of RCo5 (R = rare earth) intermetallics are systematically studied with the empirical electron theory of solids and molecules (EET). The theoretical moments and Curie temperatures agree well with experimental ones. The calculated results show strong correlations between the valence electronic structure and the magnetic properties in RCo5 intermetallic compounds. The moments of RCo5 intermetallics originate mainly from the 3d electrons of Co atoms and 4f electrons of rare earth, and the s electrons also affect the magnetic moments by the hybridization of d and s electrons. It is found that moment of Co atom at 2c site is higher than that at 3g site due to the fact that the bonding effect between R and Co is associated with an electron transformation from 3d electrons into covalence electrons. In the heavy rare-earth-based RCo5 intermetallics, the contribution to magnetic moment originates from the 3d and 4f electrons. The covalence electrons and lattice electrons also affect the Curie temperature, which is proportional to the average moment along the various bonds. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 11274110).

  3. Photoemission Study of the Rare Earth Intermetallic Compounds: RNi2Ge2 (R=Eu, Gd)

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    Jongik Park

    2004-12-19

    EuNi{sub 2}Ge{sub 2} and GdNi{sub 2}Ge{sub 2} are two members of the RT{sub 2}X{sub 2} (R = rare earth, T = transition metal and X = Si, Ge) family of intermetallic compounds, which has been studied since the early 1980s. These ternary rare-earth intermetallic compounds with the tetragonal ThCr{sub 2}Si{sub 2} structure are known for their wide variety of magnetic properties, Extensive studies of the RT{sub 2}X{sub 2} series can be found in Refs [ 1,2,3]. The magnetic properties of the rare-earth nickel germanides RNi{sub 2}Ge{sub 2} were recently studied in more detail [4]. The purpose of this dissertation is to investigate the electronic structure (both valence band and shallow core levels) of single crystals of EuNi{sub 2}Ge{sub 2} and GdNi{sub 2}Ge{sub 2} and to check the assumptions that the f electrons are non-interacting and, consequently, the rigid-band model for these crystals would work [11], using synchrotron radiation because, to the best of our knowledge, no photoemission measurements on those have been reported. Photoemission spectroscopy has been widely used to study the detailed electronic structure of metals and alloys, and especially angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) has proven to be a powerful technique for investigating Fermi surfaces (FSs) of single-crystal compounds.

  4. Influence of magnetic fluctuations in the magnetocaloric effect on rare-earth intermetallic compounds

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    Álvarez, P.; Gorria, P.; Blanco, J. A.

    2011-07-01

    A theoretical model including both crystal-field and exchange interactions that considers the effect of magnetic fluctuations is developed to evaluate the temperature dependence of the isothermal magnetic entropy changes in ferromagnetic rare-earth-based intermetallic compounds. The Green’s functions are derived from their equation of motion. The magnetic moment correlation functions are determined beyond the random phase approximation by incorporating a measure of magnetic spontaneous fluctuations in a way that ensures self-consistency with regard to the fluctuation-dissipation theorem. In particular, the exact magnitude of the entropy change without magnetic moment fluctuations depends on the ratio of both the crystal-field first- and the crystal-field third-order magnetic susceptibilities at the Curie temperature, TC. These theoretical predictions are compared with experimental data on cubic RM2 (R=rareearth and M=Al and Ni) compounds, where the principal crystal-field and exchange parameters are well known.

  5. A review on the synthesis, crystal growth, structure and physical properties of rare earth based quaternary intermetallic compounds

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    Mumbaraddi, Dundappa; Sarkar, Sumanta; Peter, Sebastian C.

    2016-04-01

    This review highlights the synthesis and crystal growth of quaternary intermetallic compounds based on rare earth metals. In the first part of this review, we highlight briefly about intermetallics and their versatile properties in comparison to the constituent elements. In the next part, we have discussed about various synthesis techniques with more focus on the metal flux technique towards the well shaped crystal growth of novel compounds. In the subsequent parts, several disordered quaternary compounds have been reviewed and then outlined most known ordered quaternary compounds with their complex structure. A special attention has been given to the ordered compounds with structural description and relation to the parent binary and ternary compounds. The importance of electronic and structural feature is highlighted as the key roles in designing these materials for emerging applications.

  6. Review of magnetic properties and magnetocaloric effect in the intermetallic compounds of rare earth with low boiling point metals

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    Ling-Wei, Li

    2016-03-01

    The magnetocaloric effect (MCE) in many rare earth (RE) based intermetallic compounds has been extensively investigated during the last two decades, not only due to their potential applications for magnetic refrigeration but also for better understanding of the fundamental problems of the materials. This paper reviews our recent progress on studying the magnetic properties and MCE in some binary or ternary intermetallic compounds of RE with low boiling point metal(s) (Zn, Mg, and Cd). Some of them exhibit promising MCE properties, which make them attractive for low temperature magnetic refrigeration. Characteristics of the magnetic transition, origin of large MCE, as well as the potential application of these compounds are thoroughly discussed. Additionally, a brief review of the magnetic and magnetocaloric properties in the quaternary rare earth nickel boroncarbides RENi2B2C superconductors is also presented. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11374081 and 11004044), the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, China (Grant Nos. N150905001, L1509006, and N140901001), the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Postdoctoral Fellowships for Foreign Researchers (Grant No. P10060), and the Alexander von Humboldt (AvH) Foundation (Research stipend to L. Li).

  7. Synthesis of Xenon and Iron/Nickel Intermetallic Compounds Under the Thermodynamic Conditions of the Earth's Core.

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    Stavrou, E.; Zaug, J. M.; Crowhurst, J.; Lobanov, S.; Goncharov, A. F.; Prakapenka, V.; Prescher, C.; Yao, Y.; Liu, H.; Dai, Z.; Oleynik, I.; Steele, B.; Cong, K. N.

    2015-12-01

    The lower Xe abundance in Earth's atmosphere, in comparison to other noble gases like Ar and Kr, is one of the most challenging open questions in geosciences [1]. The origin of the so-called "missing Xe paradox" is usually attributed to the inclusion of Xe in the interior of Earth[2]. Although Xe is known to form compounds (e.g. with hydrogen, oxygen), none of them can be related with Earth's interior. Indeed, only a very low amount of Xe can be incorporated in silica at <1 GPa and 500K [3]. On the other hand, experimental attempts have failed to trace possible formation of Fe-Xe compounds up to 155 GPa and bellow 2500K [4]. A very recent theoretical study, suggests that Xe-Ni and Xe-Fe compounds can form at thermodynamic conditions representative of Earth's outer core [5]. Here we explored the possible formation of stable compounds in the Xe-Fe/Ni system at thermodynamic conditions representative of Earth's outer core starting from the following mixtures: a) Xe-Fe, b) Xe-Ni and c) Xe and an Fe/Ni alloy representative of Earth's core (ca 6% Ni). Using in situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy we report the formation of: a) a XeNi3 compound, in the form of a CrNi3-type FCC solid solution, above 150 GPa and 1500K, b) a Xe(Fe/Ni)3 compound, tentatively characterized as an orthorhombic NbPd3-type solid solution, above 190 GPa and 2000K and c) a still not completely characterized XeFexcompound above 180 GPa and 2000K. This work provides a plausible explanation of the "missing Xe paradox", and underscores the importance of understanding the novel rules of high-pressure chemistry for an improved understanding of the structure and chemistry of the Earth's core. [1] E. Anders, E. and T. Owen, Science 198, 453 (1977). [2] Caldwell, W. A. et al.,Science 277, 930 (1997). [3] C. Sanloup et al.,Science 310, 1174(2005). [4] D. Nishio-Hamane et al.,Geophys. Res. Lett. 37, L04302 (2010). [5] L. Zhu et al., Nature chemistry 6, 664 (2014).

  8. New twisted intermetallic compound superconductor: A concept

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    Coles, W. D.; Brown, G. V.; Laurence, J. C.

    1972-01-01

    Method for processing Nb3Sn and other intermetallic compound superconductors produces a twisted, stabilized wire or tube which can be used to wind electromagnetics, armatures, rotors, and field windings for motors and generators as well as other magnetic devices.

  9. Magnetic properties and structure of nonstoichiometric rare-earth transition-metal intermetallic compounds TbNi2Mn x (0 ≤ x ≤ 1.5)

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    Mushnikov, N. V.; Gaviko, V. S.; Gerasimov, E. G.; Terent'ev, P. B.; Tkach, I. A.

    2010-09-01

    Crystal structure, magnetization, coercive force, magnetic susceptibility, and anisotropic magnetostriction of nonstoichiometric rare-earth transition-metal intermetallic compounds TbNi2Mn x (0 ≤ x ≤ 1.5) have been studied. The samples with x ≤ 1 have an fcc structure, whereas TbNi2Mn1.25 has a rhombohedral structure of the PuNi3 type. It has been found that the magnetic ordering temperature increases sharply when manganese is added. As the Mn concentration grows, the magnetization and the magnetostriction decrease monotonically, while the coercive force increases. The experimental data obtained have been interpreted on the assumption that a partial substitution of manganese for terbium in TbNi2Mn x leads to local distortions of the crystal field acting on Tb ions, to the appearance of a local uniaxial random anisotropy, and to the formation of a noncollinear magnetic structure in the terbium sublattice.

  10. Comments on the thermoelectric power of intermetallic rare-earth compounds with well localized 4f shells

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    Szukiel, A. E.

    2016-05-01

    The anomalous temperature variation of the thermoelectric power in the metallic rare-earth compounds with well-localized 4f shells is sometimes interpreted as resulting from the conduction electrons scattering in the Born approximation on the acoustic phonons and on the localized spins in the s-f exchange interaction. Such an interpretation relies on the results of some theoretical works where the sign reversal and the maxima of the thermoelectric power were obtained within these simple models. In the present paper we prove that neither the electron-phonon scattering nor the magnetic s-f scattering in the Born approximation (nor both of them) do lead to the effects mentioned above.

  11. Chemical effect on diffusion in intermetallic compounds

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    Chen, Yi-Ting

    With the trend of big data and the Internet of things, we live in a world full of personal electronic devices and small electronic devices. In order to make the devices more powerful, advanced electronic packaging such as wafer level packaging or 3D IC packaging play an important role. Furthermore, ?-bumps, which connect silicon dies together with dimension less than 10 ?m, are crucial parts in advanced packaging. Owing to the dimension of ?-bumps, they transform into intermetallic compound from tin based solder after the liquid state bonding process. Moreover, many new reliability issues will occur in electronic packaging when the bonding materials change; in this case, we no longer have tin based solder joint, instead, we have intermetallic compound ?-bumps. Most of the potential reliability issues in intermetallic compounds are caused by the chemical reactions driven by atomic diffusion in the material; thus, to know the diffusivities of atoms inside a material is significant and can help us to further analyze the reliability issues. However, we are lacking these kinds of data in intermetallic compound because there are some problems if used traditional Darken's analysis. Therefore, we considered Wagner diffusivity in our system to solve the problems and applied the concept of chemical effect on diffusion by taking the advantage that large amount of energy will release when compounds formed. Moreover, by inventing the holes markers made by Focus ion beam (FIB), we can conduct the diffusion experiment and obtain the tracer diffusivities of atoms inside the intermetallic compound. We applied the technique on Ni3Sn4 and Cu3Sn, which are two of the most common materials in electronic packaging, and the tracer diffusivities are measured under several different temperatures; moreover, microstructure of the intermetallic compounds are investigated to ensure the diffusion environment. Additionally, the detail diffusion mechanism was also discussed in aspect of diffusion

  12. Oxygen stabilized zirconium vanadium intermetallic compound

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    Mendelsohn, Marshall H.; Gruen, Dieter M.

    1982-01-01

    An oxygen stabilized intermetallic compound having the formula Zr.sub.x OV.sub.y where x=0.7 to 2.0 and y=0.18 to 0.33. The compound is capable of reversibly sorbing hydrogen at temperatures from -196.degree. C. to 450.degree. C. at pressures down to 10.sup.-6 Torr. The compound is also capable of selectively sorbing hydrogen from gaseous mixtures in the presence of CO and CO.sub.2.

  13. Forging of FeAl intermetallic compounds

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    Flores, O.; Juarez, J.; Campillo, B.; Martinez, L.; Schneibel, J.H.

    1994-09-01

    Much activity has been concentrated on the development of intermetallic compounds with the aim of improving tensile ductility, fracture toughness and high notch sensitivity in order to develop an attractive combination of properties for high and low temperature applications. This paper reports experience in processing and forging of FeAl intermetallic of B2 type. During the experiments two different temperatures were employed, and the specimens were forged after annealing in air, 10{sup {minus}2} torr vacuum and argon. From the results it was learned that annealing FeAl in argon atmosphere prior to forging resulted in better deformation behavior than for the other two environments. For the higher forging temperature used in the experiments (700C), the as-cast microstructure becomes partially recrystallized.

  14. Magnetic field controlled FZ single crystal growth of intermetallic compounds

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    Hermann, R.; Behr, G.; Gerbeth, G.; Priede, J.; Uhlemann, H.-J.; Fischer, F.; Schultz, L.

    2005-02-01

    Intermetallic rare-earth-transition-metal compounds with their coexistence of magnetic ordering and superconductivity are still of great scientific interest. The crystal growth of bulk single crystals is very often unsuccessful due to an unfavorable solid-liquid interface geometry enclosing concave fringes. The aim of the work is the contactless control of heat and material transport during floating-zone single crystal growth of intermetallic compounds. This control is provided by a tailored design of the electromagnetic field and the resulting electromagnetically driven convection. Numerical simulations for the determination of the electromagnetic field configuration induced by the RF heater coil and the solution of the coupled heat and hydrodynamic equations were done for the model substance Ni with and without additional magnetic field. As a result, an innovative magnetic two-phase stirrer system has been developed which enables the controlled influence on the melt ranging from intensive inwards/outwards flows to flows almost at rest. The selection of parameters necessary for the desired fluid flow is determined from numerical simulation. The basis for the calculations are the process-related fluid flow conditions which are determined by the mode of heating, heat radiation at the free surface and material parameters. This treatment of the problem leads to the customised magnetic field for the special intermetallic compound. The application of the new magnetic system leads to a distinct improvement of the solid-liquid interface validated on experiments with the model substance Nickel.

  15. SYNTHESIS AND CHARACTERIZATION OF NEW INTERMETALLIC COMPOUNDS

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    Professor Monica Sorescu

    2003-05-07

    This six-month work is focused mainly on the properties of novel magnetic intermetallics. In the first project, we synthesized several 2:17 intermetallic compounds, namely Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 15}Si{sub 2}, Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 15}Al{sub 2}2, Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 15}SiAl and Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 15}SiMn, as well as several 1:12 intermetallic compounds, such as NdFe{sub 10}Si{sub 2}, NdFe{sub 10}Al{sub 2}, NdFe{sub 10}SiAl and NdFe{sub 10}MnAl. In the second project, seven compositions of Nd{sub x}Fe{sub 100-x-y}B{sub y} ribbons were prepared by a melt spinning method with Nd and B content increasing from 7.3 and 3.6 to 11 and 6, respectively. The alloys were annealed under optimized conditions to obtain a composite material consisting of the hard magnetic Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}B and soft magnetic {alpha}-Fe phases, typical of a spring magnet structure. In the third project, intermetallic compounds of the type Zr{sub 1}Cr{sub 1}Fe{sub 1}T{sub 0.8} with T=Al, Co and Fe were subjected to hydrogenation. In the fourth project, we performed three crucial experiments. In the first experiment, we subjected a mixture of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} and Fe(80-20 wt%) to mechanochemical activation by high-energy ball milling, for time periods ranging from 0.5 to 14 hours. In the second experiment, we ball-milled Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}:Co{sup 2+} (x=0.1) for time intervals between 2.5 and 17.5 hours. Finally, we exposed a mixture of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} and Co(80-20 wt%) to mechanochemical activation for time periods ranging from 0.5 to 10 hours. In all cases, the structural and magnetic properties of the systems involved were elucidated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Moessbauer spectroscopy and hysteresis loop measurements. The four projects resulted in four papers, which are currently being considered for publication in Intermetallics, IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, Journal of Materials Science Letters and Journal of Materials Science. The contributions reveal for the first time in literature the effect of

  16. Roles of Titanium-Intermetallic Compound Layer

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    Lee, Chii-Chang

    Four different configurations have been tested: Al-Cu, Ti/Al-Cu, Al-Cu/Ti, and Ti/Al-Cu/Ti to evaluate the possible contributions of Ti-intermetallic compound layer(s) to enhancement of the lifetime to failure. Basically, the proposed mechanisms can be classified into two groups: shunting effect and effects limited to changes in Al-Cu conducting layer(s). A resistance monitoring technique was adopted to supplement lifetime measurement to separate these two effects. By correlating the first resistance jump (spike) to the happening of a complete open across Al-Cu layer, it was found that the shunting effect contributes to enhancement of the lifetime by 4 times in Ti/Al-Cu, 2 times in Al-Cu/Ti, and 2 times in Ti/Al-Cu/Ti. A Ti underlayer was found to contribute mainly the shunting effect. However, from drift velocity measurements and failure mode analysis, it is possible to deduce that a Ti overlayer contributes not only the shunting effect but also another effect that acts to diminish the grain boundary mass transport rate by a factor of about 76. It is believed that the latter effect is a consequence of the high compressive yield stength conferred by the Ti-intermetallic compound overlayer to the Al-Cu layer. Finally, an important non-destructive technique, based on the characteristic x-rays generated by energetic electrons, to characterize the mass divergences in multilayer interconnects, was developed in this research, called SMEISIS, representing Simultaneous Multiple Elements Intensity Scanning of Interconnecting Stripes. This technique was proved to be capable of revealing detail about the shapes, nature, and location of mass divergence that cannot be revealed by thermal wave image technique and that requires time consuming multiple sectioning in TEM and SEM methods.

  17. Driving magnetostructural transitions in layered intermetallic compounds.

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    Wang, J L; Caron, L; Campbell, S J; Kennedy, S J; Hofmann, M; Cheng, Z X; Din, M F Md; Studer, A J; Brück, E; Dou, S X

    2013-05-24

    We report the dramatic effect of applied pressure and magnetic field on the layered intermetallic compound Pr(0.5)Y(0.5)Mn(2)Ge(2). In the absence of pressure or magnetic field this compound displays interplanar ferromagnetism at room temperature and undergoes an isostructural first order magnetic transition (FOMT) to an antiferromagnetic state below 158 K, followed by another FOMT at 50 K due to the reemergence of ferromagnetism as praseodymium orders (T(C)(Pr)). The application of a magnetic field drives these two transitions towards each other, whereas the application of pressure drives them apart. Pressure also produces a giant magnetocaloric effect such that a threefold increase of the entropy change associated with the lower FOMT (at T(C)(Pr)) is seen under a pressure of 7.5 kbar. First principles calculations, using density functional theory, show that this remarkable magnetic behavior derives from the strong magnetoelastic coupling of the manganese layers in this compound. PMID:23745927

  18. SrZn2Sn2 and Ca2Zn3Sn6 — two new Ae-Zn-Sn polar intermetallic compounds (Ae: alkaline earth metal)

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    Stegmaier, Saskia; Fässler, Thomas F.

    2012-08-01

    SrZn2Sn2 and Ca2Zn3Sn6, two closely related new polar intermetallic compounds, were obtained by high temperature reactions of the elements. Their crystal structures were determined with single crystal XRD methods, and their electronic structures were analyzed by means of DFT calculations. The Zn-Sn structure part of SrZn2Sn2 comprises (anti-)PbO-like {ZnSn4/4} and {SnZn4/4} layers. Ca2Zn3Sn6 shows similar {ZnSn4/4} layers and {Sn4Zn} slabs constructed of a covalently bonded Sn scaffold capped by Zn atoms. For both phases, the two types of layers are alternatingly stacked and interconnected via Zn-Sn bonds. SrZn2Sn2 adopts the SrPd2Bi2 structure type, and Ca2Zn3Sn6 is isotypic to the R2Zn3Ge6 compounds (R=La, Ce, Pr, Nd). Band structure calculations indicate that both SrZn2Sn2 and Ca2Zn3Sn6 are metallic. Analyses of the chemical bonding with the electron localization function (ELF) show lone pair like basins at Sn atoms and Zn-Sn bonding interactions between the layers for both title phases, and covalent Sn-Sn bonding within the {Sn4Zn} layers of Ca2Zn3Sn6.

  19. Huge positive hyperfine fields for Sn impurity atoms on R sites of R T intermetallic compounds (R=rare-earth, T=Fe, Co)

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    Krylov, V. I.; Delyagin, N. N.

    2006-10-01

    The magnetic hyperfine field Bhf of the 119Sn impurity atom on the R site of the RFe 2 (R=Sm, Tb, Tm), TbCo 2, RCo 5 (R=Dy, Ho, Er), GdCo 3 and Gd 2Co 7 intermetallic compounds has been investigated by Mössbauer spectroscopy technique. At 5 K, very large hyperfine fields equal to 46-56 T were observed. The B values are several times larger than commonly observed for Sn in 3d-based magnetic hosts. The hyperfine fields are positive (that is parallel to the 3d magnetic moments direction). The results can be interpreted qualitatively in terms of the theory proposed for the impurity atoms in homogeneous ferromagnetic hosts [J. Kanamori, H. Katayama-Yoshida, K. Terakura, Hyperfine Interact. 8 (1981) 573; J. Kanamori, H. Katayama-Yoshida, K. Terakura, Hyperfine Interact. 9 (1981) 363; M. Akai, H. Akai, J. Kanamori, J. Phys. Soc. Jpn. 54 (1985) 4246; S. Blügel, H. Akai, R. Zeller, P.H. Dederichs, Phys. Rev. B 35 (1987) 3271], when it is considered that the splitting between bonding and antibonding hybrid states is strongly dependent on the interatomic distance. As the distance between the probe atom and neighboring magnetic atoms increases, the population of the antibonding states grows and, as a consequence, the corresponding positive contribution to the B increases sharply. For Sn atom the positive contribution to the B dominates when the interatomic distance exceeds 0.28-0.29 nm.

  20. First-principles studies of Al-Ni intermetallic compounds

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    Shi Dongmin; Wen Bin; Melnik, Roderick; Yao Shan; Li Tingju

    2009-10-15

    The structural properties, heats of formation, elastic properties, and electronic structures of Al-Ni intermetallic compounds are analyzed here in detail by using density functional theory. Higher calculated absolute values of heats of formation indicate a very strong chemical interaction between Al and Ni for all Al-Ni intermetallic compounds. According to the computational single crystal elastic constants, all the Al-Ni intermetallic compounds considered here are mechanically stable. The polycrystalline elastic modulus and Poisson's ratio have been deduced by using Voigt, Reuss, and Hill (VRH) approximations, and the calculated ratio of shear modulus to bulk modulus indicated that AlNi, Al{sub 3}Ni, AlNi{sub 3} and Al{sub 3}Ni{sub 5} compounds are ductile materials, but Al{sub 4}Ni{sub 3} and Al{sub 3}Ni{sub 2} are brittle materials. With increasing Ni concentration, the bulk modulus of Al-Ni intermetallic compounds increases in a linear manner. The electronic energy band structures confirm that all Al-Ni intermetallic compounds are conductors. - Graphical abstract: Calculated bulk modulus compared to experimental and other theoretical values for the Al-Ni intermetallic compounds.

  1. Containerless automated processing of intermetallic compounds and composites

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    Johnson, D. R.; Joslin, S. M.; Reviere, R. D.; Oliver, B. F.; Noebe, R. D.

    1993-01-01

    An automated containerless processing system has been developed to directionally solidify high temperature materials, intermetallic compounds, and intermetallic/metallic composites. The system incorporates a wide range of ultra-high purity chemical processing conditions. The utilization of image processing for automated control negates the need for temperature measurements for process control. The list of recent systems that have been processed includes Cr, Mo, Mn, Nb, Ni, Ti, V, and Zr containing aluminides. Possible uses of the system, process control approaches, and properties and structures of recently processed intermetallics are reviewed.

  2. First-principles studies of Ni-Ta intermetallic compounds

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    Zhou Yi; Wen Bin; Ma Yunqing; Melnik, Roderick; Liu Xingjun

    2012-03-15

    The structural properties, heats of formation, elastic properties, and electronic structures of Ni-Ta intermetallic compounds are investigated in detail based on density functional theory. Our results indicate that all Ni-Ta intermetallic compounds calculated here are mechanically stable except for P21/m-Ni{sub 3}Ta and hc-NiTa{sub 2}. Furthermore, we found that Pmmn-Ni{sub 3}Ta is the ground state stable phase of Ni{sub 3}Ta polymorphs. The polycrystalline elastic modulus has been deduced by using the Voigt-Reuss-Hill approximation. All Ni-Ta intermetallic compounds in our study, except for NiTa, are ductile materials by corresponding G/K values and poisson's ratio. The calculated heats of formation demonstrated that Ni{sub 2}Ta are thermodynamically unstable. Our results also indicated that all Ni-Ta intermetallic compounds analyzed here are conductors. The density of state demonstrated the structure stability increases with the Ta concentration. - Graphical abstract: Mechanical properties and formation heats of Ni-Ta intermetallic compounds are discussed in detail in this paper. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Ni-Ta intermetallic compounds are investigated by first principle calculations. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer P21/m-Ni{sub 3}Ta and hc-NiTa{sub 2} are mechanically unstable phases. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Pmmn-Ni{sub 3}Ta is ground stable phase of Ni{sub 3}Ta polymorphs. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer All Ni-Ta intermetallic compounds are conducting materials.

  3. Magnetocaloric effect of RM2 (R = rare earth, M = Ni, Al) intermetallic compounds made by centrifugal atomization process for magnetic refrigerator

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    Matsumoto, K.; Asamato, K.; Nishimura, Y.; Zhu, Y.; Abe, S.; Numazawa, T.

    2012-12-01

    RM2 (R = rare earth, M = Al, Ni and Co) compounds have large entropy change and magnetic transition temperatures can be controlled by change of R and/or M so that are suitable to a magnetic refrigerator for hydrogen liquefaction under development. In order to improve refrigerator performance, spherical powdered HoAl2, DyAl2, and GdNi2 compounds with submillimeter diameter were synthesized by centrifugal atomization process. By measuring the magnetization and heat capacity, we obtained entropy change by magnetic fields and entropy as functions of temperature and magnetic field, which are essential for analysing the magnetic refrigeration cycle. All samples showed sharp magnetic transitions and had good potentials for use in magnetic refrigeration.

  4. Theoretical screening of intermetallic ThMn12-type phases for new hard-magnetic compounds with low rare earth content

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    Körner, Wolfgang; Krugel, Georg; Elsässer, Christian

    2016-04-01

    We report on theoretical investigations of intermetallic phases derived from the ThMn12-type crystal structure. Our computational high-throughput screening (HTS) approach is extended to an estimation of the anisotropy constant K1, the anisotropy field Ha and the energy product (BH)max. The calculation of K1 is fast since it is based on the crystal field parameters and avoids expensive total-energy calculations with many k-points. Thus the HTS approach allows a very efficient search for hard-magnetic materials for which the magnetization M and the coercive field Hc connected to Ha represent the key quantities. Besides for NdFe12N which has the highest magnetization we report HTS results for several intermetallic phases based on Cerium which are interesting as alternative hard-magnetic phases because Cerium is a less ressource-critical element than Neodymium.

  5. Theoretical screening of intermetallic ThMn12-type phases for new hard-magnetic compounds with low rare earth content

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    Körner, Wolfgang; Krugel, Georg; Elsässer, Christian

    2016-01-01

    We report on theoretical investigations of intermetallic phases derived from the ThMn12-type crystal structure. Our computational high-throughput screening (HTS) approach is extended to an estimation of the anisotropy constant K1, the anisotropy field Ha and the energy product (BH)max. The calculation of K1 is fast since it is based on the crystal field parameters and avoids expensive total-energy calculations with many k-points. Thus the HTS approach allows a very efficient search for hard-magnetic materials for which the magnetization M and the coercive field Hc connected to Ha represent the key quantities. Besides for NdFe12N which has the highest magnetization we report HTS results for several intermetallic phases based on Cerium which are interesting as alternative hard-magnetic phases because Cerium is a less ressource-critical element than Neodymium. PMID:27098547

  6. Theoretical screening of intermetallic ThMn12-type phases for new hard-magnetic compounds with low rare earth content.

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    Körner, Wolfgang; Krugel, Georg; Elsässer, Christian

    2016-01-01

    We report on theoretical investigations of intermetallic phases derived from the ThMn12-type crystal structure. Our computational high-throughput screening (HTS) approach is extended to an estimation of the anisotropy constant K1, the anisotropy field Ha and the energy product (BH)max. The calculation of K1 is fast since it is based on the crystal field parameters and avoids expensive total-energy calculations with many k-points. Thus the HTS approach allows a very efficient search for hard-magnetic materials for which the magnetization M and the coercive field Hc connected to Ha represent the key quantities. Besides for NdFe12N which has the highest magnetization we report HTS results for several intermetallic phases based on Cerium which are interesting as alternative hard-magnetic phases because Cerium is a less ressource-critical element than Neodymium. PMID:27098547

  7. First Principles Study of Al-Li Intermetallic Compounds

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    Yu, Hai-li; Duan, Xiao-hui; Ma, Yong-jun; Zeng, Min

    2012-12-01

    The structural properties, heats of formation, elastic properties, and electronic structures of four compositions of binary Al-Li intermetallics, Al3Li, AlLi, Al2Li3, and Al4Li9, are analyzed in detail by using density functional theory. The calculated formation heats indicate a strong chemical interaction between Al and Li for all the Al-Li intermetallics. In particular, in the Li-rich Al-Li compounds, the thermodynamic stability of intermetallics linearly decreases with increasing concentration of Li. According to the computational single crystal elastic constants, all the four Al-Li intermetallic compounds considered here are mechanically stable. The polycrystalline elastic modulus and Poisson's ratio have been deduced by using Voigt, Reuss, and Hill approximations, and the calculated ratios of bulk modulus to shear modulus indicate that the four compositions of binary Al-Li intermetallics are brittle materials. With the increase of Li concentration, the bulk modulus of Al-Li intermetallics decreases in a linear manner.

  8. Unique intermetallic compounds prepared by shock wave synthesis

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    Otto, G.; Reece, O. Y.; Roy, U.

    1971-01-01

    Technique compresses fine ground metallic powder mixture beyond crystal fusion point. Absence of vapor pressure voids and elimination of incongruous effects permit application of technique to large scale fabrication of intermetallic compounds with specific characteristics, e.g., semiconduction, superconduction, or magnetic properties.

  9. PAC Studies on Zr-Based Intermetallic Compounds

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    Damonte, L. C.; Mendoza-Zélis, L. A.

    2004-11-01

    The Zr2Al, Zr3Al2 and Zr6NiAl2 intermetallic compounds were characterized by means of time differential perturbed angular correlation (TDPAC) and X-ray diffraction. Our interest in these Zr(Hf) aluminides comes from crystallization studies of Zr(Hf)-based bulk metallic glasses which have a wide supercooled liquid region.

  10. Explosive reaction pressing of intermetallic compounds from stoichiometric powder mixtures

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    Kochsiek, D.; Pruemmer, R.; Brunold, A.

    1995-09-01

    Intermetallic NiAl, TiAl, and TiAl{sub 3} were synthesized by shock compression experiments from stoichiometric powder mixtures of nickel and aluminium as well as of titanium and aluminium. Good consolidation and complete intermetallic reaction were achieved by the direct method of explosive compaction. For each powder mixture, a certain individual threshold pressure has to be exceeded in order to initiate intermetallic reaction. The reacting compounds melted completely with subsequent rapid solidification during the passage of the shock wave. The new material shows high hardness. Pores are formed by gaseous reaction products in the NiAl and TiAl{sub 3} compacts. The TiAl structure is fully-dense and dendritic.

  11. Oxygen-stabilized zirconium-vanadium intermetallic compound

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    Mendelsohn, M.H.; Gruen, D.M.

    1981-10-06

    An oxygen stabilized intermetallic compound having the formula Zr/sub x/OV/sub y/ where x = 0.7 to 2.0 and y = 0.18 to 0.33 is described. The compound is capable of reversibly sorbing hydrogen at temperatures from - 196/sup 0/C to 450/sup 0/C at pressures down to 10/sup -6/ Torr. The compound is also capable of selectively sorbing hydrogen from gaseous mixtures in the presence of CO and CO/sub 2/.

  12. Magnetism and superconductivity of uranium and intermetallic compounds

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    Cooley, J. C.; Gay, E. C.; Hanrahan, R. J.; Hults, W. L.; Lashley, J. C.; Manley, M. E.; McPheeters, C. C.; Schmiedeshoff, G. M.; Thoma, D. J.; Touton, S.; Smith, J. L.

    2001-01-01

    Heat capacity, resistivity, and phonon density of states have been measured on uranium and reported already. Many of the results are on single crystals of purity that has been unavailable before. Some intermetallic compounds have been measured that are in the class of so-called heavy-fermion materials. We present here the latest results along with a discussion of the occurrence of superconductivity or magnetism in these materials.

  13. Magnetic and magnetocaloric properties of the new rare-earth-transition-metal intermetallic compound Gd3Co29Ge4B10

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    Hill, P.; Dubenko, Igor; Samanta, Tapas; Quetz, Abdiel; Ali, Naushad

    2012-04-01

    The compounds Gd3-xYxCo29Ge4B10 (x = 0, 0.5, 1.0, 1.5, and 3.0), Gd3Co29Al4B10, and Gd3Co29Al4B10 were synthesized by arc melting, and their magnetic properties investigated as a function of temperature and applied magnetic field. X-ray measurements showed primarily single-phase samples with the tetragonal crystal structure P4/nmm. It was found that Gd3Co29Ge4B10 orders ferromagnetically at TC = 212 K and shows a compensation point at 128 K, indicating a ferrimagnetic ordering of the Co and Gd moments. An entropy change of -ΔS = 0.5 J/kgK was observed in a 5-T field at TC for this sample, while a change in sign for this quantity was observed both at the maximum value of magnetization (around 200 K) and then again at the compensation point. Substitution of Y for Gd in Gd3Co29Ge4B10 does not affect the Curie temperature, but shifts the compensation point to lower temperatures. This indicates that a decrease in Gd concentration does not affect the d-d exchange interaction, but has a pronounced effect on the f-d exchange interaction.

  14. Extreme Poisson's ratios and their electronic origin in B2 CsCl-type AB intermetallic compounds

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    Wang, X. F.; Jones, Travis E.; Li, W.; Zhou, Y. C.

    2012-04-01

    Negative Poisson's ratios have been observed in a variety of metals and alloys. However, the electronic origin of this effect remains unclear, as is evident by our limited knowledge about intermetallics showing this behavior. In an effort to clarify the electronic origin of a negative Poisson's ratio, we have performed a systematic and comprehensive study of extreme (both positive and negative) Poisson's ratios behavior in the B2 CsCl-type AB intermetallic family (including 14 common intermetallics and 128 rare-earth-metal transition or main-group-metal intermetallics) by way of density functional theory calculations. We found a pronounced correlation between the extreme Poisson's ratios and the elastic anisotropy, with approximately 70% of the B2 intermetallics showing intrinsic auxetic behavior. We went on to examine the topology and geometry of the electron charge density and found that the extreme Poisson's ratios are attributable to the directionality of the bonds of the material. Auxetic materials were found to have nondirectional bonds, and nonauxetic compounds had directional bonds. Our findings provide an essential electronic perspective to forecast the auxetic behavior, and suggest a new application for intermetallic compounds.

  15. Surfaces of complex intermetallic compounds: insights from density functional calculations.

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    Hafner, Jürgen; Krajčí, Marian

    2014-11-18

    CONSPECTUS: Complex intermetallic compounds are a class of ordered alloys consisting of quasicrystals and other ordered compounds with large unit cells; many of them are approximant phases to quasicrystals. Quasicrystals are the limiting case where the unit cell becomes infinitely large; approximants are series of periodic structures converging to the quasicrystal. While the unique properties of quasicrystals have inspired many investigations of their surfaces, relatively little attention has been devoted to the surface properties of the approximants. In general, complex intermetallic compounds display rather irregular, often strongly corrugated surfaces, making the determination of their atomic structure a very complex and challenging task. During recent years, scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) has been used to study the surfaces of several complex intermetallic compounds. If atomic resolution can be achieved, STM permits visualization of the local atomistic surface structure. However, the interpretation of the STM images is often ambiguous and sometimes even impossible without a realistic model of the structure of the surface and the distribution of the electronic density above the surface. Here we demonstrate that ab initio density functional theory (DFT) can be used to determine the energetics and the geometric and electronic structures of the stable surfaces of complex intermetallic compounds. Calculations for surfaces with different chemical compositions can be performed in the grand canonical ensemble. Simulated cleavage experiments permit us to determine the formation of the cleavage planes requiring the lowest energy. The investigation of the adsorption of molecular species permits a comparison with temperature-programmed thermal desorption experiments. Calculated surface electronic densities of state can be compared with the results of photoelectron spectroscopy. Simulations of detailed STM images can be directly confronted with the experimental results

  16. Structural and Electronic Investigations of Complex Intermetallic Compounds

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    Ko, Hyunjin

    2008-01-01

    In solid state chemistry, numerous investigations have been attempted to address the relationships between chemical structure and physical properties. Such questions include: (1) How can we understand the driving forces of the atomic arrangements in complex solids that exhibit interesting chemical and physical properties? (2) How do different elements distribute themselves in a solid-state structure? (3) Can we develop a chemical understanding to predict the effects of valence electron concentration on the structures and magnetic ordering of systems by both experimental and theoretical means? Although these issues are relevant to various compound classes, intermetallic compounds are especially interesting and well suited for a joint experimental and theoretical effort. For intermetallic compounds, the questions listed above are difficult to answer since many of the constituent atoms simply do not crystallize in the same manner as in their separate, elemental structures. Also, theoretical studies suggest that the energy differences between various structural alternatives are small. For example, Al and Ga both belong in the same group on the Periodic Table of Elements and share many similar chemical properties. Al crystallizes in the fcc lattice with 4 atoms per unit cell and Ga crystallizes in an orthorhombic unit cell lattice with 8 atoms per unit cell, which are both fairly simple structures (Figure 1). However, when combined with Mn, which itself has a very complex cubic crystal structure with 58 atoms per unit cell, the resulting intermetallic compounds crystallize in a completely different fashion. At the 1:1 stoichiometry, MnAl forms a very simple tetragonal lattice with two atoms per primitive unit cell, while MnGa crystallizes in a complicated rhombohedral unit cell with 26 atoms within the primitive unit cell. The mechanisms influencing the arrangements of atoms in numerous crystal structures have been studied theoretically by calculating electronic

  17. Development of New Cryocooler Regenerator Materials-Ductile Intermetallic Compounds

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    K.A. Gschneidner; A.O. Pecharsky; V.K. Pecharsky

    2004-09-30

    The volumetric heat capacities of a number of binary and ternary Er- and Tm-based intermetallic compounds, which exhibited substantial ductilities, were measured from {approx}3 to {approx}350 K. They have the RM stoichiometry (where R = Er or Tm, and M is a main group or transition metal) and crystallize in the CsCl-type structure. The heat capacities of the Tm-based compounds are in general larger than the corresponding Er-based materials. Many of them have heat capacities which are significantly larger than those of the low temperature (<15 K) prototype cryocooler regenerator materials HoCu{sub 2}, Er{sub 3}Ni and ErNi. Utilization of the new materials as regenerators in the various cryocoolers should improve the performance of these refrigeration units for cooling below 15 K.

  18. SrZn{sub 2}Sn{sub 2} and Ca{sub 2}Zn{sub 3}Sn{sub 6} - two new Ae-Zn-Sn polar intermetallic compounds (Ae: alkaline earth metal)

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    Stegmaier, Saskia; Faessler, Thomas F.

    2012-08-15

    SrZn{sub 2}Sn{sub 2} and Ca{sub 2}Zn{sub 3}Sn{sub 6}, two closely related new polar intermetallic compounds, were obtained by high temperature reactions of the elements. Their crystal structures were determined with single crystal XRD methods, and their electronic structures were analyzed by means of DFT calculations. The Zn-Sn structure part of SrZn{sub 2}Sn{sub 2} comprises (anti-)PbO-like {l_brace}ZnSn{sub 4/4}{r_brace} and {l_brace}SnZn{sub 4/4}{r_brace} layers. Ca{sub 2}Zn{sub 3}Sn{sub 6} shows similar {l_brace}ZnSn{sub 4/4}{r_brace} layers and {l_brace}Sn{sub 4}Zn{r_brace} slabs constructed of a covalently bonded Sn scaffold capped by Zn atoms. For both phases, the two types of layers are alternatingly stacked and interconnected via Zn-Sn bonds. SrZn{sub 2}Sn{sub 2} adopts the SrPd{sub 2}Bi{sub 2} structure type, and Ca{sub 2}Zn{sub 3}Sn{sub 6} is isotypic to the R{sub 2}Zn{sub 3}Ge{sub 6} compounds (R=La, Ce, Pr, Nd). Band structure calculations indicate that both SrZn{sub 2}Sn{sub 2} and Ca{sub 2}Zn{sub 3}Sn{sub 6} are metallic. Analyses of the chemical bonding with the electron localization function (ELF) show lone pair like basins at Sn atoms and Zn-Sn bonding interactions between the layers for both title phases, and covalent Sn-Sn bonding within the {l_brace}Sn{sub 4}Zn{r_brace} layers of Ca{sub 2}Zn{sub 3}Sn{sub 6}. - Graphical abstract: Crystal structures of the new Ae-Zn-Sn polar intermetallic phases SrZn{sub 2}Sn{sub 2} and Ca{sub 2}Zn{sub 3}Sn{sub 6}. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer New polar intermetallic phases SrZn{sub 2}Sn{sub 2} and Ca{sub 2}Zn{sub 3}Sn{sub 6}. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Obtained by high temperature reactions of the elements. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Single crystal XRD structure determination and DFT electronic structure calculations. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Closely related crystal and electronic structures. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Metallic conductivity coexisting with lone pairs and covalent bonding

  19. Effects of elastic anisotropy on mechanical behavior of intermetallic compounds

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    Yoo, M.H.

    1991-01-01

    Fundamental aspects of the deformation and fracture behavior of ordered intermetallic compounds are examined within the framework of linear anisotropic elasticity theory of dislocations and cracks. The orientation dependence and the tension/compression asymmetry of yield stress are explained in terms of the anisotropic coupling effect of non-glide stresses to the glide strain. The anomalous yield behavior is related to the disparity (edge/screw) of dislocation mobility and the critical stress required for the dislocation multiplication mechanism of Frank-Read type. The slip-twin conjugate relationship, extensive faulting, and pseudo-twinning (martensitic transformation) at a crack tip can be enhanced also by the anisotropic coupling effect, which may lead to transformation toughening of shear type.

  20. Griffiths phase behaviour in a frustrated antiferromagnetic intermetallic compound

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    Ghosh, Krishanu; Mazumdar, Chandan; Ranganathan, R.; Mukherjee, S.

    2015-01-01

    The rare coexistence of a Griffiths phase (GP) and a geometrically frustrated antiferromagnetism in the non-stoichiometric intermetallic compound GdFe0.17Sn2 (the paramagnetic Weiss temperature θp ~ −59 K) is reported in this work. The compound forms in the Cmcm space group with large structural anisotropy (b/c ~ 4). Interestingly, all the atoms in the unit cell possess the same point group symmetry (Wycoff position 4c), which is rather rare. The frustration parameter, f = |θp|/TN has been established as 3.6, with the Néel temperature TN and Griffiths temperature TG being 16.5 and 32 K, respectively. The TG has been determined from the heat capacity measurement and also from the magnetocaloric effect (MCE). It is also shown that substantial difference in GP region may exist between zero field and field cooled measurements - a fact hitherto not emphasized so far. PMID:26515256

  1. Magnetic Anisotropy and Crystalline Electric Field in Quaternary Intermetallic Compounds

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    Lee, W. C.

    All isostructural compounds RNi2B2C (R =Er, Ho, Dy) show some magnetic transitions in magnetization isotherms at certain applied magnetic fields and temperatures above and below Neel and superconducting temperatures (TN, TC) where TN/TC varies from 0.57 to 1.66 for ErNi2B2C and DyNi2B2C. By using theoretical group analysis of D4h (I4/mmm) to the energy level scheme of crystalline electric field of magnetization isotherms anisotropy at various temperatures, we have obtained some possible ground state energy levels such as singlet Γ4 and first excited doublet state Γ5 in addition to another excited singlet Γ1 . Our crystalline electric field energy scheme analysis shows some qualitative agreement between theoretical calculation and experiments at high magnetic fields regime only, which means the interplay between antiferromagnetsm and superconductivity should be included. Magnetic Anisotropy and Crystalline Electric Field in Quaternary Intermetallic Compounds.

  2. Rare-earth transition-metal intermetallics: Structure-bonding-property relationships

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    Han, M.K.

    2006-05-06

    The explorations of rare-earth, transition metal intermetallics have resulted in the synthesis and characterization, and electronic structure investigation, as well as understanding the structure-bonding property relationships. The work has presented the following results: (1) Understanding the relationship between compositions and properties in LaFe{sub 13-x}Si{sub x} system: A detailed structural and theoretical investigation provided the understanding of the role of a third element on stabilizing the structure and controlling the transformation of cubic NaZn{sub 13}-type structures to the tetragonal derivative, as well as the relationship between the structures and properties. (2) Synthesis of new ternary rare-earth iron silicides Re{sub 2-x}Fe{sub 4}Si{sub 14-y} and proposed superstructure: This compound offers complex structural challenges such as fractional occupancies and their ordering in superstructure. (3) Electronic structure calculation of FeSi{sub 2}: This shows that the metal-semiconductor phase transition depends on the structure. The mechanism of band gap opening is described in terms of bonding and structural distortion. This result shows that the electronic structure calculations are an essential tool for understanding the relationship between structure and chemical bonding in these compounds. (4) Synthesis of new ternary rare-earth Zinc aluminides Tb{sub 3}Zn{sub 3.6}Al{sub 7.4}: Partially ordered structure of Tb{sub 3}Zn{sub 3.6}Al{sub 7.4} compound provides new insights into the formation, composition and structure of rare-earth transition-metal intermetallics. Electronic structure calculations attribute the observed composition to optimizing metal-metal bonding in the electronegative (Zn, Al) framework, while the specific ordering is strongly influenced by specific orbital interactions. (5) Synthesis of new structure type of Zn{sub 39}(Cr{sub x}Al{sub 1-x}){sub 81}: These layered structures are similar to icosahedral Mn-Al quasicrystalline

  3. Rare-Earth Transition-Metal Intermetallics: Structure-bonding-Property Relationships

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    Mi-Kyung Han

    2006-05-01

    Our explorations of rare-earth, transition metal intermetallics have resulted in the synthesis and characterization, and electronic structure investigation, as well as understanding the structure-bonding-property relationships. Our work has presented the following results: (1) Understanding the relationship between compositions and properties in LaFe{sub 13-x}Si{sub x} system: A detailed structural and theoretical investigation provided the understanding of the role of a third element on stabilizing the structure and controlling the transformation of cubic NaZn{sub 13}-type structures to the tetragonal derivative, as well as the relationship between the structures and properties. (2) Synthesis of new ternary rare-earth iron silicides RE{sub 2-x}Fe{sub 4}Si{sub 14-y} and proposed superstructure: This compound offers complex structural challenges such as fractional occupancies and their ordering in superstructure. (3) Electronic structure calculation of FeSi{sub 2}: This shows that the metal-semiconductor phase transition depends on the structure. The mechanism of band gap opening is described in terms of bonding and structural distortion. This result shows that the electronic structure calculations are an essential tool for understanding the relationship between structure and chemical bonding in these compounds. (4) Synthesis of new ternary rare-earth Zinc aluminides Tb{sub 3}Zn{sub 3.6}Al{sub 7.4}: Partially ordered structure of Tb{sub 3}Zn{sub 3.6}Al{sub 7.4} compound provides new insights into the formation, composition and structure of rare-earth transition-metal intermetallics. Electronic structure calculations attribute the observed composition to optimizing metal-metal bonding in the electronegative (Zn, Al) framework, while the specific ordering is strongly influenced by specific orbital interactions. (5) Synthesis of new structure type of Zn{sub 39}(Cr{sub x}Al{sub 1-x}){sub 81}: These layered structures are similar to icosahedral Mn-Al quasicrystalline

  4. Magnetic and crystallographic structures in UTX intermetallic compounds

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    Robinson, R.A.; Lawson, A.C.; Sechovsky, V.; Havela, L.; Kergadallan, Y.; Nakotte, H.; de Boer, F.R.

    1993-08-01

    Uranium, along with other actinides and lanthanides, forms a large group of ternary intermetallic compounds of stoichiometry UTX (T = transition metal, X = p-electron metal). These compounds are formed in several structure types and the occurrence and stability of particular structures with respect to the transition metal content suggests reasonable systematics. The authors have also investigated the magnetic structures of selected UTX compounds and it is revealing to relate the crystallographic and magnetic structures, because of the relationship between the magnetic symmetry and that of the U-atom environment produced by the 5f-ligand hybridization, and the consequent anisotropic exchange. Those of ZrNiAl structure type are collinear, with moments along the hexagonal c-axis. In the orthorhombic NiSiTi structure type, the moments are confined to the b- c plane (perpendicular to the uranium chains) and the structures are often incommensurate. In the hexagonal CaIn{sub 2} (or GaGeLi) structure type, the magnetic structures form in an orthorhombic cell, and at least in the disordered centric group, again the moments lie perpendicular to the nearest-neighbor uranium spacing. This work presents a phenomenology of trends in UTX ternary compounds. It is shown that there is an apparent strong hybridization parallel to nearest neighbor U-U directions, with ferromagnetic coupling in the same directions. There may be a systematic relationship between the hybridization anisotropy and the magnetic anisotropy, in which the quantization axes are the same and the moments point along directions of relatively weak hybridization.

  5. Intermetallic compound formation at Cu-Al wire bond interface

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    Bae, In-Tae; Young Jung, Dae; Chen, William T.; Du Yong

    2012-12-15

    Intermetallic compound (IMC) formation and evolution at Cu-Al wire bond interface were studied using focused ion beam /scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM)/energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS), nano beam electron diffraction (NBED) and structure factor (SF) calculation. It was found that discrete IMC patches were formed at the Cu/Al interface in as-packaged state and they grew toward Al pad after high temperature storage (HTS) environment at 150 Degree-Sign C. TEM/EDS and NBED results combined with SF calculation revealed the evidence of metastable {theta} Prime -CuAl{sub 2} IMC phase (tetragonal, space group: I4m2, a = 0.404 nm, c= 0.580 nm) formed at Cu/Al interfaces in both of the as-packaged and the post-HTS samples. Two feasible mechanisms for the formation of the metastable {theta} Prime -CuAl{sub 2} phase are discussed based on (1) non-equilibrium cooling of wire bond that is attributed to highly short bonding process time and (2) the epitaxial relationships between Cu and {theta} Prime -CuAl{sub 2}, which can minimize lattice mismatch for {theta} Prime -CuAl{sub 2} to grow on Cu.

  6. New Interest in Intermetallic Compound ZnSb

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    Fedorov, M. I.; Prokof'eva, L. V.; Pshenay-Severin, D. A.; Shabaldin, A. A.; Konstantinov, P. P.

    2014-06-01

    The intermetallic compound ZnSb has been known since the 1830s. It has semiconductor properties, but its mechanical, thermal, and chemical properties are very close to those of a metallic alloy. When thermoelectrics based on (BiSb)2(TeSe)3 solid solutions were created, interest in ZnSb subsided. However, the current situation is different, as tellurium has become expensive and rare. Moreover, its compounds are too toxic, and it is too difficult to produce such materials and devices from these solid solutions. Recently, n-type material based on Mg2(SnSi) solid solution was proposed in the Laboratory of Physics for Thermoelements of the Ioffe Physical-Technical Institute. This material together with ZnSb may form a promising couple for creating various thermoelectric modules. In this paper, various properties (Hall and Seebeck coefficients, electrical and thermal conductivities) are reported in the temperature range from 80 K to 797 K. Different acceptor impurities have been tested. The Hall concentration at room temperature varied from 1.5 × 1018 cm-3 to 2.7 × 1019 cm-3. Some features have been discovered in the behavior of the thermoelectric parameters of double-doped ZnSb samples at temperatures above 500 K. Their nature points to a temperature-dependent increase of the Hall concentration. The existence of two temperature ranges with additional doping is revealed by Hall coefficient and electrical conductivity measurements in the range from 80 K to 797 K. The experimental data are discussed based on a model of the energy spectrum with impurity and native defect states localized in the energy gap. It is shown that the dimensionless thermoelectric figure of merit of ZnSb: Cd, Ag, Sn is not less than 1.0 at 600 K.

  7. Identification and control of grinding processes for intermetallic compounds

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    Razavi, Hosein Ali

    2000-10-01

    An intermetallic compound (IMC) is a combination of two or more metals with a particular atomic formula by having either ionic and covalent bonds, or metallic bonds with specific crystal structures. They may be thought of as the intermediate between metals and ceramics. These new materials may combine the best of each class: the ductility, heat and electric conductivity of metals with the strength and oxidation resistance of ceramics. Previous study has proposed that the depth of plastic deformation can be used as a parameter to describe the influence of grinding conditions on other physical properties of subsurface layers. Accordingly, the indentation model has been developed to correlate the depth of plastic deformation with the normal component of grinding force. It has been reported that the under certain grinding conditions the depth of plastic deformation does not follow the indentation model. The primary objective of this research is to explain such deviations and to demonstrate that this model can be used to control and predict the depth of plastic deformation. Elements of this research include the development of an open architecture platform to study grinding process, a signal processing algorithm for gap elimination, introducing and implementation of model reference unfalsification and learning concept, development of a mathematical model for grinding gamma-TiAl, a comparison between conventional and superabrasive grinding, control and prediction of the depth of plastic deformation, and initiation of one of the first databases for grinding gamma-TiAl. This work not only serves as a step toward the use of IMCs in future technology but also serves as a step toward autonomous machining systems using intelligent control and advanced monitoring which is a feature of the future abrasive technology.

  8. Microwave assisted combustion synthesis of non-equilibrium intermetallic compounds.

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    Veronesi, Paolo; Rosa, Roberto; Colombini, Elena; Leonelli, Cristina; Poli, Giorgio; Casagrande, Angelo

    2010-01-01

    A simplified model of the microwave-assisted combustion synthesis of Ni and Al metal powders to form the NiAl intermetallic on titanium and steel substrates is presented. The simulation couples an electro-thermal model with a chemical model, accounting for local heat generation due to the highly exothermic nature of the reactions between the powders. Numerical results, validated by experimental values, show that the capability of microwaves to convey energy, and not heat, can be used to alter the temperature profiles during and after the combustion synthesis, leading to unique intermetallic microstructures. This phenomenon is ascribed to the extended existence of high temperature liquid intermetallic phases, which react with the metallic substrates at the interface. Moreover, microwave heating selectivity allows to maintain the bulk of the substrate metallic materials to a much lower temperature, compared to combustion synthesis in conventionally heated furnaces, thus reducing possible unwanted transformations like phase change or oxidation. PMID:21721328

  9. Surface integrity on grinding of gamma titanium aluminide intermetallic compounds

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    Murtagian, Gregorio Roberto

    Gamma-TiAl is an ordered intermetallic compound characterized by high strength to density ratio, good oxidation resistance, and good creep properties at elevated temperatures. However, it is intrinsically brittle at room temperature. This thesis investigates the potential for the use of grinding to process TiAl into useful shapes. Grinding is far from completely understood, and many aspects of the individual mechanical interactions of the abrasive grit with the material and their effect on surface integrity are unknown. The development of new synthetic diamond superabrasives in which shape and size can be controlled raises the question of the influence of those variables on the surface integrity. The goal of this work is to better understand the fundamentals of the abrasive grit/material interaction in grinding operations. Experimental, analytical, and numerical work was done to characterize and predict the resultant deformation and surface integrity on ground lamellar gamma-TiAl. Grinding tests were carried out, by analyzing the effects of grit size and shape, workpiece speed, wheel depth of cut, and wear on the subsurface plastic deformation depth (PDD). A practical method to assess the PDD is introduced based on the measurement of the lateral material flow by 3D non-contact surface profilometry. This method combines the quantitative capabilities of the microhardness measurement with the sensitivity of Nomarski microscopy. The scope and limitations of this technique are analyzed. Mechanical properties were obtained by quasi-static and split Hopkinson bar compression tests. Residual stress plots were obtained by x-ray, and surface roughness and cracking were evaluated. The abrasive grit/material interaction was accounted by modeling the force per abrasive grit for different grinding conditions, and studying its correlation to the PDD. Numerical models of this interaction were used to analyze boundary conditions, and abrasive size effects on the PDD. An explicit 2D

  10. X-Ray Diffraction of Intermetallic Compounds: A Physical Chemistry Laboratory Experiment

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    Varberg, Thomas D.; Skakuj, Kacper

    2015-01-01

    Here we describe an experiment for the undergraduate physical chemistry laboratory in which students synthesize the intermetallic compounds AlNi and AlNi3 and study them by X-ray diffractometry. The compounds are synthesized in a simple one-step reaction occurring in the solid state. Powder X-ray diffractograms are recorded for the two compounds…

  11. Electronic and high pressure elastic properties of RECd and REHg (RE=Sc, La and Yb) intermetallic compounds

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    Devi, Hansa; Pagare, Gitanjali; Chouhan, Sunil S.; Sanyal, Sankar P.

    2015-01-01

    Structural, electronic, elastic and mechanical properties of Cd and Hg based rare earth intermetallics (RECd and REHg; RE=Sc, La and Yb) have been investigated using the full-potential linearized augmented plane-wave (FP-LAPW) method within the density-functional theory (DFT). The ground state properties such as lattice constant (a0), bulk modulus (B) and its pressure derivative (B‧) have been obtained using optimization method and are found in good agreement with the available experimental results. The calculated enthalpy of formation shows that LaHg has the strongest alloying ability and structural stability. The electronic band structures and density of states reveal the metallic character of these compounds. The structural stability mechanism is also explained through the electronic structures of these compounds. The chemical bonding between rare earth atoms and Cd, Hg is interpreted by the charge density plots along (1 1 0) direction. The elastic constants are predicted from which all the related mechanical properties like Poisson's ratio (σ), Young's modulus (E), shear modulus (GH) and anisotropy factor (A) are calculated. The ductility/brittleness of these intermetallics is predicted. Chen's method has been used to predict the Vicker's hardness of RECd and REHg compounds. The pressure variation of the elastic constants is also reported in their B2 phase.

  12. Formation and nitridation of vanadium-aluminum intermetallic compounds.

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    Lewalter, H; Bock, W; Kolbesen, B O

    2002-10-01

    V(5)Al(8) and V(3)Al intermetallics have been formed by interdiffusion, by annealing of sputtered V/Al-multilayers at 700 degrees C in vacuo; sapphire (102) was used as substrate. The V/Al intermetallics were nitridated in NH(3) at 900 degrees C for 1 min by RTP (rapid thermal processing). The samples were investigated with XRD (X-ray diffraction), SNMS (secondary neutral mass spectrometry), and AFM (atomic force microscopy). A 5-10 nm thick AlN film (001 textured) was formed by nitridation of V(5)Al(8) (110 textured) and 2-3% nitrogen was incorporated in the V(5)Al(8) bulk. Nitridation of V(3)Al resulted in the formation of VN and AlN. Direct nitridation of V/Al-multilayers showed that near the surface nitridation is faster than intermixing of the V and Al layers. The capability of VN as diffusion barrier for Al could also be shown. PMID:12397502

  13. Modeling of Intermetallic Compounds Growth Between Dissimilar Metals

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    Wang, Li; Wang, Yin; Prangnell, Philip; Robson, Joseph

    2015-09-01

    A model has been developed to predict growth kinetics of the intermetallic phases (IMCs) formed in a reactive diffusion couple between two metals for the case where multiple IMC phases are observed. The model explicitly accounts for the effect of grain boundary diffusion through the IMC layer, and can thus be used to explore the effect of IMC grain size on the thickening of the reaction layer. The model has been applied to the industrially important case of aluminum to magnesium alloy diffusion couples in which several different IMC phases are possible. It is demonstrated that there is a transition from grain boundary-dominated diffusion to lattice-dominated diffusion at a critical grain size, which is different for each IMC phase. The varying contribution of grain boundary diffusion to the overall thickening kinetics with changing grain size helps explain the large scatter in thickening kinetics reported for diffusion couples produced under different conditions.

  14. First-principle studies of Ca-X (X=Si,Ge,Sn,Pb) intermetallic compounds

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    Yang Zhiwen; Shi Dongmin; Wen Bin; Melnik, Roderick; Yao Shan; Li Tingju

    2010-01-15

    The structural properties, elastic properties, heats of formation, electronic structures, and densities of states of 20 intermetallic compounds in the Ca-X (X=Si, Ge, Sn, Pb) systems have been systematically investigated by using first-principle calculations. Our computational results indicated that with increasing atomic weight of X, the bulk modulus of Ca-X intermetallic compounds decreases gradually. It was also found that Ca{sub 36}Sn{sub 23} and CaPb are mechanically unstable phases. Results on the electronic energy band and densities of states also indicated that Ca{sub 3}Si{sub 4} is an indirect band gap semiconductor with a band gap of 0.598 eV, and Ca{sub 2}Si, Ca{sub 2}Ge, Ca{sub 2}Sn, and Ca{sub 2}Pb are direct band gap semiconductors with band gaps of 0.324, 0.265, 0.06, and 0.07 eV, respectively. In addition, it is found that the absolute values of heats of formation for all Ca-X intermetallics are larger than 30 kJ/mol atom. - Graphical abstract: Calculated (a) bulk moduli and (b) shear moduli of Ca-X system intermetallic compounds.

  15. Synthesis, Characterization and Properties of Nanoparticles of Intermetallic Compounds

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    DiSalvo, Francis J.

    2015-03-12

    The research program from 2010 to the end of the grant focused on understanding the factors important to the synthesis of single phase intermetallic nano-particles (NPs), their size, crystalline order, surface properties and electrochemical activity. The synthetic method developed is a co-reduction of mixtures of single metal precursors by strong, soluble reducing agents in a non-protic solvent, tetrahydrofuran (THF). With some exceptions, the particles obtained by room temperature reduction are random alloys that need to be annealed at modest temperatures (200 to 600 °C) in order to develop an ordered structure. To avoid significant particle size growth and agglomeration, the particles must be protected by surface coatings. We developed a novel method of coating the metal nanoparticles with KCl, a by-product of the reduction reaction if the proper reducing agents are employed. In that case, a composite product containing individual metal nanoparticles in a KCl matrix is obtained. The composite can be heated to at least 600 °C without significant agglomeration or growth in particle size. Washing the annealed product in the presence of catalyst supports in ethylene glycol removes the KCl and deposits the particles on the support. Six publications present the method and its application to producing and studying new catalyst/support combinations for fuel cell applications. Three publications concern the use of related methods to explore new lithium-sulfur battery concepts.

  16. Optical properties of Group X-XII intermetallic compounds studied by HR-EELS.

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    Sato, Yohei; Terauchi, Masami; Kameoka, Satoshi; Tsai, An-Pang

    2014-11-01

    Electronic structure of d orbital states in transition metals is a key factor for their physical properties and chemical functions. Copper and intermetallic compound PdZn have good catalysis function for the methanol steam reforming reaction. Tsai et al. showed that from results of XPS measurements the d electronic structure of PdZn was similar with that of copper, and the catalysis function should be related to the d electron states [1]. This similarity of d electronic states leads to another view point of the mechanism for coloring the intermetallic compounds. It is well-known that the characteristic red color of copper is caused by interband transition from the d electrons. Therefore, PdZn and Group X-XII intermetallic compounds are expected to be colored and the optical properties should depend on the d electronic states. In this study, the relations between optical properties and d electron states of Group X-XII intermetallic compounds were investigated by using high energy-resolution electron energy-loss spectroscopy (HR-EELS) based on transmission electron microscopy (TEM). From the relation between optical properties and d electronic states, the mechanism of colored intermetallic compounds will be discussed.Figure shows the optical reflectivity of NiZn, PdZn and PtZn, which were derived from EELS spectra by Kramers-Kronig analysis. Intensity drops (arrows) of the reflectivity were observed in visible energy region. These are caused by the interband transitions from d electronic states. The energy positions of the reflectivity drops have tendency of shifting to higher energy side with increasing atomic number of Group X elements (Ni → Pd → Pt). This indicates that the transition energies of d electrons become larger with the atomic number of the elements. First principle calculations (WIEN2k) confirmed that the interband transitions of d electronic states were excitations from bonding d states to hybrid states of anti-bonding s, p, and d states of Group

  17. Increasing strength and conductivity of Cu alloy through abnormal plastic deformation of an intermetallic compound

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    Han, Seung Zeon; Lim, Sung Hwan; Kim, Sangshik; Lee, Jehyun; Goto, Masahiro; Kim, Hyung Giun; Han, Byungchan; Kim, Kwang Ho

    2016-08-01

    The precipitation strengthening of Cu alloys inevitably accompanies lowering of their electric conductivity and ductility. We produced bulk Cu alloys arrayed with nanofibers of stiff intermetallic compound through a precipitation mechanism using conventional casting and heat treatment processes. We then successfully elongated these arrays of nanofibers in the bulk Cu alloys to 400% of original length without breakage at room temperature using conventional rolling process. By inducing such an one-directional array of nanofibers of intermetallic compound from the uniform distribution of fine precipitates in the bulk Cu alloys, the trade-off between strength and conductivity and between strength and ductility could be significantly reduced. We observed a simultaneous increase in electrical conductivity by 1.3 times and also tensile strength by 1.3 times in this Cu alloy bulk compared to the conventional Cu alloys.

  18. Increasing strength and conductivity of Cu alloy through abnormal plastic deformation of an intermetallic compound

    PubMed Central

    Han, Seung Zeon; Lim, Sung Hwan; Kim, Sangshik; Lee, Jehyun; Goto, Masahiro; Kim, Hyung Giun; Han, Byungchan; Kim, Kwang Ho

    2016-01-01

    The precipitation strengthening of Cu alloys inevitably accompanies lowering of their electric conductivity and ductility. We produced bulk Cu alloys arrayed with nanofibers of stiff intermetallic compound through a precipitation mechanism using conventional casting and heat treatment processes. We then successfully elongated these arrays of nanofibers in the bulk Cu alloys to 400% of original length without breakage at room temperature using conventional rolling process. By inducing such an one-directional array of nanofibers of intermetallic compound from the uniform distribution of fine precipitates in the bulk Cu alloys, the trade-off between strength and conductivity and between strength and ductility could be significantly reduced. We observed a simultaneous increase in electrical conductivity by 1.3 times and also tensile strength by 1.3 times in this Cu alloy bulk compared to the conventional Cu alloys. PMID:27488621

  19. Increasing strength and conductivity of Cu alloy through abnormal plastic deformation of an intermetallic compound.

    PubMed

    Han, Seung Zeon; Lim, Sung Hwan; Kim, Sangshik; Lee, Jehyun; Goto, Masahiro; Kim, Hyung Giun; Han, Byungchan; Kim, Kwang Ho

    2016-01-01

    The precipitation strengthening of Cu alloys inevitably accompanies lowering of their electric conductivity and ductility. We produced bulk Cu alloys arrayed with nanofibers of stiff intermetallic compound through a precipitation mechanism using conventional casting and heat treatment processes. We then successfully elongated these arrays of nanofibers in the bulk Cu alloys to 400% of original length without breakage at room temperature using conventional rolling process. By inducing such an one-directional array of nanofibers of intermetallic compound from the uniform distribution of fine precipitates in the bulk Cu alloys, the trade-off between strength and conductivity and between strength and ductility could be significantly reduced. We observed a simultaneous increase in electrical conductivity by 1.3 times and also tensile strength by 1.3 times in this Cu alloy bulk compared to the conventional Cu alloys. PMID:27488621

  20. Estimation of the effective parameter of spinorbital interaction of electrons in intermetallic Er-In system compounds from the kinetic and magnetic properties

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    Kuvandikov, O. K.; Hamraev, N. S.; Razhabov, R. M.; Éshkulov, A. A.

    2012-05-01

    Normal, R 0 and anomalous, R S components of the Hall coefficient are determined from the results of experimental investigations of temperature dependences of the Hall coefficient, magnetic susceptibility, and specific electrical resistance for intermetallic Er2In, ErIn, and Er3In5 compounds. Effective parameters of spinorbital interaction λSO of intermetallic compounds are calculated from anomalous components RS of the Hall coefficient and specific electrical resistance. The results calculated for the band parameters and effective parameters of spin-orbital interaction λSO for Er-In system intermetallides coincide by orders of magnitude with the results obtained in [4,7,8] from the optical spectra of pure rare-earth metals.

  1. Massive spalling of intermetallic compounds in solder-substrate reactions due to limited supply of the active element

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    Yang, S. C.; Ho, C. E.; Chang, C. W.; Kao, C. R.

    2007-04-15

    Massive spalling of intermetallic compounds has been reported in the literature for several solder/substrate systems, including SnAgCu soldered on Ni substrate, SnZn on Cu, high-Pb PbSn on Cu, and high-Pb PbSn on Ni. In this work, a unified thermodynamic argument is proposed to explain this rather unusual phenomenon. According to this argument, two necessary conditions must be met. The number one condition is that at least one of the reactive constituents of the solder must be present in a limited amount, and the second condition is that the soldering reaction has to be very sensitive to its concentration. With the growth of intermetallic, more and more atoms of this constituent are extracted out of the solder and incorporated into the intermetallic. As the concentration of this constituent decreases, the original intermetallic at the interface becomes a nonequilibrium phase, and the spalling of the original intermetallic occurs.

  2. Low temperature properties of some Er-rich intermetallic compounds

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    K.A. Gshneidner,jr; A.O. Pecharsky; L.Hale; V.K. Pecharsky

    2004-09-30

    The low temperature volumetric heat capacity ({approx}3.5 to 350 K) and magnetic susceptibility ({approx}4 to 320 K) of Er{sub 3}Rh, Er{sub 3}Ir, Er{sub 3}Pt, Er{sub 2}Al, and Er{sub 2}Sn have been measured. All of the compounds order antiferromagnetically (or ferrimagnetically), and most exhibit more than one magnetic ordering transition. The volumetric heat capacities in general are smaller than those of the prototype magnetic regenerator materials, except for Er{sub 3}Ir in the 12 to 14 K temperature range.

  3. Na-Au intermetallic compounds formed under high pressure at room temperature

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    Takemura, K.; Fujihisa, H.

    2011-07-01

    High-pressure powder x-ray diffraction experiments have revealed that sodium and gold react at room temperature and form Na-Au intermetallic compounds under high pressure. We have identified four intermetallic phases up to 60 GPa. The first phase (phase I) is the known Na2Au with the tetragonal CuAl2-type structure. It changed to the second phase (phase II) at ˜0.8 GPa, which has the composition Na3Au with the trigonal Cu3As-type or hexagonal Cu3P-type structure. Phase II further transformed to phase III at 3.6 GPa. Phase III has the same composition, Na3Au, with the cubic BiF3-type structure. Finally, phase III changed to phase IV at ˜54 GPa. Phase IV gives broad diffraction peaks, indicating large structural disorder.

  4. Electric field gradients at Ta in Zr and Hf inter-metallic compounds

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    Terrazos, L. A.; Petrilli, H. M.; Marszalek, M.; Saitovitch, H.; Silva, P. R. J.; Blaha, P.; Schwarz, K.

    2002-03-01

    Here we calculate the electric field gradient (EFG) at the nucleus of the substitutional Ta impurity site in Zr 2T and Hf 2T (T=Cu, Ag, Au, and Pd) C11 b inter-metallic compounds. We use the ab initio FP-LAPW method as embodied in the Wien97 code in a super-cell approach and include lattice relaxations around the impurity. Our results are compared with EFG values inferred from measurements of the quadrupole coupling constants at the 111Ta probe in these compounds performed with the time differential perturbed angular correlation (TDPAC) technique. We also performed EFG calculations for the pure inter-metallic compounds. Through the comparison of theoretical and experimental EFGs in these cases, we elucidate the role played by the Ta probe in the TDPAC measurements of Hf and Zr compounds. Our results show that, although the EFGs at the Hf site are very similar to the EFGs at the Ta impurity, there is no direct correlation between the Zr and Ta EFGs.

  5. Production method for making rare earth compounds

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    McCallum, R.W.; Ellis, T.W.; Dennis, K.W.; Hofer, R.J.; Branagan, D.J.

    1997-11-25

    A method of making a rare earth compound, such as a earth-transition metal permanent magnet compound, without the need for producing rare earth metal as a process step, comprises carbothermically reacting a rare earth oxide to form a rare earth carbide and heating the rare earth carbide, a compound-forming reactant (e.g., a transition metal and optional boron), and a carbide-forming element (e.g., a refractory metal) that forms a carbide that is more thermodynamically favorable than the rare earth carbide whereby the rare earth compound (e.g., Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}B or LaNi{sub 5}) and a carbide of the carbide-forming element are formed.

  6. Production method for making rare earth compounds

    DOEpatents

    McCallum, R. William; Ellis, Timothy W.; Dennis, Kevin W.; Hofer, Robert J.; Branagan, Daniel J.

    1997-11-25

    A method of making a rare earth compound, such as a earth-transition metal permanent magnet compound, without the need for producing rare earth metal as a process step, comprises carbothermically reacting a rare earth oxide to form a rare earth carbide and heating the rare earth carbide, a compound-forming reactant (e.g. a transition metal and optional boron), and a carbide-forming element (e.g. a refractory metal) that forms a carbide that is more thermodynamically favorable than the rare earth carbide whereby the rare earth compound (e.g. Nd.sub.2 Fe.sub.14 B or LaNi.sub.5) and a carbide of the carbide-forming element are formed.

  7. Development of Cu alloy anode and separator coated with Al-Ni intermetallic compound

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    Toyokura, K.; Hoshino, K.; Yamamoto, M.

    1996-12-31

    Anode made of Cu alloy and separator coated with Al-Ni intermetallic compound have been developed for VCFC. Anode of Ni alloy is usually used. However, the alternative of cost lower than Ni alloy anode should be needed, because Ni is expensive. Cu is attractive as an anode material for VCFC because it is inexpensive and electrochemically noble. However, the creep resistance of Cu is not sufficient, compared with Ni alloy. In this study, strengthening due to oxide-dispersed microstructure has been developed in Cu-Ni-Al alloy with the two-step sintering process. A wet-seal technique has been widely applied for gas-sealing and supporting of electrolyte in MCFC. Since the wet-seal area is exposed to a severe corrosive environment, corrosion resistance of material for wet sealing is related with the cell performance. Al-Ni plating with post-heat treating for stainless steel has been investigated. Stainless steel substrate was plated with Al after being coated with Ni, then heat-treated at 750 {degrees}C for 1 hour in Ar gas atmosphere. Due to the treatment, Al-Ni intermetallic compound ( mainly Al3Ni2 ) layer is formed on stainless steel surface. The long-term immersion test was carried out till 14,500 hours in 62 mol% Li{sub 2}CO{sub 3}-38 mol% K{sub 2}CO{sub 3} at 650 {degrees}C under air-30%CO{sub 2} atmosphere, for the purpose of evaluating the corrosion resistance and thermal stability of Al-Ni intermetallic compound layer in actual generating with VCFC.

  8. Brittle intermetallic compound makes ultrastrong low-density steel with large ductility.

    PubMed

    Kim, Sang-Heon; Kim, Hansoo; Kim, Nack J

    2015-02-01

    Although steel has been the workhorse of the automotive industry since the 1920s, the share by weight of steel and iron in an average light vehicle is now gradually decreasing, from 68.1 per cent in 1995 to 60.1 per cent in 2011 (refs 1, 2). This has been driven by the low strength-to-weight ratio (specific strength) of iron and steel, and the desire to improve such mechanical properties with other materials. Recently, high-aluminium low-density steels have been actively studied as a means of increasing the specific strength of an alloy by reducing its density. But with increasing aluminium content a problem is encountered: brittle intermetallic compounds can form in the resulting alloys, leading to poor ductility. Here we show that an FeAl-type brittle but hard intermetallic compound (B2) can be effectively used as a strengthening second phase in high-aluminium low-density steel, while alleviating its harmful effect on ductility by controlling its morphology and dispersion. The specific tensile strength and ductility of the developed steel improve on those of the lightest and strongest metallic materials known, titanium alloys. We found that alloying of nickel catalyses the precipitation of nanometre-sized B2 particles in the face-centred cubic matrix of high-aluminium low-density steel during heat treatment of cold-rolled sheet steel. Our results demonstrate how intermetallic compounds can be harnessed in the alloy design of lightweight steels for structural applications and others. PMID:25652998

  9. Determining factor of median diameter in intermetallic compound nanoparticles prepared by pulsed wire discharge

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    Nagasawa, Shinobu; Koishi, Tetsuya; Tokoi, Yoshinori; Suzuki, Tsuneo; Nakayama, Tadachika; Suematsu, Hisayuki; Niihara, Koichi

    2014-02-01

    The preparation of NiAl intermetallic compound nanoparticles was carried out by pulsed wire discharge (PWD) using twisted pure Ni and Al wires in N2 ambient gas with varying number of turns of the wire (Nt), energy ratio (K), and ambient gas pressure (P). From the voltage and current waveforms during the wire heating, the energy deposition ratio up to the voltage peak (Kp) was calculated. It increased with an increase in Nt to 0.4 turns/mm and with increases in K and P. Under all the conditions, with an increase in Kp, the Ni composition ratio of the prepared particles (CNi) became closer to that of the wire (= 51.2 mol %). Furthermore, the collection rate (Rc) increased and the median particle diameter (d50) decreased. In particular, the change in d50 due to the change in Nt was not predicted by the relationship of d50 and Dth in our previous report. Single-phase NiAl intermetallic compound nanoparticles were successfully prepared under the condition in which Nt is 0.4 turns/mm, K is 3.4, and P is 100 kPa, where relatively high value of Kp was obtained. From these results, Kp was determined to be an important factor that determines the composition, collection rate, and median diameter of intermetallic compound nanoparticles synthesized by PWD using different kinds of twisted wires under various experimental conditions. This may be because of the selective wire heating in high-resistance parts that are associated with the introduction of lattice defects and/or necks by overwinding.

  10. Brittle intermetallic compound makes ultrastrong low-density steel with large ductility

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    Kim, Sang-Heon; Kim, Hansoo; Kim, Nack J.

    2015-02-01

    Although steel has been the workhorse of the automotive industry since the 1920s, the share by weight of steel and iron in an average light vehicle is now gradually decreasing, from 68.1 per cent in 1995 to 60.1 per cent in 2011 (refs 1, 2). This has been driven by the low strength-to-weight ratio (specific strength) of iron and steel, and the desire to improve such mechanical properties with other materials. Recently, high-aluminium low-density steels have been actively studied as a means of increasing the specific strength of an alloy by reducing its density. But with increasing aluminium content a problem is encountered: brittle intermetallic compounds can form in the resulting alloys, leading to poor ductility. Here we show that an FeAl-type brittle but hard intermetallic compound (B2) can be effectively used as a strengthening second phase in high-aluminium low-density steel, while alleviating its harmful effect on ductility by controlling its morphology and dispersion. The specific tensile strength and ductility of the developed steel improve on those of the lightest and strongest metallic materials known, titanium alloys. We found that alloying of nickel catalyses the precipitation of nanometre-sized B2 particles in the face-centred cubic matrix of high-aluminium low-density steel during heat treatment of cold-rolled sheet steel. Our results demonstrate how intermetallic compounds can be harnessed in the alloy design of lightweight steels for structural applications and others.

  11. Properties Evaluation and Studying Production Mechanism of Nanocrystalline NiAl Intermetallic Compound by Mechanical Alloying

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    Khajesarvi, Ali; Akbari, Golamhossein

    2016-04-01

    Ni50Al50 intermetallic compound was synthesized by mechanical alloying (MA) of elemental mixtures of Ni and Al powders in a planetary ball mill. After 16 hours of milling and obtaining crystallites with a critical size, the initial NiAl compound was formed along with the combustive reaction after opening the vial lid. In the time interval of 16 to 128 hours, the reaction from combustive state reached the explosive state. Finally, after 128 hours of milling, the initial powders were wholly transformed into NiAl before completion of the milling time. Structural changes of powder particles during MA were studied by X-ray diffractometry and scanning electron microscopy. The crystallite size measurements revealed that the grain size of the NiAl phase decreased from 155 to 26 nm with increasing MA time from 8 to 128 hours. Microhardness for nanocrystalline Ni50Al50 intermetallic compound produced after 128 hours of milling was measured as about 350 Hv.

  12. High hardness in the biocompatible intermetallic compound β-Ti3Au

    PubMed Central

    Svanidze, Eteri; Besara, Tiglet; Ozaydin, M. Fevsi; Tiwary, Chandra Sekhar; Wang, Jiakui K.; Radhakrishnan, Sruthi; Mani, Sendurai; Xin, Yan; Han, Ke; Liang, Hong; Siegrist, Theo; Ajayan, Pulickel M.; Morosan, E.

    2016-01-01

    The search for new hard materials is often challenging, but strongly motivated by the vast application potential such materials hold. Ti3Au exhibits high hardness values (about four times those of pure Ti and most steel alloys), reduced coefficient of friction and wear rates, and biocompatibility, all of which are optimal traits for orthopedic, dental, and prosthetic applications. In addition, the ability of this compound to adhere to ceramic parts can reduce both the weight and the cost of medical components. The fourfold increase in the hardness of Ti3Au compared to other Ti–Au alloys and compounds can be attributed to the elevated valence electron density, the reduced bond length, and the pseudogap formation. Understanding the origin of hardness in this intermetallic compound provides an avenue toward designing superior biocompatible, hard materials. PMID:27453942

  13. High hardness in the biocompatible intermetallic compound β-Ti3Au.

    PubMed

    Svanidze, Eteri; Besara, Tiglet; Ozaydin, M Fevsi; Tiwary, Chandra Sekhar; Wang, Jiakui K; Radhakrishnan, Sruthi; Mani, Sendurai; Xin, Yan; Han, Ke; Liang, Hong; Siegrist, Theo; Ajayan, Pulickel M; Morosan, E

    2016-07-01

    The search for new hard materials is often challenging, but strongly motivated by the vast application potential such materials hold. Ti3Au exhibits high hardness values (about four times those of pure Ti and most steel alloys), reduced coefficient of friction and wear rates, and biocompatibility, all of which are optimal traits for orthopedic, dental, and prosthetic applications. In addition, the ability of this compound to adhere to ceramic parts can reduce both the weight and the cost of medical components. The fourfold increase in the hardness of Ti3Au compared to other Ti-Au alloys and compounds can be attributed to the elevated valence electron density, the reduced bond length, and the pseudogap formation. Understanding the origin of hardness in this intermetallic compound provides an avenue toward designing superior biocompatible, hard materials. PMID:27453942

  14. Surface structures of In-Pd intermetallic compounds. II. A theoretical study

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    Gaudry, É.; McGuirk, G. M.; Ledieu, J.; Fournée, V.

    2014-08-28

    The (110) surface of the InPd intermetallic compound and the In–Pd surface alloy properties are investigated in the framework of the density functional theory, within the projector augmented plane-wave method. Surface segregation is calculated to be energetically unfavorable at stoichiometric InPd(110) surfaces, while indium antisites are shown to segregate to the surface in off-stoichiometric InPd(110) systems. Concerning surface alloys obtained by burying In-doped Pd layers in Pd(111), we demonstrated that the most stable ones are those presenting atomic indium concentrations below 50 at. % (11 at. %, 25 at. %, 33 at. %). According to our calculations, the In-doped Pd layers with concentration above or equal to 50% lead to In-doped Pd multilayers, each presenting an atomic indium concentration below 50 at. %. Alloying and segregation effects in InPd intermetallic compound and In–Pd surface alloys clearly agree with the larger bonding strength of In–Pd (−0.44 eV) compared to In–In (−0.29 eV) and Pd–Pd (−0.31 eV)

  15. First principles calculations of the optical and plasmonic response of Au alloys and intermetallic compounds.

    PubMed

    Keast, V J; Barnett, R L; Cortie, M B

    2014-07-30

    Pure Au is widely used in plasmonic applications even though its use is compromised by significant losses due to damping. There are some elements that are less lossy than Au (e.g. Ag or Al) but they will normally oxidize or corrode under ambient conditions. Here we examine whether alloying Au with a second element would be beneficial for plasmonic applications. In order to evaluate potential alternatives to pure Au, the density of states (DOS), dielectric function and plasmon quality factor have been calculated for alloys and compounds of Au with Al, Cd, Mg, Pd, Pt, Sn, Ti, Zn and Zr. Substitutional alloying of Au with Al, Cd, Mg and Zn was found to slightly improve the plasmonic response. Of the large number of intermetallic compounds studied, only AuAl2, Au3Cd, AuMg, AuCd and AuZn were found to be suitable for plasmonic applications. PMID:25001413

  16. First principles calculations of the optical and plasmonic response of Au alloys and intermetallic compounds

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    Keast, V. J.; Barnett, R. L.; Cortie, M. B.

    2014-07-01

    Pure Au is widely used in plasmonic applications even though its use is compromised by significant losses due to damping. There are some elements that are less lossy than Au (e.g. Ag or Al) but they will normally oxidize or corrode under ambient conditions. Here we examine whether alloying Au with a second element would be beneficial for plasmonic applications. In order to evaluate potential alternatives to pure Au, the density of states (DOS), dielectric function and plasmon quality factor have been calculated for alloys and compounds of Au with Al, Cd, Mg, Pd, Pt, Sn, Ti, Zn and Zr. Substitutional alloying of Au with Al, Cd, Mg and Zn was found to slightly improve the plasmonic response. Of the large number of intermetallic compounds studied, only AuAl2, Au3Cd, AuMg, AuCd and AuZn were found to be suitable for plasmonic applications.

  17. TDPAC Study of the Intermetallic Compound HfCo3B2

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    Yaar, I.; Halevy, I.; Salhov, S.; Caspi, E. N.; Dubman, M.; Kahane, S.; Berant, Z.

    2004-11-01

    The electronic properties of the intermetallic compound HfCo3B2 were investigated using combined TDPAC measurements and first principles LAPW calculations. The V zz value at the hafnium site is determined from dominant positive p p contribution, with less than 20%, negative s d and d d contributions. Based on the calculated density of state (DOS) at 0 K, a band contribution ( γ band) of 7.26 (mJ/mol/K2) to the value of the electronic specific heat coefficient ( γ) was obtained. This relatively low γ band value is attributed to the hybridization between hafnium d-states, boron 2 p-states and cobalt 3 d-states, formed at the energy interval below E Fermi. This hybridization, together with the dip in the DOS around E Fermi, implies a possible reduction of the low temperature magnetic moment in this compound.

  18. Lattice dynamics of the mixed-conducting intermetallic compound,. beta. -LiAl

    SciTech Connect

    Brun, T.O.; Robinson, J.E.; Susman, S.; Mildner, D.F.R.; Dejus, R.; Skoeld K.

    1983-04-01

    The intermetallic compound, ..beta..-LiAl, that crystallizes in the uncommon Zintl structure is a mixed-conducting electrode and has many unusual properties pointing to the existence of unusual bonding in the semi-metallic compound. In order to elucidate the nature of the bonding in LiAl, we have studied the lattice dynamics of ..beta..-LiAl by inelastic neutron scattering. Results for the phonon dispersion curves have been obtained for the principal symmetry directions. A force constant fit to the results indicates that the Al-Al force constants are unusually large. Pair potentials were constructed by conventional pseudopotential calculations. The pair interactions favoring the Zintl structure were used to compute phonon dispersion curves. Good agreement between theory and experiment can be obtained for the acoustic branches.

  19. Synthesis, crystal structure, and magnetic properties of novel intermetallic compounds R2Co2SiC (R = Pr, Nd).

    PubMed

    Zhou, Sixuan; Mishra, Trinath; Wang, Man; Shatruk, Michael; Cao, Huibo; Latturner, Susan E

    2014-06-16

    The intermetallic compounds R2Co2SiC (R = Pr, Nd) were prepared from the reaction of silicon and carbon in either Pr/Co or Nd/Co eutectic flux. These phases crystallize with a new stuffed variant of the W2CoB2 structure type in orthorhombic space group Immm with unit cell parameters a = 3.978(4) Å, b = 6.094(5) Å, c = 8.903(8) Å (Z = 2; R1 = 0.0302) for Nd2Co2SiC. Silicon, cobalt, and carbon atoms form two-dimensional flat sheets, which are separated by puckered layers of rare-earth cations. Magnetic susceptibility measurements indicate that the rare earth cations in both analogues order ferromagnetically at low temperature (TC ≈ 12 K for Nd2Co2SiC and TC ≈ 20 K for Pr2Co2SiC). Single-crystal neutron diffraction data for Nd2Co2SiC indicate that Nd moments initially align ferromagnetically along the c axis around ∼12 K, but below 11 K, they tilt slightly away from the c axis, in the ac plane. Electronic structure calculations confirm the lack of spin polarization for Co 3d moments. PMID:24898034

  20. Intermetallic nanoparticles

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    Singh, Dileep; Yusufoglu, Yusuf; Timofeeva, Elena; Routbort, Jules L.

    2015-11-20

    A process for preparing intermetallic nanoparticles of two or more metals is provided. In particular, the process includes the steps: a) dispersing nanoparticles of a first metal in a solvent to prepare a first metal solution, b) forming a reaction mixture with the first metal solution and a reducing agent, c) heating the reaction mixture to a reaction temperature; and d) adding a second metal solution containing a salt of a second metal to the reaction mixture. During this process, intermetallic nanoparticles, which contain a compound with the first and second metals are formed. The intermetallic nanoparticles with uniform size and a narrow size distribution is also provided. An electrochemical device such as a battery with the intermetallic nanoparticles is also provided.

  1. Intermetallic nanoparticles

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    Singh, Dileep; Yusufoglu, Yusuf; Timofeeva, Elena; Routbort, Jules

    2015-07-14

    A process for preparing intermetallic nanoparticles of two or more metals is provided. In particular, the process includes the steps: a) dispersing nanoparticles of a first metal in a solvent to prepare a first metal solution, b) forming a reaction mixture with the first metal solution and a reducing agent, c) heating the reaction mixture to a reaction temperature; and d) adding a second metal solution containing a salt of a second metal to the reaction mixture. During this process, intermetallic nanoparticles, which contain a compound with the first and second metals are formed. The intermetallic nanoparticles with uniform size and a narrow size distribution is also provided. An electrochemical device such as a battery with the intermetallic nanoparticles is also provided.

  2. Absence of the hyperfine magnetic field at the Ru site in ferromagnetic rare-earth intermetallics

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    Coffey, D.; Demarco, M.; Ho, P. C.; Maple, M. B.; Sayles, T.; Lynn, J. W.; Huang, Q.; Toorongian, S.; Haka, M.

    2010-05-01

    The Mössbauer effect (ME) is frequently used to investigate magnetically ordered systems. One usually assumes that the magnetic order induces a hyperfine magnetic field, Bhyperfine , at the ME active site. This is the case in the ruthenates, where the temperature dependence of Bhyperfine at R99u sites tracks the temperature dependence of the ferromagnetic or antiferromagnetic order. However this does not happen in the rare-earth intermetallics, GdRu2 and HoRu2 . Specific heat, magnetization, magnetic susceptibility, Mössbauer effect, and neutron diffraction have been used to study the nature of the magnetic order in these materials. Both materials are found to order ferromagnetically at 83.1 and 15.3 K, respectively. Despite the ferromagnetic order of the rare-earth moments in both systems, there is no evidence of a correspondingly large Bhyperfine in the Mössbauer spectrum at the Ru site. Instead the measured spectra consist of a narrow peak at all temperatures which points to the absence of magnetic order. To understand the surprising absence of a transferred hyperfine magnetic field, we carried out ab initio calculations which show that spin polarization is present only on the rare-earth site. The electron spin at the Ru sites is effectively unpolarized and, as a result, Bhyperfine is very small at those sites. This occurs because the 4d Ru electrons form broad conduction bands rather than localized moments. These 4d conduction bands are polarized in the region of the Fermi energy and mediate the interaction between the localized rare-earth moments.

  3. Absence of the hyperfine magnetic field at the Ru site in ferromagnetic rare-earth intermetallics

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    Coffey, D.; DeMarco, M.; Ho, P. C.; Maple, M. B.; Sayles, T.; Lynn, J. W.; Huang, Q.; Toorongian, S.; Haka, M.

    2010-05-01

    The Moessbauer effect (ME) is frequently used to investigate magnetically ordered systems. One usually assumes that the magnetic order induces a hyperfine magnetic field, B{sub hyperfine}, at the ME active site. This is the case in the ruthenates, where the temperature dependence of B{sub hyperfine} at {sup 99}Ru sites tracks the temperature dependence of the ferromagnetic or antiferromagnetic order. However this does not happen in the rare-earth intermetallics, GdRu{sub 2} and HoRu{sub 2}. Specific heat, magnetization, magnetic susceptibility, Moessbauer effect, and neutron diffraction have been used to study the nature of the magnetic order in these materials. Both materials are found to order ferromagnetically at 83.1 and 15.3 K, respectively. Despite the ferromagnetic order of the rare-earth moments in both systems, there is no evidence of a correspondingly large B{sub hyperfine} in the Moessbauer spectrum at the Ru site. Instead the measured spectra consist of a narrow peak at all temperatures which points to the absence of magnetic order. To understand the surprising absence of a transferred hyperfine magnetic field, we carried out ab initio calculations which show that spin polarization is present only on the rare-earth site. The electron spin at the Ru sites is effectively unpolarized and, as a result, B{sub hyperfine} is very small at those sites. This occurs because the 4d Ru electrons form broad conduction bands rather than localized moments. These 4d conduction bands are polarized in the region of the Fermi energy and mediate the interaction between the localized rare-earth moments.

  4. Ab initio calculation of molecular field interactions in rare-earth transition-metal intermetallics (invited)

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    Brooks, M. S. S.; Gasche, T.; Auluck, S.; Nordström, L.; Severin, L.; Trygg, J.; Johansson, B.

    1991-11-01

    The interaction, KRM, between the rare-earth 4f moment and the transition-metal 3d moments in rare-earth transition-metal intermetallics is shown to depend upon the R-5d moment, which is due to 3d-5d hybridization, and local 4f-5d exchange integrals. Both the R-5d moment and KRM may be calculated ab initio from the local spin-density approximation to density functional theory in self-consistent energy-band calculations with the localized 4f-moments fixed at their Russel-Saunders values. Detailed examples are given for the RFe2 (R=Gd-Yb) series. The exchange integrals are similar to those entering into the density functional version of Stoner theory and their energy dependence must be treated carefully. The calculated local exchange integrals are shown to be related to the molecular fields derived from spin Hamiltonians, hence to the spin-wave spectra. Reasonable agreement with values of the molecular fields extracted from inelastic neutron scattering and high field susceptibility measurements is obtained.

  5. Crystallization behavior of iron-containing intermetallic compounds in 319 aluminum alloy

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    Narayanan, L.A.; Samuel, F.H. ); Gruzleski, J.E. . Dept. of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering)

    1994-08-01

    The crystallization behavior of iron-containing intermetallic compounds in industrial grade 319 aluminum alloy has been investigated by means of thermal analysis and metallography. In the absence of manganese, the iron compound crystallizes in the [beta] phase, at all cooling rates ranging from 0.1 C/s to 20 C/s under normal casting temperatures (750 C). However, when the melt is superheated to a high temperature (about 200 to 300 degrees above the liquidus temperature), the iron compound crystallizes in the [alpha] phase at high cooling rates. This is due to the fact that [gamma] alumina, which forms at low melt temperatures ([<=]750 C), acts as a nucleus for crystallization of [beta] phase. When the melt is superheated to high temperatures ([>=] 850 C), the [gamma] alumina transforms to [alpha] alumina. This is a poor nucleus for the [beta]-phase crystallization, and as a result, [alpha] phase forms. The importance of nucleation and growth undercooling for the crystallization of iron compounds is highlighted. In the presence of manganese, the iron compound crystallizes in [alpha] phase at low cooling rates and in both the [alpha] and [beta] phases at high cooling rates. This reverse crystallization behavior is explained in terms of phase diagram relationships.

  6. Gas atomization synthesis of refractory or intermetallic compounds and supersaturated solid solutions

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    Anderson, I.E.; Lograsso, B.K.; Ellis, T.W.

    1994-11-29

    A metallic melt is atomized using a high pressure atomizing gas wherein the temperature of the melt and the composition of the atomizing gas are selected such that the gas and melt react in the atomization spray zone to form a refractory or intermetallic compound in the as-atomized powder particles. A metallic melt is also atomized using a high pressure atomizing gas mixture gas wherein the temperature of the melt and the ratio of a reactive gas to a carrier gas are selected to form powder particles comprising a supersaturated solid solution of the atomic species of the reactive gas in the particles. The powder particles are then heat treated to precipitate dispersoids in-situ therein to form a dispersion strengthened material. 9 figures.

  7. Gas atomization synthesis of refractory or intermetallic compounds and supersaturated solid solutions

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    Anderson, Iver E.; Lograsso, Barbara K.; Ellis, Timothy W.

    1994-01-01

    A metallic melt is atomized using a high pressure atomizing gas wherein the temperature of the melt and the composition of the atomizing gas are selected such that the gas and melt react in the atomization spray zone to form a refractory or intermetallic compound in the as-atomized powder particles. A metallic melt is also atomized using a high pressure atomizing gas mixture gas wherein the temperature of the melt and the ratio of a reactive gas to a carrier gas are selected to form powder particles comprising a supersaturated solid solution of the atomic species of the reactive gas in the particles. The powder particles are then heat treated to precipitate dispersoids in-situ therein to form a dispersion strengthened material.

  8. Cutting tool performance characteristics in the machining of a nickel aluminide intermetallic compound

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    Chatterjee, S.; Srivatsan, T.S.; Giusti, P.

    1994-05-01

    Ductile nickel aluminide, Ni{sub 3}Al, containing traces of boron, is an intermetallic compound with high strength, making it a promising structural material for elevated, ambient and cryogenic temperature applications. In order to be able to use alloys, they must be capable of being fabricated by machining. The machinability of a cast nickel aluminide, Ni{sub 3}Al, alloy containing boron was studied by conventional machining using the lathe. Three different cutting tool inserts and two types of coolants, namely kerosene oil mist and soluble oil, were chosen. The machining performance of the cutting tool insert and the influence of coolant type were established through measurements of volume of material removed and tool wear. The tool wear analysis was made using microscopic examination of the cutting tool insert in order to elucidate information of the influence of machining parameters and choice of coolant on performance capability of the insert. The overall machinability performance of these materials is rationalized.

  9. Layered antiferromagnetism with high Neel temperature in the intermetallic compound Mn2Au

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    Khmelevskyi, Sergii; Mohn, Peter

    2008-10-01

    On the basis of earlier experimental studies the intermetallic compound Mn2Au has been characterized as a nonmagnetically ordered material. Here we report the results of first-principles calculations based on local spin-density approximation that describes Mn2Au to have a narrow band ground state with rigid local moments on the Mn sites. Calculations of the interatomic exchange constants based on the magnetic force theorem and a Monte Carlo modeling of the resulting Heisenberg-like Hamiltonian predict a high Neel temperature of ˜1600 K. This temperature is considerably higher than for the other known high-temperature antiferromagnetic L10-type Mn based binary alloys used in magnetic storage applications.

  10. Intermetallic compounds, copper and palladium alloys in Au-Pd ore of the Skaergaard pluton, Greenland

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    Rudashevsky, N. S.; Rudashevsky, V. N.; Nielsen, T. F. D.

    2015-12-01

    Copper-palladium intermetallic compounds and alloys (2314 grains) from the Au-Pd ore of the Skaergaard layered gabbroic pluton have been studied. Skaergaardite PdCu, nielsenite PdCu3, (Cu,Pd)β, (Cu,Pd)α, (Pd,Cu,Au,Pt) alloys, and native palladium have been identified as a result of 1680 microprobe analyses. The average compositions and various chemical varieties of these minerals are characterized, as well as vertical and lateral zoning in distribution of noble metals. The primary Pd-Cu alloys were formed within a wide temperature interval broadly synchronously with cooling and crystallization of host gabbro and in close association with separation of Fe-Cu sulfide liquid. In the course of crystallization of residual gabbroic melt enriched in iron, noble and heavy metals and saturated with the supercritical aqueous fluid, PGE and Au are selectively concentrated in the Fe-Cu sulfide phase as Pd-Cu and Cu-Au alloys.

  11. Intermetallic Compound Formation Mechanisms for Cu-Sn Solid-Liquid Interdiffusion Bonding

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    Liu, H.; Wang, K.; Aasmundtveit, K. E.; Hoivik, N.

    2012-09-01

    Cu-Sn solid-liquid interdiffusion (SLID) bonding is an evolving technique for wafer-level packaging which features robust, fine pitch and high temperature tolerance. The mechanisms of Cu-Sn SLID bonding for wafer-level bonding and three-dimensional (3-D) packaging applications have been studied by analyzing the microstructure evolution of Cu-Sn intermetallic compounds (IMCs) at elevated temperature up to 400°C. The bonding time required to achieve a single IMC phase (Cu3Sn) in the final interconnects was estimated according to the parabolic growth law with consideration of defect-induced deviation. The effect of predominantly Cu metal grain size on the Cu-Sn interdiffusion rate is discussed. The temperature versus time profile (ramp rate) is critical to control the morphology of scallops in the IMC. A low temperature ramp rate before reaching the bonding temperature is believed to be favorable in a SLID wafer-level bonding process.

  12. Multiconfigurational nature of 5f orbitals in uranium and plutonium and their intermetallic compounds

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    Booth, Corwin

    2013-03-01

    The structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of U and Pu elements and intermetallics remain poorly understood despite decades of effort, and currently represent an important scientific frontier toward understanding matter. The last decade has seen great progress both due to the discovery of superconductivity in PuCoGa5 and advances in theory that finally can explain fundamental ground state properties in elemental plutonium, such as the phonon dispersion curve, the non-magnetic ground state, and the volume difference between the α and δ phases. A new feature of the recent calculations is the presence not only of intermediate valence of the Pu 5f electrons, but of multiconfigurational ground states, where the different properties of the α and δ phases are primarily governed by the different relative weights of the 5f4, 5f5, and 5f6 electronic configurations. The usual method for measuring multiconfigurational states in the lanthanides is to measure the lanthanide LIII-edge x-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES), a method that is severely limited for the actinides because the spectroscopic features are not well enough separated. Advances in resonant x-ray emission spectroscopy (RXES) have now allowed for spectra with sufficient resolution to resolve individual resonances associated with the various actinide valence states. Utilizing a new spectrometer at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL), RXES data have been collected that show, for the first time, spectroscopic signatures of each of these configurations and their relative changes in various uranium and plutonium intermetallic compounds. In combination with conventional XANES spectra on related compounds, these data indicate such states may be ubiquitous in uranium and plutonium intermetallics, providing a new framework toward understanding properties ranging from heavy fermion behavior, superconductivity, and intermediate valence to mechanical and fundamental bonding behavior in

  13. Fundamental study about CO2 laser welding of titanium aluminide intermetallic compound

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    Kuwahara, Gaku; Yamaguchi, Shigeru; Nanri, Kenzo; Ootani, Masanori; Tetsuka, Masato; Seto, Sachio; Arai, Mikiya; Fujioka, Tomoo

    2000-11-01

    Titanium aluminide intermetallic compound is attracting attentions as heat-resistant and high-specific strength material in the next generation, especially, it is promising material in the field of aerospace components. Conventional machining process including welding, however, can be hardly applied due to its very low ductility. The objective of this study, as a first stage, is to find out paying attention to crack and hardness the fundamental good conditions of the bead-on-plate welding of TiAl intermetallic compound using CO2 laser irradiation. In the experiment, we used the casting gamma titanium aluminide contained iron, vanadium and boron with a thickness of 2mm. We carried out bead-on-plate laser welding in the titanium aluminide material in inert gas environment filled with argon. We measured fused depth, Vickers hardness, transverse crack numbers and so on as major parameters of welding speed from 1000 to 4600 mm/min and initial temperature of specimen from R.T. to 873 K with a beam spot size of 0.5 mm and an output power of 1.5 kW. In addition, the specimens were analyzed by Electron Probe X-ray Micro Analyzer, Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy and X-ray Diffractometry. As a result of experiments, transverse crack-free welding was achieved, when initial temperature was at 873 K. In every condition, the value of Vickers hardness of fused zone increased compared with base. We think the reason of it is an increase of (alpha) 2(Ti3Al) phase, which is caused by rapid cooling, taking in Oxygen, fine structure and so on.

  14. Hydrogen occupancy in the RNi{sub 4}Mg (R=Y, La, Ce, and Nd) intermetallic compounds and hydrides

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    Hahn-Herrera, Otto; Orgaz, Emilio; Aburto, Andrea

    2009-10-15

    We have investigated the effect of hydrogen on the electronic strtucture of the RNi{sub 4}Mg (R=Y, La, Ce, Pr, and Nd) intermetallics. By means of a two-step approach, the projected plane-wave and linearized plane-waves methods, we studied the hydrogen-insertion energetics on the intermetallic matrix and the H-vacancy formation in the hydride compound. We found that particular interstitial sites in the intermetallics are suitable to allocate hydrogen and form a solid solution. The effect of these interstitials on the electronic structure is discussed. In the other hand, the hydrogen-occupied sites in the hydride are found to be energetically equivalent.

  15. Surface structure of the Ag-In-(rare earth) complex intermetallics

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    Hars, S. S.; Sharma, H. R.; Smerdon, J. A.; Yadav, T. P.; Al-Mahboob, A.; Ledieu, J.; Fournée, V.; Tamura, R.; McGrath, R.

    2016-05-01

    We present a study of the surface structure of the Ag-In-RE (RE: rare-earth elements Gd, Tb, and Yb) complex intermetallics using scanning tunneling microscopy and low-energy electron diffraction. The surface of the Ag-In-Yb approximant prepared by sputter-annealing methods under ultrahigh-vacuum conditions produces a flat (100) surface with no facets. However, the Ag-In-Gd and Ag-In-Tb 1/1 approximants, which have a surface miscut of about 12∘ relative to the (100) plane, develop surface facets along various crystallographic directions. The structure of each facet can be explained as a truncation of the rhombic triacontahedral clusters, i.e., the main building blocks of these systems. Despite their differences in atomic structure, symmetry, and density, the facets show common features. The facet planes are In rich. The analysis of the nearest-neighbor atom distances suggests that In atoms form bonds with the RE atoms, which we suggest is a key factor that stabilizes even low-density facet planes.

  16. Atomic disorder induced by mechanical milling in the intermetallic compound CoAl

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    Di, L. M.; Bakker, H.; de Boer, F. R.

    1992-10-01

    The stoichiometric intermetallic compound CoAl with the CsCl-structure was subjected to ball milling. Structural changes during ball milling were studied by measurements of the magnetization and the lattice parameter. The behaviour of Coal upon milling turns out to be quite similar to that of CoGa. The increase of the magnetization and the decrease of the lattice parameter with the milling time show that, similar to CoGa, triple-defect disorder is generated by ball milling. By comparing the measured magnetization to the magnetization of Co xAl 100- x compounds with excess Co, the concentration of defects is derived for milled samples. In order to interpret our results, the existing experimental data of lattice parameters, X-ray densities calculated from the lattice parameters and macroscopic densities for Co xAl 100- x compounds were analyzed according to Edelin's equations. The defect volumes for vacancies and anti-site atoms obtained by fitting these experimental data have reasonable values. By means of the defect concentrations obtained from our magnetization measurements and the defect volumes by fitting the experimental data, the change of the lattice parameter was calculated by means of Edelin's equation. The agreement between the calculated lattice parameter and the measured lattice parameter is quite satisfactory.

  17. Observation of superconductivity in the intermetallic compound β-IrSn4.

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    Tran, Vinh Hung; Bukowski, Zbigniew; Wiśniewski, Piotr; Tran, Lan Maria; Zaleski, Andrzej J

    2013-04-17

    Low-temperature dc-magnetization, ac electrical resistivity and specific heat measurements were performed on single crystals of the intermetallic compound β-IrSn4. The compound crystallizes in the tetragonal MoSn4-type structure (space group I41/acd) and exhibits superconductivity below Tc = 0.9 ± 0.05 K. Further, the magnitude of the ratios ΔCp/(γnkBTc) = 1.29, 2Δ/(kBTc) = 3.55 and of the electron-phonon coupling λ[overline](e-ph) = 0.5 imply that superconductivity in β-IrSn4 can be ascribed to a s-wave weak coupling regime. We determined crucial thermodynamic characteristics of the superconducting state. It turned out that depending on the assumption of either a spherical or non-spherical Fermi surface, the superconductivity can be ascribed to either a type-I and type-II/1 or type-II in clean limit, respectively. However, the behavior of the upper critical field and the anisotropic crystalline structure of the studied compound provide strong support to the type-II superconductivity. In the normal state the resistivity exhibits a prominent quadratic temperature dependence, which together with a large Kadowaki-Woods ratio and with the enhanced effective mass indicate that the electrons in β-IrSn4 are strongly correlated. PMID:23529025

  18. Growth of a Au-Ni-Sn intermetallic compound on the solder-substrate interface after aging

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    Minor, Andrew M.; Morris, J.W., Jr.

    1999-12-16

    Au/Ni metallization has become increasingly common in microelectronic packaging when Cu pads are joined with Pb-Sn solder. The outermost Au layer serves to protect the pad from corrosion and oxidation and the Ni layer provides a diffusion barrier to inhibit detrimental growth of Cu-Sn intermetallics. As a result of reflowing eutectic Pb-Sn on top of Au/Ni metallization, the as-solidified joints have AuSn{sub 4} precipitates distributed throughout the bulk of the solder joint, and Ni{sub 3}Sn{sub 4} intermetallics at the interface. Recent work has shown that the Au-Sn redeposits onto the interface during aging, compromising the strength of the joint. The present work shows that the redeposited intermetallic layer is a ternary compound with stoichiometry Au{sub 0.5}Ni{sub 0.5}Sn{sub 4}. The growth of this intermetallic layer was investigated, and results show that the ternary compound is observed to grow after as little as 3 hours at 150 C and after 3 weeks at 150 C has grown to a thickness of 10 {micro}m. Additionally, methods for inhibiting the growth of the ternary layer were investigated and it was determined that multiple reflows, both with and without additional aging can substantially limit the thickness of the ternary layer.

  19. Magnetic susceptibility and parameters of electronic structure of Al2REM (Gd, Dy, and Ho) intermetallic compounds at high temperatures

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    Uporova, N. S.; Uporov, S. A.; Sidorov, V. E.

    2011-08-01

    The magnetic susceptibility of Al2REM (REM = Gd, Dy, and Ho) intermetallic compounds is experimentally investigated by the Faraday method in a wide temperature interval (290-2000 K) in different magnetic fields (0.3-1.3 T). In the crystalline state, the temperature dependences of the susceptibility follow the generalized Curie-Weiss law. In the liquid phase, the magnetic susceptibility of these intermetallic compounds above the melting point increases for all examined samples. The parameters of the electronic structure of the compounds are calculated based on the experimental data. It is established that the effective magnetic moment per rareearth metal atom is smaller than that characteristic of the free REM+ ion.

  20. On the site preferences of ternary additions to triple defect B2 intermetallic compounds

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    Pike, L.M.; Chen, S.L.; Chang, Y.A.

    1995-12-31

    Knowledge of the site preference of ternary solute additions is essential to developing an understanding of how these solutes affect the properties of B2 intermetallic compounds. A quasichemical model will be presented which is able to predict the site preferences of dilute solute additions to triple defect B2 compounds. The only parameters required are enthalpies of formation at the stoichiometric composition. General equations are developed which can be used to determine site occupations and defect concentrations for dilute as well as non-dilute solute additions. These equations use atom pair bond enthalpies as the parameters. It is found that the site preferences of dilute additions are not always in agreement with predictions based on the solubility lobes in ternary Gibbs isotherms, Predictions for dilute additions to NiAl and FeAl are compared to experimental results found in the literature. Satisfactory correlation is found between the model and the experimental results. In addition, the predictions from the model on vacancy concentrations in Fe doped NiAl are compared to recent experimental results by the authors.

  1. Oxidation behavior of plasma sintered beryllium-titanium intermetallic compounds as an advanced neutron multiplier

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    Kim, Jae-Hwan; Nakamichi, Masaru

    2013-07-01

    Beryllium intermetallic compounds (beryllides) such as Be12Ti are very promising candidates for advanced neutron multiplier materials in a demonstration fusion power reactor (DEMO). However, beryllides are too brittle to be fabricated either into pebble-type or rod-type shapes via conventional methods (i.e. arc melting and hot isostatic pressing). We have proposed a plasma sintering technique as a new method for beryllide fabrication, and our studies on the properties of plasma sintered beryllides are ongoing. In the present work, the oxidation properties of plasma sintered beryllides were investigated at 1273 K for 24 h in a dry air atmosphere to evaluate the high temperature properties of this material. Thermal gravimetry measurements indicate that specimens with larger fractions of Be12Ti phase corresponding to samples that have been sintered for longer time periods, exhibit superior oxidation properties. Our evaluation of the oxidation behavior of each phase in our beryllide samples is as follows: Be12Ti and Be17Ti2 both have good oxidation resistance, owing to the formation of dense and protective scales, while the Be and Be2Ti phases are mainly responsible for thermal-gravimetry (TG) weight gains, which is indicative of severe oxidation. We attribute the degradation in oxidation resistance specifically to Be2Ti that transforms into TiO2, and also find this phase to be the cause of deterioration in the mechanical properties of samples, owing to cracks near Be2Ti phase conglomerates.

  2. Investigation of the Growth of Intermetallic Compounds Between Cu Pillars and Solder Caps

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Lin, Jui-Ching; Qin, Yi; Woertink, Julia

    2014-11-01

    In flip chip applications, Cu pillars with solder caps are regarded as next-generation electronic interconnection technology, because of high input/output density. However, because of diffusion and reaction of Sn and Cu during the high-temperature reflow process, intermetallic compounds (IMC) are formed, and grow, at the interface between the cap and the pillar. Understanding the growth behavior of interfacial IMC is critical in the design of solder interconnections, because excessive growth of IMC can reduce the reliability of connections. In this study, the growth of IMC during thermal cycling, an accelerated method of testing the service environment of electronic devices, was studied by use of focused ion beam-scanning electron microscopy. Under alternating high and low-temperature extremes, growth of Cu6Sn5 ( η-phase) and Cu3Sn ( ɛ-phase) IMC was imaged and measured as a function of the number of cycles. The total IMC layer grew significantly thicker but became more uniform during thermal cycling. The Cu3Sn layer was initially thinner than the Cu6Sn5 layer but outgrew the Cu6Sn5 layer after 1000 cycles. It was found that, with limited Cu and Sn diffusion, consumption of Cu6Sn5 for growth of the Cu3Sn layer can result in a thinner Cu6Sn5 layer after thermal cycling.

  3. Intermetallic compound layer growth kinetics in non-lead bearing solders

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    Vianco, P.T.; Kilgo, A.C.; Grant, R.

    1995-04-01

    The introduction of alternative, non-lead bearing solders into electronic assemblies requires a thorough investigation of product manufacturability and reliability. Both of these attributes can be impacted by the excessive growth of intermetallic compound (IMC) layers at the solder/substrate interface. An extensive study has documented the stoichiometry and solid state growth kinetics of IMC layers formed between copper and the lead-free solders: 96.5Sn-3.5Ag (wt.%), 95Sn-5Sb, 100Sn, and 58Bi-42Sn. Aging temperatures were 70--205 C for the Sn-based solders and 55--120 C for the Bi-rich solder. Time periods were 1--400 days for all of the alloys. The Sn/Cu, Sn-Ag/Cu, and Sn-Sb/Cu IMC layers exhibited sub-layers of Cu{sub 6}Sn{sub 5} and Cu{sub 3}Sn; the latter composition was present only following prolonged aging times or higher temperatures. The total layer growth exhibited a time exponent of n = 0.5 at low temperatures and a value of n = 0.42 at higher temperatures in each of the solder/Cu systems. Similar growth kinetics were observed with the low temperature 58Bi-42Sn solder; however, a considerably more complex sub-layer structure was observed. The kinetic data will be discussed with respect to predicting IMC layer growth based upon solder composition.

  4. Heat and mass transfer in the sorption of hydrogen by intermetallic compounds

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    Svinarev, S.V.; Trushevskii, S.N.

    1984-06-01

    Intermetallic compounds (IMC), which reversibly absorb hydrogen, are currently the subject of many investigations re their possible use in hydrogen accumulators, thermal machines, thermal pumps and accumulators, sorptional compressors, etc. The dynamics of hydrogen sorption in IMC must be investigated for the analysis and design of such devices. Trends in such studies can be distinguished: the study of the true chemical kinetics of sorption; the investigation of the sorption dynamics in extended IMC layers of dimensions characteristic for practical applications. However, these do not give criteria by which the experimental conditions may be chosen, and often the conditions themselves are not completely described. In connection with this, calculations of the sorption process in which the heat liberation and filtration of hydrogen through the IMC layer are taken into account are of interest both for practical applications and for the elucidation of the conditions in which the process may be regarded as purely kinetic or controlled by the heat and mass transfer in the layer. The authors devote themselves to this aspect in this presentation.

  5. Model-based predictions of solid state intermetallic compound layer growth in hybrid microelectronic circuits

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    Vianco, P.T.; Erickson, K.L.; Hopkins, P.L.

    1997-12-31

    A mathematical model was developed to quantitatively describe the intermetallic compound (IMC) layer growth that takes place between a Sn-based solder and a noble metal thick film conductor material used in hybrid microcircuit (HMC) assemblies. The model combined the reaction kinetics of the solder/substrate interaction, as determined from ancillary isothermal aging experiments, with a 2-D finite element mesh that took account of the porous morphology of the thick film coating. The effect of the porous morphology on the IMC layer growth when compared to the traditional 1-D computations was significant. The previous 1-D calculations under-predicted the nominal IMC layer thickness relative to the 2-D case. The 2-D model showed greater substrate consumption by IMC growth and lesser solder consumption that was determined with the 1-D computation. The new 2-D model allows the design engineer to better predict circuit aging and hence, the reliability of HMC hardware that is placed in the field.

  6. Investigation of Dissolution Behavior of Metallic Substrates and Intermetallic Compound in Molten Lead-free Solders

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    Yen, Yee-Wen; Chou, Weng-Ting; Tseng, Yu; Lee, Chiapyng; Hsu, Chun-Lei

    2008-01-01

    This study investigates the dissolution behavior of the metallic substrates Cu and Ag and the intermetallic compound (IMC)-Ag3Sn in molten Sn, Sn-3.0Ag-0.5Cu, Sn-58Bi and Sn-9Zn (in wt.%) at 300, 270 and 240°C. The dissolution rates of both Cu and Ag in molten solder follow the order Sn > Sn-3.0Ag-0.5Cu >Sn-58Bi > Sn-9Zn. Planar Cu3Sn and scalloped Cu6Sn5 phases in Cu/solders and the scalloped Ag3Sn phase in Ag/solders are observed at the metallic substrate/solder interface. The dissolution mechanism is controlled by grain boundary diffusion. The planar Cu5Zn8 layer formed in the Sn-9Zn/Cu systems. AgZn3, Ag5Zn8 and AgZn phases are found in the Sn-9Zn/Ag system and the dissolution mechanism is controlled by lattice diffusion. Massive Ag3Sn phases dissolved into the solders and formed during solidification processes in the Ag3Sn/Sn or Sn-3.0Ag-0.5Cu systems. AgZn3 and Ag5Zn8 phases are formed at the Sn-9Zn/Ag3Sn interface. Zn atoms diffuse through Ag-Zn IMCs to form (Ag, Zn)Sn4 and Sn-rich regions between Ag5Zn8 and Ag3Sn.

  7. Discovery and characterization of magnetism in sigma-phase intermetallic Fe-Re compounds

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    Cieślak, J. Dubiel, S. M.; Tobola, J.; Reissner, M.

    2014-11-14

    Systematic experimental studies (vibrating sample magnetometry) supported by theoretical calculations (electronic structure by spin self-consistent Korringa-Kohn-Rostoker Green's function method) were performed on a series of intermetallic sigma-phase Fe{sub 100−x}Re{sub x} (x = 43–53) compounds. All investigated samples exhibit magnetism with an ordering temperature ranging between ∼65 K for x = 43 and ∼23 K for x = 53. The magnetism was revealed to be itinerant and identified as a spin-glass (SG) possibly having a re-entrant character. The SG was found to be heterogeneous, viz., two regimes could be distinguished as far as irreversibility in temperature dependence of magnetization is concerned: (1) of a weak irreversibility and (2) of a strong one. According to the theoretical calculations, the main contribution to the magnetism comes from Fe atoms occupying all five sub lattices, while Re atoms have rather small magnetic moments. However, the calculated average magnetic moments highly (ferromagnetic ordering model) or moderately (antiparallel ordering model) overestimate the experimental data.

  8. Layered antiferromagnetism with high Neel temperature in the intermetallic compound Mn2Au

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    Khmelevskyi, Sergii; Mohn, Peter

    2009-03-01

    On the basis of earlier experimental studies the intermetallic compound Mn2Au has been characterized as a non-magnetically ordered material. Here we report the results of first-principles calculations based on Local Spin-Density Approximation which describe Mn2Au to have a narrow band antiferromagnetic ground state with rigid local moments on the Mn sites. Calculations of the inter-atomic exchange constants based on the magnetic force theorem and a Monte-Carlo modeling of the resulting Heisenberg-like Hamiltonian predict a very high Neel-temperature of ˜1580K. This temperature is considerably higher than for the other known high-temperature antiferromagnetic L10-type Mn based binary alloys, which are widely used in magnetic storage applications. The source of the difficulties in determining magnetic order from the earlier experiments is discussed. The observed meta-magnetic like behavior and a susceptibility anomaly at low temperatures are linked to the frustrated magnetism on Mn anti-site impurities. We believe that the high temperature antiferromagnetism of Mn2Au may have quite an impact in technology. In particular, it can be considered as a candidate for the application as a ``pinning'' layer in GMR devices.

  9. Growth kinetics of Al–Fe intermetallic compounds during annealing treatment of friction stir lap welds

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    Movahedi, M.; Kokabi, A.H.; Seyed Reihani, S.M.; Najafi, H.; Farzadfar, S.A.; Cheng, W.J.; Wang, C.J.

    2014-04-01

    In this study, we explored the growth kinetics of the Al–Fe intermetallic (IM) layer at the joint interface of the St-12/Al-5083 friction stir lap welds during post-weld annealing treatment at 350, 400 and 450 °C for 30 to 180 min. Optical microscope (OM), field emission gun scanning electron microscope (FEG-SEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM) were employed to investigate the structure of the weld zone. The thickness and composition of the IM layers were evaluated using image analysis system and electron back-scatter diffraction (EBSD), respectively. Moreover, kernel average misorientation (KAM) analysis was performed to evaluate the level of stored energy in the as-welded state. The results showed that the growth kinetics of the IM layer was not governed by a parabolic diffusion law. Presence of the IM compounds as well as high stored energy near the joint interface of the as-welded sample was recognized to be the origin of the observed deviation from the parabolic diffusion law. - Highlights: • This work provided a new insight into growth kinetics of Al–Fe IM thickness. • The growth kinetics of IM layer was not governed by a parabolic diffusion law. • IM near the joint interface was the origin of deviation from the parabolic law. • High stored energy at joint interface was origin of deviation from parabolic law.

  10. Theoretical and positron annihilation study of point defects in intermetallic compound Ni{sub 3}Al

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    Jian Sun; Dongliang Lin

    1994-01-01

    The equilibrium equation of point defects in Ll{sub 2} types of intermetallic compounds was established in a new simple method, which is independent of the chemical potentials. The formation energies of the relevant point defects in Ni{sub 3}Al were calculated by EAM potentials and statical relaxations. The concentration of point defects at 1,000 K as a function of bulk composition and the effect of temperature on them were studied for Ni{sub 3}Al alloy. The results show that the Al-antisites are the constitutional defects in hypostoichiometric Ni{sub 3}Al, and the Ni-antisite defects in hyperstoichiometric Ni{sub 3}Al. The two types of vacancies belong to thermal defects. The positron annihilation technique was also conducted to measure the concentration of vacancies in Ni{sub 3}Al alloys with and without boron. Although vacancies interact with the boron dopant, the changes of vacancy concentration Ni{sub 3}Al alloys can not be considered as the main reason in explaining the effect of stoichiometry on the segregation of boron. The effect of stoichiometry on diffusion in Ni{sub 3}Al alloys was discussed additionally.

  11. Kinetics of accumulation of the intermetallic compound of nickel and cadmium during storage of charged cadmium electrodes in alkali

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    Reshetov, V.A.; Grachev, D.K.; Pen'kova, L.I.; L'vova, L.A.; Ryabskaya, I.A.; Logvinets, N.P.

    1983-05-20

    When charged cadmium electrodes containing nickelous hydroxide (NHO) are stored in alkali an intermetallic compound (IMC) of the composition Ni/sub 5/Cd/sub 21/ is formed. The appearance of a step corresponding to oxidation of the IMC at a potential more positive by 0.12-0.18 V than the potential of the principal discharge process leads to appreciable lowering of the electrode capacity after storage. A systematic study was carried out of the kinetics of accumulation of the IMC at various temperatures and with additions of various amounts of NHO in order to elucidate the mechanism of formation of the intermetallic compound and to examine the possibility of predicting the loss of capacity of cadmium electrodes during storage. A kinetic equation, which can be used for predicting capacity losses of charged cadmium electrodes because of formation of the intermetallic compound Ni/sub 5/Cd/sub 21/ in them during storage, is proposed. The two-step form of the kinetic curves indicates that the IMC can be formed in cadmium electrodes during storage by two parallel mechanisms, involving both Ni/sup 0/ and Ni/sup 2 +/.

  12. Interaction of Oxygen and Carbon Monoxide with Cerium and Lanthanum Intermetallic Compounds

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    Wu, Ming

    In intermetallic compounds of Ce, the hybridization of the Ce 4f states and the conduction electron states generally results in an increase of the density of states at the Fermi level and has a profound effect on the transport, thermal, magnetic, and other physical properties of these compounds. In an attempt to determine whether these modifications are reflected in the catalytic properties, Auger electron spectroscopy (AES) and temperature programmed desorption (TPD) have been employed for an investigation of the interaction of O_2 and CO with CeIr _2 and its isostructural counterpart LaIr _2. Results from CeIr_2 and LaIr_2 show the following differences: (1) oxygen and carbon penetrate into CeIr _2<=ss deeply than LaIr _2; (2) O_2 and CO exhibit high temperature peaks (at 610 K for O _2 and at 740 and 900 K for CO) in the TPD spectra from the CeIr_2 sample not present in those from the LaIr_2 sample; (3) when the compounds are predosed with CO, substantial thermal desorption of CO_2 occurs from LaIr_2, but none from CeIr _2. Considering that La and Ce are chemically almost identical and the CeIr_2 and LaIr_2 bulk compounds are isostructural, the above differences suggest that the intermediate valence of CeIr_2 affects the interaction with gases. However, no direct relation has been established between the large density of states at the Fermi level and the differences in the interactions, due to the complications related to the presence of CeO _2. Unusual properties discussed are the formation of surface and near-surface oxide species upon exposure to O_2 or CO, the dissociative adsorption of CO and recombination of CO, the production of CO _2, thermal segregation, and subsurface "reservoir" of C and O. Surface and subsurface processes, such as adsorption and penetration, or thermal segregation, recombination, and desorption, are strongly coupled together. A consistent interpretation of the AES data requires consideration of the C and O concentrations occurring in

  13. Electric field gradients in nanoparticles of HfAl2 and HfAl3 intermetallic compounds

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    Kulińska, Agnieszka; Wodniecki, Paweł

    2010-06-01

    Perturbed angular correlation (PAC) method was applied to study the electric field gradients in nanopowders of the HfAl2 and HfAl3 intermetallic compounds, obtained via mechanical alloying or after ball milling of the thermally alloyed compound. The influence of the ball milling procedure on the experimentally obtained hyperfine interaction parameters was determined. A strong dependence of the PAC pattern on the milling time was evidenced and attributed to the structural disorder. The thickness of the outer damaged part of the grains depends on the crystallographic structure of the milled material. In HfAl3 sample the influence of the milling procedure on the phase transformation was observed.

  14. Atomic jump frequencies in intermetallic compounds studied using perturbed angular correlation of gamma rays

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    Newhouse, Randal Leslie

    Atomic jump frequencies were determined in a variety of intermetallic compounds through analysis of nuclear relaxation of spectra measured using the nuclear hyperfine technique, perturbed angular correlation (PAC) of gamma rays. Observed at higher temperatures, this relaxation is attributed to fluctuations in the orientation or magnitude of electric field gradients (EFG) at nuclei of 111In/Cd probe atoms as the atoms make diffusive jumps. Jump frequencies were obtained by fitting dynamically relaxed PAC spectra using either an empirical relaxation function or using ab initio relaxation models created using the program PolyPacFit. Jump frequency activation enthalpies were determined from measurements over a range of temperatures. Diffusion was studied in the following systems: 1) Pseudo-binary alloys having the L12 crystal structure such as In3(La1-xPrx). The goal was to see how jump frequencies were affected by random disorder. 2) The family of layered phases, LanCoIn3n+2 ( n=0,1,2,3…∞). The goal was to see how jump frequencies varied with the spacing of Co layers, which were found to block diffusion. 3) Phases having the FeGa3 structure. The goal was to analyze dynamical relaxation for probe atoms having multiple inequivalent jump vectors. 4) Phases having the tetragonal Al4Ba structure. The goal was to search for effects in the PAC spectra caused by fluctuations in magnitudes of EFGs without fluctuations in orientations. Ab initio relaxation models were developed to simulate and fit dynamical relaxation for PAC spectra of FeGa3, and several phases with the Al4Ba structure in order to determine underlying microscopic jump frequencies. In the course of this work, site preferences also were observed for 111In/Cd probe atoms in several FeGa 3 and Al4Ba phases.

  15. The atomic structure of low-index surfaces of the intermetallic compound InPd

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    McGuirk, G. M.; Ledieu, J.; Gaudry, É.; Weerd, M.-C.; Fournée, V. de; Hahne, M.; Gille, P.; Ivarsson, D. C. A.; Armbrüster, M.; Ardini, J.; Held, G.; Maccherozzi, F.; Bayer, A.; Lowe, M.; Pussi, K.; Diehl, R. D.

    2015-08-21

    The intermetallic compound InPd (CsCl type of crystal structure with a broad compositional range) is considered as a candidate catalyst for the steam reforming of methanol. Single crystals of this phase have been grown to study the structure of its three low-index surfaces under ultra-high vacuum conditions, using low energy electron diffraction (LEED), X-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS), and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). During surface preparation, preferential sputtering leads to a depletion of In within the top few layers for all three surfaces. The near-surface regions remain slightly Pd-rich until annealing to ∼580 K. A transition occurs between 580 and 660 K where In segregates towards the surface and the near-surface regions become slightly In-rich above ∼660 K. This transition is accompanied by a sharpening of LEED patterns and formation of flat step-terrace morphology, as observed by STM. Several superstructures have been identified for the different surfaces associated with this process. Annealing to higher temperatures (≥750 K) leads to faceting via thermal etching as shown for the (110) surface, with a bulk In composition close to the In-rich limit of the existence domain of the cubic phase. The Pd-rich InPd(111) is found to be consistent with a Pd-terminated bulk truncation model as shown by dynamical LEED analysis while, after annealing at higher temperature, the In-rich InPd(111) is consistent with an In-terminated bulk truncation, in agreement with density functional theory (DFT) calculations of the relative surface energies. More complex surface structures are observed for the (100) surface. Additionally, individual grains of a polycrystalline sample are characterized by micro-spot XPS and LEED as well as low-energy electron microscopy. Results from both individual grains and “global” measurements are interpreted based on comparison to our single crystals findings, DFT calculations and previous literature.

  16. The atomic structure of low-index surfaces of the intermetallic compound InPd

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    McGuirk, G. M.; Ledieu, J.; Gaudry, É.; de Weerd, M.-C.; Hahne, M.; Gille, P.; Ivarsson, D. C. A.; Armbrüster, M.; Ardini, J.; Held, G.; Maccherozzi, F.; Bayer, A.; Lowe, M.; Pussi, K.; Diehl, R. D.; Fournée, V.

    2015-08-01

    The intermetallic compound InPd (CsCl type of crystal structure with a broad compositional range) is considered as a candidate catalyst for the steam reforming of methanol. Single crystals of this phase have been grown to study the structure of its three low-index surfaces under ultra-high vacuum conditions, using low energy electron diffraction (LEED), X-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS), and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). During surface preparation, preferential sputtering leads to a depletion of In within the top few layers for all three surfaces. The near-surface regions remain slightly Pd-rich until annealing to ˜580 K. A transition occurs between 580 and 660 K where In segregates towards the surface and the near-surface regions become slightly In-rich above ˜660 K. This transition is accompanied by a sharpening of LEED patterns and formation of flat step-terrace morphology, as observed by STM. Several superstructures have been identified for the different surfaces associated with this process. Annealing to higher temperatures (≥750 K) leads to faceting via thermal etching as shown for the (110) surface, with a bulk In composition close to the In-rich limit of the existence domain of the cubic phase. The Pd-rich InPd(111) is found to be consistent with a Pd-terminated bulk truncation model as shown by dynamical LEED analysis while, after annealing at higher temperature, the In-rich InPd(111) is consistent with an In-terminated bulk truncation, in agreement with density functional theory (DFT) calculations of the relative surface energies. More complex surface structures are observed for the (100) surface. Additionally, individual grains of a polycrystalline sample are characterized by micro-spot XPS and LEED as well as low-energy electron microscopy. Results from both individual grains and "global" measurements are interpreted based on comparison to our single crystals findings, DFT calculations and previous literature.

  17. The atomic structure of low-index surfaces of the intermetallic compound InPd.

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    McGuirk, G M; Ledieu, J; Gaudry, É; de Weerd, M-C; Hahne, M; Gille, P; Ivarsson, D C A; Armbrüster, M; Ardini, J; Held, G; Maccherozzi, F; Bayer, A; Lowe, M; Pussi, K; Diehl, R D; Fournée, V

    2015-08-21

    The intermetallic compound InPd (CsCl type of crystal structure with a broad compositional range) is considered as a candidate catalyst for the steam reforming of methanol. Single crystals of this phase have been grown to study the structure of its three low-index surfaces under ultra-high vacuum conditions, using low energy electron diffraction (LEED), X-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS), and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). During surface preparation, preferential sputtering leads to a depletion of In within the top few layers for all three surfaces. The near-surface regions remain slightly Pd-rich until annealing to ∼580 K. A transition occurs between 580 and 660 K where In segregates towards the surface and the near-surface regions become slightly In-rich above ∼660 K. This transition is accompanied by a sharpening of LEED patterns and formation of flat step-terrace morphology, as observed by STM. Several superstructures have been identified for the different surfaces associated with this process. Annealing to higher temperatures (≥750 K) leads to faceting via thermal etching as shown for the (110) surface, with a bulk In composition close to the In-rich limit of the existence domain of the cubic phase. The Pd-rich InPd(111) is found to be consistent with a Pd-terminated bulk truncation model as shown by dynamical LEED analysis while, after annealing at higher temperature, the In-rich InPd(111) is consistent with an In-terminated bulk truncation, in agreement with density functional theory (DFT) calculations of the relative surface energies. More complex surface structures are observed for the (100) surface. Additionally, individual grains of a polycrystalline sample are characterized by micro-spot XPS and LEED as well as low-energy electron microscopy. Results from both individual grains and "global" measurements are interpreted based on comparison to our single crystals findings, DFT calculations and previous literature. PMID:26298146

  18. Polar intermetallic compounds of the silicon and arsenic family elements and their ternary hydrides and fluorides

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    Leon-Escamilla, E.A.

    1996-10-17

    An investigation has been made on the effects of hydrogen and fluoride in the solid state chemistry of alkaline-earth and divalent rare-earth metal pnictide (Pn) and tetrelide (Tt) phases A{sub 5}(Pn,Tt,){sub 3}Z{sub x}, where A = Ca, Sr, Ba, Sm, Eu, Yb; Pn = As, Sb, Bi; Tt = Si, Ge, Sn, Pb and Z = H, F. Several trivalent rare-earth-metal pnictides, RE{sub 5}Pn{sub 3} (RE = Y, La, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm) and alkaline-earth-metal trielides, A{sub 5}Tr{sub 3}Z{sub x} (Tr = Ga, In, Tl) have been included in an effort to complete observed structural trends. Two main experimental techniques were followed throughout this work, (a) reactions in absence of hydrogen or under continuous high vacuum, and (b) reactions with binary metal hydrides, AH{sub x}, in closed containers. The results demonstrate that all the phases reported with the {beta}-Yb{sub 5}Sb{sub 3}-type structure in the A{sub 5}Pn{sub 3} systems are hydrogen-stabilized compounds. Reactions in absence of hydrogen lead to compounds with the Mn{sub 5}Si{sub 3}-type structure. The structure type {beta}-Yb{sub 5}Sb{sub 3} (= Ca{sub 5}SB{sub 3}F) was found to be characteristic of ternary systems and inaccurately associated with phases that form in the Y{sub 5}Bi{sub 3}-type. A new series of isomorphous Zintl compounds with the Ca{sub 16}Sb{sub 11}-type structure were prepared and studied as well. All the alkaline-earth-metal tetrelides, A{sub 5}Tt{sub 3}, that crystallize in the Cr{sub 5}B{sub 3}-type structure can be interstitially derivatized by hydrogen or fluoride. Binary and ternary compounds were characterized by Guinier powder patterns, single crystal X-ray and powder neutron diffraction techniques. In an effort to establish property-structure relationships, electrical resistivity and magnetic measurements were performed on selected systems, and the results were explained in terms of the Zintl concepts, aided by extended Hueckel band calculations.

  19. Formation of GaPd2 and GaPd intermetallic compounds on GaN(0001)

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    Grodzicki, M.; Mazur, P.; Pers, J.; Brona, J.; Zuber, S.; Ciszewski, A.

    2015-09-01

    Palladium was deposited gradually under ultrahigh vacuum onto a well-defined surface of (0001)-oriented n-type GaN, at room temperature. Each deposition step was followed by annealing. Physicochemical properties of the Pd adlayers were in situ investigated prior to and after annealing by the X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy, low-energy electron diffraction, scanning tunneling microscopy and atomic force microscopy techniques. Annealing resulted in the formation of GaPd2 and GaPd intermetallic compounds at 550 °C and at 800 °C. Even for thicker layers, the compounds were strongly dispersed, forming 3D nanostructures. The substrate uncovered by the compounds revealed Ga-rich GaN(0001)-(1 × 1) surface. Formation of Ga-Pd-N bonds or Pd nitrides was not detected at the surface. The Ga-Pd intermetallic compound surface engineered on the GaN(0001) substrate can be used as the strongly dispersed catalyst or a model catalyst.

  20. Hydride Properties and IRON-57 Mossbauer Effect Studies in TITANIUM(COPPER(1-Y)IRON(Y)) Intermetallic Compounds.

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    Zakaria, Ahmad

    1987-12-01

    The hydrogen absorption properties of the Ti(Cu _{rm 1-y}Fe _{rm y}) (0 <=q y <=q 1) intermetallic compound were systematically investigated. X-ray diffraction data indicated that the intermetallic compound adopted the gammaTiCu structure for 0 <=q y <=q.1 and crystallized in the TiFe structure for.5 <=q y <=q 1. A mixture of these two phases was observed for 0.1 < y <.5. The lattice parameters for the pure intermetallic compounds and hydrided samples were measured. The heat of hydride formation, DeltaH, as a function of Fe content was determined from pressure-composition isotherms and the Van't Hoff relation. In the composition range 0 <=q y <=q.1 the value of DeltaH varied from -74.3 kJ (mole H_{2 })^{-1} to -59.1 kJ (mole H_{2})^{ -1}. For.5 <=q y <=q 1 it went from -49.5 kJ (mole H_{2})^{-1} to -27.3 kJ (mole H_ {2})^{-1}. We have found that DeltaH values derived from a model proposed by Shilov et al. for calculating DeltaH of the multicomponent hydrides were in good agreement with the experimental data by about 3%. Other properties of the hydride such as hydrogen storage capacity and hysteresis effect were also found to be y dependent. Systematic ^{57}Fe Mossbauer effect studies were also carried out in the intermetallic compound and hydride systems with the emphasis on the isomer shift measurements. The total s-electron densities at the Fe nucleus (|psi_{ rm s}({rm o})|^ {2}) increases when the Fe content y decreases in the pure intermetallic compounds. | psi_{rm s}({rm o })|^{2} decreases with the introduction of the hydrogen. In the hydride system |psi_{rm s}({rm o})|^{2 } was found to be y independent. Interpretation of the data was based on the changes in | psi_{rm s}({rm o })|^{2} due to expansion and contraction of the host lattice and the electronic structure differences. The decrease in | psi_{rm s}({rm o })|^{2} due to the hydrogenation in the TiCu-like hydride (0 <=q y <=q.1) could be accounted for by the volume effect only. For TiFe-like hydride

  1. Characterization of radiation-induced lattice vacancies in intermetallic compounds by means of positron-lifetime studies

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    Würschum, R.; Badura-Gergen, K.; Kümmerle, E. A.; Grupp, C.; Schaefer, H.-E.

    1996-07-01

    In the present paper a characterization of atomic vacancies in intermetallic compounds is given by means of positron-lifetime measurements after electron irradiation and comparison with the states after preparation, after long-time annealing, or in high-temperature equilibrium. In TiAl, Ti3Al, and Ni3Al no structural vacancies (detection limit CV=10-6) are observed at ambient temperature. This confirms that in these compounds slight deviations from stoichiometry are compensated by antisite atoms. In the Al-poor B2 alloys FeAl and NiAl, on the other hand, remnant vacancies exist due to the high thermal equilibrium vacancy concentrations and their slow diffusivities. The kinetics of vacancy elimination in FeAl and NiAl is discussed. A substantial temperature dependence of the positron lifetime in vacancies is detected in close-packed intermetallics which is attributed to an increased atomic relaxation or partial positron detrapping at high temperatures. In contrast to that, the temperature dependence of the positron lifetime in vacancies is small in the open-structured B2 aluminides. The lifetimes τf of free delocalized positrons in transition-metal aluminides and in NiZr and NiTi can be correlated to those of the pure components, taking into account the densities of valence electrons. For the positron lifetimes τ1 of vacancies in intermetallic compounds, values of τ1/τf=1.5-1.7 are observed similar as in the pure metals. Annealing studies of B2-FeAl after electron irradiation yield time constants for the disappearance of vacancies identical to those deduced recently for the equilibration of thermal vacancies. In electron-irradiated Ti aluminides annealing processes at 250 K and 450 K are observed where the latter process is tentatively attributed to long-range migration of vacancies.

  2. Effects of metallic nanoparticle doped flux on the interfacial intermetallic compounds between lead-free solder ball and copper substrate

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    Sujan, G.K. Haseeb, A.S.M.A. Afifi, A.B.M.

    2014-11-15

    Lead free solders currently in use are prone to develop thick interfacial intermetallic compound layers with rough morphology which are detrimental to the long term solder joint reliability. A novel method has been developed to control the morphology and growth of intermetallic compound layers between lead-free Sn–3.0Ag–0.5Cu solder ball and copper substrate by doping a water soluble flux with metallic nanoparticles. Four types of metallic nanoparticles (nickel, cobalt, molybdenum and titanium) were used to investigate their effects on the wetting behavior and interfacial microstructural evaluations after reflow. Nanoparticles were dispersed manually with a water soluble flux and the resulting nanoparticle doped flux was placed on copper substrate. Lead-free Sn–3.0Ag–0.5Cu solder balls of diameter 0.45 mm were placed on top of the flux and were reflowed at a peak temperature of 240 °C for 45 s. Angle of contact, wetting area and interfacial microstructure were studied by optical microscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. It was observed that the angle of contact increased and wetting area decreased with the addition of cobalt, molybdenum and titanium nanoparticles to flux. On the other hand, wettability improved with the addition of nickel nanoparticles. Cross-sectional micrographs revealed that both nickel and cobalt nanoparticle doping transformed the morphology of Cu{sub 6}Sn{sub 5} from a typical scallop type to a planer one and reduced the intermetallic compound thickness under optimum condition. These effects were suggested to be related to in-situ interfacial alloying at the interface during reflow. The minimum amount of nanoparticles required to produce the planer morphology was found to be 0.1 wt.% for both nickel and cobalt. Molybdenum and titanium nanoparticles neither appear to undergo alloying during reflow nor have any influence at the solder/substrate interfacial reaction. Thus, doping

  3. Structure and mechanical properties of cement and intermetallic compounds via ab-initio simulations

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    Dharmawardhana, Chamila Chathuranga

    structural material such as cement. However, it is far too early to be applicable for cement. Thus, this study used intermetallic compounds as a test case to develop new AIMD methods. In light of this objective, a direct method to calculate high temperature mechanical properties was devised for Mo5Si3 (T1 phase) and Mo5B2Si 3 (T2 phase). It was found that thermal expansion anisotropy (TEA) of T1 phase is captured by this simulation. It was also found an AIMD method to reduce TEA of Mo5Si3 (T1 phase) by strategic alloying. With further research these methods may be transferrable to cement and may allow optimizing the performance of hydraulic cements.

  4. Radiation-induced crystalline-to-amorphous transition in intermetallic compounds of the Cu-Ti alloy system

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    Lam, N.Q.; Okamoto, P.R.; Devanathan, R. ); Sabochick, M.J. . Computer Applications Div.)

    1992-02-01

    Recent progress in molecular-dynamics studies of radiation-induced crystalline-to-amorphous transition in the ordered intermetallic compounds of the Cu-Ti system is discussed. The effect of irradiation was simulated by the generation of Frenkel pairs,which resulted in both the formation of stable point defects and chemical disorder upon defect recombination. The thermodynamic, structural and mechanical responses of the compounds during irradiation were determined by monitoring changes in the system potential energy, volume expansion, pair correlation function, diffraction patterns, and elastic constants. It was found that the intermetallics Cu{sub 4}Ti{sub 3}, CuTi, and CuTi{sub 2} could be rendered amorphous by the creation of Frenkel pairs, but Cu{sub 4}Ti could not, consistent with experimental observations during electron irradiation. However, the simulations showed that Cu{sub 4}Ti did become amorphous when clusters of Frenkel pairs were introduced, indicating that this compound may be susceptible to amorphization by heavy-ion bombardment. A generalization of the Lindemann criterion was used to develop a thermodynamic description of solid-state amorphization as a disorder- induced melting process.

  5. Enthalpies of formation of Cd–Pr intermetallic compounds and thermodynamic assessment of the Cd–Pr system

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    Reichmann, Thomas L.; Richter, Klaus W.; Delsante, Simona; Borzone, Gabriella; Ipser, Herbert

    2014-01-01

    In the present study standard enthalpies of formation were measured by reaction and solution calorimetry at stoichiometric compositions of Cd2Pr, Cd3Pr, Cd58Pr13 and Cd6Pr. The corresponding values were determined to be −46.0, −38.8, −35.2 and −24.7 kJ/mol(at), respectively. These data together with thermodynamic data and phase diagram information from literature served as input data for a CALPHAD-type optimization of the Cd–Pr phase diagram. The complete composition range could be described precisely with the present models, both with respect to phase equilibria as well as to thermodynamic input data. The thermodynamic parameters of all intermetallic compounds were modelled following Neumann–Kopp rule. Temperature dependent contributions to the individual Gibbs energies were used for all compounds. Extended solid solubilities are well described for the low- and high-temperature modifications of Pr and also for the intermetallic compound CdPr. A quite good agreement with all viable data available from literature was found and is presented. PMID:25540475

  6. NMR spectroscopy of intermetallic compounds: an experimental and theoretical approach to local atomic arrangements in binary gallides.

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    Haarmann, Frank; Koch, Katrin; Jeglič, Peter; Pecher, Oliver; Rosner, Helge; Grin, Yuri

    2011-06-27

    The results of the investigation of MGa(2) with M = Ca, Sr, Ba and of MGa(4) with M = Na, Ca, Sr, Ba by a combined application of NMR spectroscopy and quantum mechanical calculations are comprehensively evaluated. The electric-field gradient (EFG) was identified as the most reliable measure to study intermetallic compounds, since it is accessible with high precision by quantum mechanical calculations and, for nuclear spin I>1/2, by NMR spectroscopy. The EFG values obtained by NMR spectroscopy and quantum mechanical calculations agree very well for both series of investigated compounds. A deconvolution of the calculated EFGs into their contributions reveals its sensitivity to the local environment of the atoms. The EFGs of the investigated di- and tetragallides are dominated by the population of the p(x)-, p(y)-, and p(z)-like states of the Ga atoms. A general combined approach for the investigation of disordered intermetallic compounds by application of diffraction methods, NMR spectroscopy, and quantum mechanical calculations is suggested. This scheme can also be applied to other classes of crystalline disordered inorganic materials. PMID:21590820

  7. Stability of molybdenum nanoparticles in Sn-3.8Ag-0.7Cu solder during multiple reflow and their influence on interfacial intermetallic compounds

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    Haseeb, A.S.M.A. Arafat, M.M. Johan, Mohd Rafie

    2012-02-15

    This work investigates the effects of molybdenum nanoparticles on the growth of interfacial intermetallic compound between Sn-3.8Ag-0.7Cu solder and copper substrate during multiple reflow. Molybdenum nanoparticles were mixed with Sn-3.8Ag-0.7Cu solder paste by manual mixing. Solder samples were reflowed on a copper substrate in a 250 Degree-Sign C reflow oven up to six times. The molybdenum content of the bulk solder was determined by inductive coupled plasma-optical emission spectrometry. It is found that upon the addition of molybdenum nanoparticles to Sn-3.8Ag-0.7Cu solder, the interfacial intermetallic compound thickness and scallop diameter decreases under all reflow conditions. Molybdenum nanoparticles do not appear to dissolve or react with the solder. They tend to adsorb preferentially at the interface between solder and the intermetallic compound scallops. It is suggested that molybdenum nanoparticles impart their influence on the interfacial intermetallic compound as discrete particles. The intact, discrete nanoparticles, by absorbing preferentially at the interface, hinder the diffusion flux of the substrate and thereby suppress the intermetallic compound growth. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Mo nanoparticles do not dissolve or react with the SAC solder during reflow. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Addition of Mo nanoparticles results smaller IMC thickness and scallop diameter. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Mo nanoparticles influence the interfacial IMC through discrete particle effect.

  8. Exploring phase stability, electronic and mechanical properties of Ce-Pb intermetallic compounds using first-principles calculations

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    Tao, Xiaoma; Wang, Ziru; Lan, Chunxiang; Xu, Guanglong; Ouyang, Yifang; Du, Yong

    2016-05-01

    The phase stability, electronic and mechanical properties of Ce-Pb intermetallics have been investigated by using first-principles calculations. Five stable and four metastable phases of Ce-Pb intermetallics were verified. Among them, CePb2 has been confirmed as HfGa2-type structure. For Ce5Pb3, the high pressure phase transformation from D8m to D88 with trivalent Ce has been predicted to occur at P=1.2 GPa and a high temperature phase transformation has been predicted from D8m to D88 with tetravalent Ce at 531.5 K. The calculated lattice constants of the five stable phases are in good agreement with experimental values. The electronic density of states, charge density and electron localization function of Ce3Pb have been calculated, which indicated that the Ce and Pb show ionic behavior. The polycrystalline bulk modulus, shear modulus, Young's modulus, and Poisson's ratio are also estimated from the calculated single crystalline elastic constants. All of the calculated elastic constants satisfy mechanical stability criteria. The microhardness and mechanical anisotropy are predicted. The anisotropic nature of the Ce-Pb intermetallic compounds are demonstrated by the three-dimensional orientation dependent surfaces of Young's moduli and linear compressibility are also demonstrated. The longitudinal, transverse and average sound velocities and the Debye temperatures are also obtained in this work. The Ce3Pb has the largest Debye temperature of 192.6 K, which means the Ce3Pb has a highest melting point and high thermal conductivity than other compounds.

  9. The role of zinc on the chemistry of complex intermetallic compounds

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    Xie, Weiwei

    2014-01-01

    Combining experiments and electronic structure theory provides the framework to design and discover new families of complex intermetallic phases and to understand factors that stabilize both new and known phases. Using solid state synthesis and multiple structural determinations, ferromagnetic β-Mn type Co8+xZn12–x was analyzed for their crystal and electronic structures.

  10. Estimation of the composition of intermetallic compounds in LiCl-KCl molten salt by cyclic voltammetry.

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    Liu, Ya L; Liu, Kui; Yuan, Li Y; Chai, Zhi F; Shi, Wei Q

    2016-08-15

    In this work, the compositions of Ce-Al, Er-Al and La-Bi intermetallic compounds were estimated by the cyclic voltammetry (CV) technique. At first, CV measurements were carried out at different reverse potentials to study the co-reduction processes of Ce-Al, Er-Al and La-Bi systems. The CV curves obtained were then re-plotted with the current as a function of time, and the coulomb number of each peak was calculated. By comparing the coulomb number of the related peaks, the compositions of the Ce-Al, Er-Al and La-Bi intermetallic compounds formed in the co-reduction process could be estimated. The results showed that Al11Ce3, Al3Ce, Al2Ce and AlCe could be formed by the co-reduction of Ce(iii) and Al(iii). For the co-reduction of Er(iii) and Al(iii), Al3Er2, Al2Er and AlEr were formed. In a La(iii) and Bi(iii) co-existing system in LiCl-KCl melts, LaBi2, LaBi and Li3Bi were the major products as a result of co-reduction. PMID:27203295

  11. Growth behavior of intermetallic compounds during reactive diffusion between aluminum alloy 1060 and magnesium at 573-673 K

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    Xiao, Lin; Wang, Ning

    2015-01-01

    A potential new research reactor fuel design proposes to use U-Mo fuel in a Mg matrix clad with Al. Interdiffusion between the Mg containing fuel core and Al cladding can result in the formation of intermetallic compounds that can be detrimental to fuel element performance. The kinetics of the reactive diffusion in the binary Al-Mg system was experimentally studied. Layers of the intermetallic compounds, β (Al3Mg2) and γ (Al12Mg17) phases, were formed between the Al alloy 1060 and Mg during annealing. The β layer was observed to grow faster than the γ phase. The thickness of each layer can be expressed by a power function of the annealing time with the exponent n close to 0.5 for the β phase and less than 0.5 for the γ phase. The results suggest that the growth of β phase is controlled by lattice diffusion and that of the γ phase by grain boundary and lattice diffusion. Metallographic examination showed the grain boundary diffusion in the form of columnar growth of γ phase during annealing. Based on the reactive diffusion equation developed in this work, in the absence of irradiation effects, it will take more than 110 h to consume a half thickness of 400 μm of the cladding.

  12. Microstructure study of the rare-earth intermetallic compounds R5(SixGe1-x)4 and R5(SixGe1-x)3

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    Cao, Qing

    2012-01-01

    The unique combination of magnetic properties and structural transitions exhibited by many members of the R5(SixGe1-x)4 family (R = rare earths, 0 ≤ x ≤ 1) presents numerous opportunities for these materials in advanced energy transformation applications. Past research has proven that the crystal structure and magnetic ordering of the R5(SixGe1-x)4 compounds can be altered by temperature, magnetic field, pressure and the Si/Ge ratio. Results of this thesis study on the crystal structure of the Er5Si4 compound have for the first time shown that the application of mechanical forces (i.e. shear stress introduced during the mechanical grinding) can also result in a structural transition from Gd5Si4-type orthorhombic to Gd5Si2Ge2-type monoclinic. This structural transition is reversible, moving in the opposite direction when the material is subjected to low-temperature annealing at 500 °C.

  13. Lattice structure transformation and change in surface hardness of Ni3Nb and Ni3Ta intermetallic compounds induced by energetic ion beam irradiation

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    Kojima, H.; Yoshizaki, H.; Kaneno, Y.; Semboshi, S.; Hori, F.; Saitoh, Y.; Okamoto, Y.; Iwase, A.

    2016-04-01

    Ni3Nb and Ni3Ta intermetallic compounds, which show the complicated lattice structures were irradiated with 16 MeV Au5+ ions at room temperature. The X-ray diffraction measurement revealed that the lattice structure of these intermetallic compounds changed from the ordered structures to the amorphous state by the ion irradiation. The irradiation-induced amorphization caused the increase in Vickers hardness. The result was compared with our previous results for Ni3Al and Ni3V, and was discussed in terms of the intrinsic lattice structures of the samples.

  14. Catalytic properties of intermetallic compounds Ln(NiM)/sub 5/ and their hydrides in hydrogenation reactions

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    Konenko, I.R.; Starodubtseva, E.V.; Urazbaeva, K.A.; Fedorovskaya, E.A.; Klabunovskii, E.I.; Slinkin, A.A.; Mordovin, V.P.

    1989-02-01

    The catalytic (hydrogenation of propylene), asymmetric (enantioselective hydrogenation of ethyl acetoacetate), and magnetic properties of intermetallic compounds with the composition Ln(NiM)/sub 5/(IMC), where Ln = La, Sm, Gd; M = Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Cu, and of their hydrides have been studied. The data obtained indicate that the catalytic activity of the above compounds in both reactions is due to structural peculiarities of IMC and to the affinity of IMC to H/sub 2/. The observed changes in the total and the optical yield of the product of hydrogenation in the presence of IMC hydrides, modified with R,R-(+) tartaric acid, as functions of the nature of d-metals and their combinations, in the initial complex catalyst lead to the assumption that different metal tartrate complexes are formed on the hydride surface which act as centers of enantioselective hydrogenation.

  15. Structural, electronic and elastic properties of RERu2 (RE=Pr and Nd) Laves phase intermetallic compounds

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    Shrivastava, Deepika; Sanyal, Sankar P.

    2016-05-01

    We have performed the first-principles calculations to study the structural, electronic and elastic properties of RERu2 (RE = Pr and Nd) Laves phase intermetallic compounds using full-potential linearized augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) method based on density functional theory (DFT) within the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) for exchange and correlation potential. The optimized lattices constant are in reasonable agreement with available experimental data. The electronic properties are analyzed in terms of band structures, total and partial density of states, which confirm their metallic character. The calculated elastic constants infer that these compounds are mechanically stable in C15 (MgCu2 type) structure and found to be ductile in nature.

  16. Characterization of High-Temperature Abrasive Wear of Cold-Sprayed FeAl Intermetallic Compound Coating

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    Li, Chang-Jiu; Wang, Hong-Tao; Yang, Guan-Jun; Bao, Chong-Gao

    2011-01-01

    FeAl intermetallic compound coating was prepared by cold spraying using a mechanically alloyed Fe(Al) alloy powder followed by post-spray annealing at 950 °C. The high-temperature abrasive wear test was carried out for the FeAl coating at a temperature range from room temperature to 800 °C. The high-temperature abrasive wear of a heat-resistant stainless steel 2520 was performed for comparison. It was observed that the abrasive wear weight loss of FeAl coating was proportional to wear cycles in terms of sample revolutions at the tested temperatures. It was found that with the increase of the test temperature higher than 400 °C, the wear rate of cold-sprayed FeAl coating decreased with the increase of test temperature, while the wear rate of the heat-resistant steel increased significantly. The results indicate that the high-temperature abrasive wear resistance of the cold-sprayed FeAl intermetallic coating increased with the increase of the wear temperature in a temperature range from 400 to 800 °C. The wear resistance of cold-sprayed FeAl coating was higher than that of heat-resistant 2520 stainless steel under 800 °C by a factor of 3.

  17. On the formation of Al{sub 3}Ni{sub 2} intermetallic compound by aluminothermic reduction of nickel oxide

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    Parsa, M.R.; Soltanieh, M.

    2011-07-15

    Simultaneous reduction of NiO and formation of Al{sub 3}Ni{sub 2} intermetallic compound at 880, 940 and 1000 deg. C were investigated by means of the thermal reduction method. The optimal Ni contents for the starting samples were determined at different times and temperatures through the compositional analysis. The microstructure of the metallic quenched samples was observed by scanning electron microscope. Moreover, the X-ray diffraction analysis and energy disperse spectrometry were applied to characterize the formation of the phases. The results showed that the metallic samples consisted of Al{sub 3}Ni{sub 2}, Al{sub 3}Ni and Al phases and that there was no trace of Ni, NiO and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}. It was found that after 10 min at the applied temperatures, the reaction completed. For the longer time, the dispersed Al{sub 3}Ni{sub 2} nuclei were grown and its continuous network formed. By increasing the temperature, the thickness of the Al{sub 3}Ni precipitation around Al{sub 3}Ni{sub 2} phase is enhanced in the samples with the same Ni content. A model was proposed for these reactions. - Research Highlights: {yields} Simultaneous reduction of NiO, and Al{sub 3}Ni{sub 2} intermetallics formation at temperatures lower than Ni melting point. {yields} Presently a mechanism for such a process. {yields} Parametric study of microstructure and formed phases.

  18. FP-LAPW based investigation of structural, electronic and mechanical properties of CePb{sub 3} intermetallic compound

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    Pagare, Gitanjali Jain, Ekta; Abraham, Jisha Annie; Sanyal, Sankar P.

    2015-08-28

    A theoretical study of structural, electronic, elastic and mechanical properties of CePb{sub 3} intermetallic compound has been investigated systematically using first principles density functional theory. The calculations are carried out within the three different forms of generalized gradient approximation (GGA) and LSDA for the exchange correlation potential. The ground state properties such as lattice parameter (a{sub 0}), bulk modulus (B) and its pressure derivative (B′) are calculated and obtained lattice parameter of this compound shows well agreement with the experimental results. We have calculated three independent second order elastic constants (C{sub 11}, C{sub 12} and C{sub 44}), which has not been calculated and measured yet. From energy dispersion curves, it is found that the studied compound is metallic in nature. Ductility of this compound is analyzed using Pugh’s criteria and Cauchy's pressure (C{sub 11}-C{sub 12}). The mechanical properties such as Young's modulus, shear modulus, anisotropic ratio, Poison's ratio have been calculated for the first time using the Voigt–Reuss–Hill (VRH) averaging scheme. The average sound velocities (v{sub m}), density (ρ) and Debye temperature (θ{sub D}) of this compound are also estimated from the elastic constants.

  19. Effect of electron doping on thermoelectric properties for narrow-bandgap intermetallic compound RuGa2

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    Takagiwa, Y.; Kitahara, K.; Kimura, K.

    2013-01-01

    The maximum dimensionless figure of merit, ZTmax, as a function of the chemical potential of the narrow-bandgap intermetallic compound RuGa2 was calculated by using the Boltzmann transport equation with a simple rigid band approach under the constant relaxation time assumption. The calculation, including the effect of the group velocity, indicates that ZTmax over unity would be achieved by electron doping rather than hole doping. Based on this calculation, the effects of Ir substitution for Ru on the thermoelectric properties for RuGa2 have been investigated in the temperature range from 373 K to 973 K. Indeed, a relatively large ZT value of 0.31 for n-type material was obtained in the nominal composition of Ir3.0Ru30.4Ga66.6. The discussion includes the validity of the rigid band approximation and further enhancement of ZT from theoretical and experimental aspects.

  20. Experimental investigation on the corrosion behavior of Al3Ti-based intermetallic compounds in nuclear reactor normal operation conditions

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    Park, Jeong-Yong; Kim, Il-Hyun; Kim, Hyun-Gil; Jung, Yang-Il; Park, Dong-Jun; Park, Jung-Hwan; Koo, Yang-Hyun

    2015-12-01

    The corrosion behavior of Al3Ti-based intermetallic compounds was investigated under nuclear reactor normal operation conditions. The corrosion test was performed for Al-25Ti-10Cr and Al-21Ti-23Cr (at.%) in 633 K water and 673 K steam. The corroded surface was analyzed to identify the corrosion products. Both alloys showed a weight loss in 633 K water with no appreciable difference between the alloys. The corroded layer formed in water was shown to be the mixture of AlO(OH), TiO2, and Cr2O3. In 673 K steam, the corrosion behaviors of both alloys were similar with a small amount of weight gain. A thin, stable Al2O3 layer was formed on the surface as result of oxidation in 673 K steam.

  1. Boron-modified Ni3Al intermetallic compound formed by spark plasma sintering of mechanically activated Ni and Al powders

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    Shevtsova, L. I.; Ogneva, T. S.; Mul, D. O.; Esikov, M. A.; Larichkin, A. Yu; Malikov, V. N.

    2016-04-01

    A Ni3Al intermetallic compound was obtained by spark plasma sintering of mechanically activated Ni and Al powders in atomic ratio 3:1 respectively. Samples with boron addition of 0.1 and 0.2% (wt.) and samples without boron were obtained. The maximum value of the relative density (~99 %) has been obtained for the material by sintering of mechanically activated mixture powders modified with 0.1% of boron. No differences have been found between the structure of boron-modified Ni3Al and Ni3Al without boron addition. The maximum level of bending strength (2200 MPa) has been achieved for Ni3Al with 0.1% (wt.) of boron. This value is almost 3 times the bending strength of the sample of Ni3Al sintered without boron addition.

  2. Wear Properties of Intermetallic Compound Reinforced Functionally Graded Materials Fabricated by Centrifugal Solid-particle and In-Situ Methods

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    Watanabe, Yoshimi; Sato, Hisashi; Fukui, Yasuyoshi

    One of the functionally graded material (FGM) fabrication methods is a centrifugal method, which is an application of the centrifugal casting technique. The centrifugal force applied to a homogeneous molten composite assists the formation of the desired gradation. In this paper, the wear properties of two kinds of Al base FGMs, namely Al-Al3Ti FGM and Al-Al3Ni FGM, are reported. The former and the latter hold the oriented intermetallic compound platelets and the particle size gradient, respectively. Here, volume fraction, size, shape and orientation of the reinforcements in the composite play an important role in improving the mechanical properties of the materials, whereby FGMs with oriented platelets or particle size gradient may have special mechanical properties such as increased wear resistance. Based on the experimental results, the origin of anisotropic wear resistance and the effect of particle size on the wear properties are discussed.

  3. Elastic, Electronic and Thermodynamic Properties of Rh3X(X = Zr, Nb and Ta) Intermetallic Compounds

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    Ould Kada, M.; Seddik, T.; Sayede, A.; Khenata, R.; Bouhemadou, A.; Deligoz, E.; Alahmed, Z. A.; Bin Omran, S.; Rached, D.

    2014-11-01

    Structural, electronic, elastic and thermodynamic properties of Rh3X(X = Zr, Nb, Ta) intermetallic compounds are investigated in the framework of density functional theory (DFT). The exchange-correlation (XC) potential is treated with the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) and local density approximation (LDA). The computed ground state properties agree well with the available theoretical and experimental values. The elastic constants are obtained by calculating the total energy versus volume conserving strains using Mehl model. The electronic and bonding properties are discussed from the calculations of band structures (BSs), densities of states and electron charge densities. The volume and bulk modulus at high pressure and temperature are investigated. Additionally, thermodynamic properties such as the heat capacity, thermal expansion and Debye temperature at high pressures and temperatures are also analyzed.

  4. Fracture Behaviors of Sn-Cu Intermetallic Compound Layer in Ball Grid Array Induced by Thermal Shock

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    Shen, Jun; Zhai, Dajun; Cao, Zhongming; Zhao, Mali; Pu, Yayun

    2014-02-01

    In this work, thermal shock reliability testing and finite-element analysis (FEA) of solder joints between ball grid array components and printed circuit boards with Cu pads were used to investigate the failure mechanism of solder interconnections. The morphologies, composition, and thickness of Sn-Cu intermetallic compounds (IMC) at the interface of Sn-3.0Ag-0.5Cu lead-free solder alloy and Cu substrates were investigated by scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. Based on the experimental observations and FEA results, it can be recognized that the origin and propagation of cracks are caused primarily by the difference between the coefficient of thermal expansion of different parts of the packaged products, the growth behaviors and roughness of the IMC layer, and the grain size of the solder balls.

  5. Investigations of the (R)nickel germanide intermetallic compounds by X-ray resonant magnetic scattering

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    Kim, Jong-Woo

    2005-11-01

    The x-ray magnetic scattering (XRMS) intensities of the Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, and Tm L2,3 edges were investigated using two isostructural samples [Gd1/4Tb1/4Dy1/4Ho 1/4]Ni2Ge2 and [Gd1/3Er1/3Tm 1/3]Ni2Ge2 in order to elucidate systematics in the underlying resonance process. Taken together with theoretical linearized augmented planewave (LAPW) calculations employing LDA + U, we found that the XRMS intensity at the heavy rare-earth L edges is strongly related to the 4f-5d exchange interaction and that the branching ratio arises from the effects of spin orbit coupling in the 5d band. For Gd, the 4f-5 d exchange interaction is large and dominant over not only the spin orbit coupling but also other interactions. Therefore, the XRMS intensity of Gd L3 and L2 edges most closely reflects the state of 4f moments. In the pure GdNi2Ge2 compound, large antiferromagnetic (AFM) domains were found, comparable to the x-ray beam size. Single domain scattering was measured carefully with a very small beam size for various azimuth angles and temperatures. From this measurement, a second transition at 16 K in bulk measurements was identified as a transformation from a collinear squared-up structure at high temperature, to a tilted helical structure below 16 K. Since the XRMS scattering cross-section is strongly dependent on the magnetic moment direction, the AFM domain structure was imaged by the XRMS intensity. From single domain scattering data, the ratio of the spin moments in the collinear and the spiral structure of GdNi2Ge2 at the second magnetic transition temperature were derived and used to estimate the magnetic anisotropy energy of Gd. Surprisingly, the estimated magnetic anisotropy energy of Gd in this compound is much higher than that of pure Gd metal (about a order of magnitude). This is expected to be the effect of the anisotropy in 5d conduction band. More theoretical study is necessary to understand this observation.

  6. Ab initio calculations on elastic properties in L12 structure Al3X and X3Al-type (X=transition or main group metal) intermetallic compounds

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    Tian, T.; Wang, X. F.; Li, W.

    2013-03-01

    As high-temperature structural materials, L12 intermetallic compounds have attracted the strong interest from both fundamental and industrial aspects. Understanding of elastic property is a basis for the complete investigations of mechanical behavior of L12 alloys. In an effort to explore the electronic origin of elastic properties of L12 intermetallics, we have performed a systematic study on elastic constants for single crystals, and Young's modulus, shear modulus, bulk modulus and Poisson's ratio for poly-crystals of 22 known Al3X and X3Al-type (X=transition or main group metal) intermetallics using the ab initio calculations. Based on the calculations of elastic constants and extreme (both positive and negative) Poisson's ratios, we found a pronounced correlation between the extreme Poisson's ratio and the elastic anisotropy, i.e., approximate 40% of the investigated L12 intermetallics exhibit intrinsic auxetic behavior. Furthermore, based on the distribution of bonding charge densities, we revealed that the ductility and extreme Poisson's ratios were attributable to the directionality of bonds of these alloys. Our findings provide a new method to predict mechanical behavior of intermetallics.

  7. Rattling-enhanced superconductivity in M V2A l20(M =Sc ,Lu ,Y ) intermetallic cage compounds

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    Winiarski, M. J.; Wiendlocha, B.; Sternik, M.; Wiśniewski, P.; O'Brien, J. R.; Kaczorowski, D.; Klimczuk, T.

    2016-04-01

    Polycrystalline samples of four intermetallic compounds: M V2A l20 (M =Sc , Y, La, and Lu) were synthesized using an arc-melting technique. The crystal structures were analyzed by means of powder x-ray diffraction and Rietveld analysis, and the physical properties were studied by means of heat capacity, electrical resistivity, and magnetic susceptibility measurements down to 0.4 K. For Sc V2A l20 , Lu V2A l20 , and Y V2A l20 , superconductivity was observed with critical temperatures Tc=1.00 , 0.57, and 0.60 K, respectively. Superconductivity for the Lu compound is reported. Theoretical calculations of the electronic and phonon structures were conducted in order to analyze the superconductivity and dynamics in Sc V2A l20 , Y V2A l20 , and Lu V2A l20 and to explain the lack of a superconducting transition in La V2A l20 down to 0.4 K. The results of the experimental and theoretical studies show that all the compounds are weakly coupled type-II BCS superconductors, and reveal the importance of the M -atom anharmonic "rattling" modes for the superconductivity in these materials, which seem to enhance Tc, especially for Sc V2A l20 .

  8. The evolution of γ-Mg17Al12 intermetallic compound during accumulative back extrusion and subsequent ageing treatment

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    Maghsoudi, M. H.; Zarei-Hanzaki, A.; Abedi, H. R.; Shamsolhodaei, A.

    2015-11-01

    Accumulative back extrusion (ABE) processing, as a novel severe plastic deformation (SPD) method, has been recently justified to be capable of modifying the microstructural characteristics of alloys. In line to its ongoing researches, the present work has been planned to study the evolution of γ-Mg17Al12 intermetallic phase during ABE and subsequent ageing treatment in a high Al-bearing Mg-Al-Zn alloy. The behaviour of γ intermetallic has been systematically examined as following points of view: (i) strain-temperature-dependent morphology changes, (ii) strain-induced dissolution, and (iii) re-ageing behaviour as a function of time and temperature. Aiming to analyse the morphology of eutectic γ compound with respect to the strain and temperature, 2D projections of effective diameter, shape factor and globularity have been made in strain/temperature graphs. The processing conditions (strain and temperature) corresponding to the desired and undesired morphologies are introduced and microstructurally explained through underlying plasticity mechanisms, i.e., 'necking-thinning-particle separation' and 'brittle fragmentation.' The former mechanism is suggested to be in relation with partial strain-induced dissolution of eutectic γ phase, leading to generation of a supersaturated solid solution. This has resulted to the observation of 'off-stoichiometry' phenomena in Mg17Al12 phase and has been justified through dislocation-assisted deformation mechanism at elevated temperature. Surprisingly, a unique re-ageing behaviour has been found for the obtained solid solutions, where a modified kinetics and morphology of γ phase precipitation were characterized. The altered precipitation behaviour is attributed to the specific defect structure achieved by SPD acting as fast diffusion channel for Al solutes.

  9. A new approach to study vacancy defects in high-temperature intermetallic compounds

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    Collins, G.S.; Sinha, P.

    1995-08-01

    Perturbed angular correlations of gamma rays (PAC) is being applied to study defects in ordered intermetallic alloys. Vacancies on both Pd and In sublattices in the B2 system PdIn were detected after quenching through quadrupole interactions induced at nearby {sup 111}In probe atoms. Fractions of probe atoms having each type of neighboring defect were observed to increase monotonically with quenching temperature over the range 825--1,500 K. For compositions close to 50.15 at.% Pd, nearly equal site fractions were observed for Pd and In vacancies, indicating that the Schottky vacancy-pair defect is the thermal defect at high temperature. The formation enthalpy of the Schottky defect was determined to be 1.3(2) eV through analysis of quenching data from in the range 825--1,200 K. Above 1200 K, however, the vacancy concentration was observed to saturate at a value of 1.4(2) atomic percent, perhaps due to breakdown of the law of mass action for high defect concentrations.

  10. Effects of Bonding Wires and Epoxy Molding Compound on Gold and Copper Ball Bonds Intermetallic Growth Kinetics in Electronic Packaging

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    Gan, C. L.; Classe, F. C.; Chan, B. L.; Hashim, U.

    2014-04-01

    This paper discusses the influence of bonding wires and epoxy mold compounds (EMC) on intermetallic compound (IMC) diffusion kinetics and apparent activation energies ( E aa) of CuAl and AuAl IMCs in a fineline ball grid array package. The objective of this study is to study the CuAl and AuAl IMC growth rates with different epoxy mold compounds and to determine the apparent activation energies of different combination of package bills of materials. IMC thickness measurement has been carried out to estimate the coefficient of diffusion ( D o) and E aa various aging conditions of different EMCs and bonding wires. Apparent activation energies ( E aa) of both wire types were investigated after high temperature storage life tests (HTSL) for both molding compounds. Au bonds were identified to have faster IMC formation, compared to slower IMC growth of Cu. The E aa obtained for CuAl IMC diffusion kinetics are 1.08 and 1.04 eV with EMC A and EMC B, respectively. For AuAl IMC diffusion kinetics, the E aa obtained are 1.04 and 0.98 eV, respectively, on EMC A and EMC B. These values are close to previous HTSL studies conducted on Au and Cu ball bonds and are in agreement to the theory of HTSL performance of Au and Cu bonding wires.Overall, EMC B shows slightly lower apparent activation energy ( E aa) valueas in CuAl and AuAl IMCs. This proves that the different types of epoxy mold compounds have some influence on IMC growth rates.

  11. Rare earth-transition metal-magnesium compounds-An overview

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    Rodewald, Ute Ch.; Chevalier, Bernard Poettgen, Rainer

    2007-05-15

    Intermetallic rare earth-transition metal-magnesium compounds play an important role as precipitations in modern light weight alloys and as host materials for hydrogen storage applications. Recent results on the crystal chemistry, the chemical bonding peculiarities, physical properties, and hydrogenation behavior of these materials are reviewed. - Graphical abstract: View of the Sm{sub 4}RhMg crystal structure approximately along the direction. Samarium, rhodium, and magnesium atoms are drawn as medium gray, filled (hidden in the trigonal prisms), and open circles, respectively. The three-dimensional network of corner-sharing RhSm{sub 6} trigonal prisms and the Mg{sub 4} tetrahedra are emphasized. The Sm1 atoms do not participate in the network of condensed trigonal prisms.

  12. Multiscale Study of Interfacial Intermetallic Compounds in a Dissimilar Al 6082-T6/Cu Friction-Stir Weld

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    Avettand-Fenoël, M. N.; Taillard, R.; Ji, G.; Goran, D.

    2012-12-01

    The objective of this work was to characterize the Al x Cu y intermetallic compounds (IMCs) formed at the abutting interface during solid-state friction-stir welding (FSW) of 6082 aluminum alloy and pure copper. As IMCs are potential sources of flaws in case of mechanical loading of welds, their study is essential at various scale lengths. In the present case, they have been identified by neutron diffraction, electron backscattered diffraction, and transmission electron microscopy. Neutron diffraction analyses have shown that a shift of the tool from the interface, in particular towards the Cu part, generates an increase of the IMCs' volume fraction. In accordance with an exacerbation of its kinetics of formation by FSW, a 4- μm-thick layer has precipitated at the interface despite the shortness of the thermal cycle. This layer is composed of two sublayers with the Al4Cu9 and Al2Cu stoichiometry, respectively. Convergent beam electron diffraction analyses have, however, disclosed that the crystallography of the current Al2Cu compound does not comply with the usual tetragonal symmetry of this phase. The Al2Cu phase formation results from both the local chemical composition and thermodynamics, whereas the development of Al4Cu9 is rather due to both the local chemical composition and the shortness of the local FSW thermal cycle.

  13. Studies of magnetostriction and spin polarized band structures of rare earth intermetallics

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    Wallace, W. E.

    1979-01-01

    Anisotropic magnetostriction measurements of R6Fe23, R = (Tb, Dy, Ho, and Er) were carried out from 77 K to room temperature. Magnetic fields up to 2.1 Tesla were applied. All the compounds exhibited large magnetostrictions at 77 K, the largest effect being obtained for Tb6Fe23. Saturation magnetostriction values for the compounds were also determined for 77 K and room temperature. Results of the temperature dependence of magnetostriction for Er6Fe23 are in good agreement with Callen and Callen's single ion theory. Therefore, the main sources of magnetostriction in this compound is the Er ion. The spin-up and spin-down electronic energy bands, the density of states and the magnetic moments of YCo5, SmCo5, and GdCo5 were calculated by the spin polarized augmented plane wave technique. The calculations obtained show the origin of the moment, provide good estimates of its magnitude and variation, and the reasons for those variations. They also show the important role of partial charge transfer and of d-d electronic coupling. Calculations for LaNi5 and GdNi5 systems are discussed.

  14. Elastic and Thermodynamic Properties of Complex Mg-Al Intermetallic Compounds via Orbital-Free Density Functional Theory

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    Zhuang, Houlong; Chen, Mohan; Carter, Emily A.

    2016-06-01

    Magnesium-aluminum (Mg-Al) alloys are important metal alloys with a wide range of engineering applications. We investigate the elastic and thermodynamic properties of Mg, Al, and four stoichiometric Mg-Al compounds including Mg17Al12 , Mg13Al14 , and Mg23Al30 , and MgAl2 with orbital-free density-functional theory (OFDFT). We first calculate the lattice constants, zero-temperature formation energy, and independent elastic constants of these six materials and compare the results to those computed via Kohn-Sham DFT (KSDFT) benchmarks. We obtain excellent agreement between these two methods. Our calculated elastic constants of hexagonal close-packed Mg and face-centered-cubic Al are also consistent with available experimental data. We next compute their phonon spectra using the force constants extracted from the very fast OFDFT calculations, because such calculations are computationally challenging using KSDFT. This is especially the case for the Mg23Al30 compound, whose 3 ×3 ×3 supercell consists of 1431 atoms. We finally employ the quasiharmonic approximation to investigate temperature-dependent thermodynamic properties, including formation energies, heat capacities, and thermal expansion of the four Mg-Al intermetallic compounds. The calculated heat capacity and thermal expansion of both Mg and Al agree well with experimental data. We additionally find that Mg13Al14 and MgAl2 are both unstable, consistent with their absence from the equilibrium Mg-Al phase diagram. Our work demonstrates that OFDFT is an efficient and accurate quantum-mechanical computational tool for predicting elastic and thermodynamic properties of complicated Mg-Al alloys and also should be applicable to many other engineering alloys.

  15. New insights into rare-earth intermetallic alloys for cryogenic Peltier cooling

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    Boona, Stephen; Morelli, Donald

    2013-03-01

    Strongly correlated materials such as intermediate valence CePd3 have long been considered attractive candidates for cryogenic Peltier cooling due to the combination of metallic electrical resistivity concurrent with Seebeck coefficient values on the order of 100 μ V/K at low temperatures. This behavior is a direct result of the strong hybridization of localized 4f states with delocalized conduction electrons, which gives rise to several unusual structural, electronic, thermal, and magnetic properties. Our recent work on this compound has helped to unravel some of the complex ways in which these properties are correlated, and we have successfully utilized this improved understanding to enhance ZT up to 0.3. We present a broad overview of these new insights and provide suggestions for how they may be exploited to achieve enhanced thermoelectric performance in other strongly correlated materials. Work supported by AFOSR-MURI ``Cryogenic Peltier Cooling'' Contract #FA9550-10-1-0533.

  16. New method for computer analysis of complex intermetallic compounds and nanocluster model of the samson phase Cd{sub 3}Cu{sub 4}

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    Blatov, V. A.; Ilyushin, G. D.

    2010-12-15

    A new method is proposed for the computer analysis of crystal structures of complex intermetallic compounds (with more than 1000 atoms per unit cell) using a developed algorithm of the complete decomposition of the 3D graph of the structure into nanocluster substructures. This method has been implemented in the TOPOS software package and approved successfully in an analysis of the complex Cu{sub 3}Cd{sub 4} structure (Samson phase). Cu{sub 3}Cd{sub 4} structure models were used to establish a structural relationship between nanoclusters in this intermetallic compound and nanoclusters in other complex crystal structures: ZrZn{sub 22}, Ru{sub 7}Mg{sub 44}, NaCd{sub 2}, and Mg{sub 2}Al{sub 3}.

  17. Nanoclusters based on pentagondodecahedra with shells in the form of D32, D42, and D50 deltahedra in crystal structures of intermetallic compounds

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    Pankova, A. A.; Ilyushin, G. D.; Blatov, V. A.

    2012-01-15

    The TOPOS software package has been used to form a database of intermetallic compounds containing pentagondodecahedral d clusters (528 crystal structures of intermetallic compounds, 111 topological types, and 47 space symmetry groups). On the whole, 606 atomic d configurations have been selected which are described by 14 point symmetry groups. Examples of nanoclusters are presented which are precursors of the crystal structures of intermetallic compounds with the outer shell in the form of deltahedra D, which are formed above dodecahedra. These nanoclusters are identified in the automatic mode of structural data processing: D32 (K{sub 8}In{sub 6}Ge{sub 40}, Cs{sub 30}Na{sub 3}Sn{sub 162}), D{sub 42} (Ru{sub 3}Be{sub 17}, Y{sub 3}Cd{sub 18}, Ca{sub 3}(Cd{sub 17}Al)), and D{sub 50} (Yb{sub 3}Zn{sub 18}, Ce{sub 3}(Au{sub 14}Sn{sub 3}), Pr{sub 3}Cd{sub 18}, Eu{sub 4}Cd{sub 25}), where 32, 42, and 50 are the numbers of atoms in the shell. Similar deltahedra were found previously in icosahedral nanoclusters (precursors of intermetallic compounds). Structures with the dodecahedral nanocluster precursors containing D42 and D50 deltahedra are approximants of MCd{sub 5.7} (M = Yb or Ca) quasicrystals and belong to the family of MCd{sub 6} (M = Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Dy, Yb, Y, or Ca).

  18. The magnetic behavior of the intermetallic compound NdMn2Ge2 studied by magnetization and hyperfine interactions measurements

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    Bosch-Santos, B.; Carbonari, A. W.; Cabrera-Pasca, G. A.; Saxena, R. N.; Freitas, R. S.

    2015-05-01

    The magnetic behavior of the intermetallic compound NdMn2Ge2 was investigated by bulk magnetization measurements and measurements of hyperfine interactions using perturbed γ-γ angular correlation (PAC) spectroscopy. Magnetization measurements indicate the presence of four magnetic transitions associated with the Mn and Nd magnetic sublattices. At high temperatures, magnetic measurements show a change in the slope of the magnetization due to an antiferromagnetic transition around TN ˜ 425 K and a well defined ferromagnetic transition at TC ˜ 320 K. Moreover, at ˜210 K a peak is observed in the magnetization curve, which is assigned to the reorientation of the Mn spin, and at ˜25 K an increase in the magnetic moment is also observed, which is ascribed to the ordering of Nd ions. PAC measurements using 140La(140Ce) and 111In(111Cd) probe nuclei allowed the determination of the temperature dependence of the magnetic hyperfine field (Bhf) at Nd and Mn sites, respectively. PAC results with 111Cd probe nuclei at Mn sites show that the dependence of Bhf with temperature follows the expected behavior for the host magnetization associated with the magnetic ordering of Mn ions. From these results, the antiferromagnetic transition followed by a ferromagnetic ordering is clearly observed. PAC results with 140Ce probe nuclei at Nd sites, however, showed a strong deviation from the Brillouin function, which is attributed to the Ce 4f-electron contribution to Bhf.

  19. Atomistic simulation of radiation-induced amorphization of the B2 ordered intermetallic compound NiTi

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    Sabochick, M.J. . Dept. of Engineering Physics); Lam, N.Q. )

    1990-12-01

    Amorphization of the B2 intermetallic compound NiTi under electron irradiation has been investigated using molecular dynamics. The effect of irradiation was simulated using two processes: (1) Ni and Ti atoms were exchanged, resulting in chemical disorder, and (2) Frenkel pairs were introduced, leading to the formation of stable point defects and also chemical disorder upon mutual recombination of interstitials and vacancies. After {approximately}0.4 exchanges per atom, the first process resulted in an energy increase of approximately 0.11 eV/atom and a volume increase of 1.91%. On the other hand, after introducing {approximately}0.5 Frenkel pairs per atom, the second process led to smaller increases of 0.092 eV/atom in energy and 1.43% in volume. The calculated radial distribution functions (RDFs) were essentially identical to each other and to the calculated RDF of a quenched liquid. The structure factor, however, showed that long-range order was still present after atom exchanges, while the introduction of Frenkel pairs resulted in the loss of long-range order. It was concluded that point defects are necessary for amorphization to occur in NiTi, although chemical disorder alone is capable of storing enough energy to make the transition possible. 18 refs., 3 figs.

  20. In situ study on the effect of thermomigration on intermetallic compounds growth in liquid-solid interfacial reaction

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    Qu, Lin; Zhao, Ning; Ma, Haitao Zhao, Huijing; Huang, Mingliang

    2014-05-28

    Synchrotron radiation real-time imaging technology was carried out in situ to observe and characterize the effect of thermomigration on the growth behavior of interfacial intermetallic compounds (IMCs) in Cu/Sn/Cu solder joint during soldering. The thermomigration resulted in asymmetrical formation and growth of the interfacial IMCs. Cu{sub 6}Sn{sub 5} and Cu{sub 3}Sn IMCs formed at the cold end and grew rapidly during the whole soldering process. However, only Cu{sub 6}Sn{sub 5} IMC formed at the hot end and remained relatively thin until solidification. The IMCs at the cold end were nearly seven times thicker than that at the hot end after solidification. The Cu dissolution at the cold end was significantly restrained, while that at the hot end was promoted, which supplied Cu atoms to diffuse toward the cold end under thermomigration to feed the rapid IMC growth. Moreover, the thermomigration also caused asymmetrical morphology of the interfacial IMCs at the cooling stage, i.e., the Cu{sub 6}Sn{sub 5} IMC at the cold end transformed into facet structure, while that at the hot end remained scallop-type. The asymmetrical growth behavior of the interfacial IMCs was analyzed from the view point of kinetics.

  1. Theoretical Calculations for Magnetic Property of FeRh Inter-Metallic Compound with Site-Exchange Defects

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    Kaneta, Yasunori; Ishino, Shiori; Chen, Ying; Iwata, Shuichi; Iwase, Akihiro

    2011-10-01

    To clarify the relationship between a magnetic property and a defect structure in FeRh inter-metallic compound theoretically, energy band calculations are performed based on the density functional theory. Under the assumption that the majority of defect structure is a type of site-exchanged one between Fe and Rh atoms, total energy for various magnetic structures is evaluated within a super-cell of 2×2×2 cubic cells. Due to the site-exchange defect pair of nearest neighbor Fe and Rh atoms in 12.5%/f.u. (f.u.: formula unit) density, the total energy increases by 1.91 eV/pair in the anti-ferromagnetic structure and 0.88 eV/pair in the ferromagnetic structure. Although the anti-ferromagnetic structure is the stable state at low temperatures in defect-free FeRh, it becomes unstable with an amount of the site-exchange defect density. Threshold defect density to stabilize ferromagnetic state is estimated to be 0.8%/f.u. This phenomenon is expected in ion irradiated FeRh.

  2. Micromagnetic analysis of the hardening mechanisms of nanocrystalline MnBi and nanopatterned FePt intermetallic compounds.

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    Kronmüller, H; Yang, J B; Goll, D

    2014-02-12

    The uniaxial intermetallic compounds of L10-FePt and the low temperature NiAs structure of MnBi are suitable alloys for application as high-density recording materials or as high-coercivity permanent magnets. Single domain particles of these materials are characterized by coercive fields above 1 T over a large temperature range. In particular MnBi shows a coercive field of 2 T at 450 K. Its extraordinary magnetic properties in the temperature range up to 600 K are due to an increase of the magnetocrystalline anisotropy constant from 1.2 MJ m(-3) at 300 K to 2.4 MJ m(-3) at 450 K. In spite of the large coercivities obtained for both type of materials their experimental values deviate considerably from the theoretical values Hc = 2K1/Js valid for a homogeneous rotation process in spherical particles. As is well known these discrepancies are due to the deteriorating effects of the microstructure. For an analysis of the coercive fields the Stoner-Wohlfarth theory has to be expanded with respect to higher anisotropy constants and to microstructural effects such as misaligned grains and grain surfaces with reduced anisotropy constants. It is shown that the temperature dependence and the angular dependence of Hc for FePt as well as MnBi can be quantitatively interpreted by taking into account the above mentioned intrinsic and microstructural effects. PMID:24469256

  3. Evidence of ferromagnetism in vanadium substituted layered intermetallic compounds RE (Co1-xVx) 2 Si2 (RE=Pr and Nd; 0 ≤ x ≤ 0.35)

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    Chowdhury, R. Roy; Dhara, S.; Bandyopadhyay, B.

    2016-03-01

    In intermetallic compounds RECo2Si2 (RE=Pr and Nd), cobalt has been partially substituted by vanadium to obtain RE(Co1-xVx)2Si2 (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.35). The parent compounds are antiferromagnetic below about 30 K due to the ordering of localized magnetic moments that are present only on rare-earth ions, cobalt being non-magnetic in the parent compounds. The present study demonstrates that in these compounds where 3 d and 4 f ions occupy different layers in the crystal structure, V substitution and subsequent lattice expansion results in the occurrence of inequivalent magnetic ions and complex interactions that lead to multiple magnetic transitions. At temperatures around 40-50 K, the temperature dependence of magnetization indicates a ferrimagnetic transition which is accompanied by a rapid decrease in the temperature dependence of resistivity. Below temperatures ∼30 K, the samples begin to show ferromagnetic-like behavior with the appearance of a coercive field and saturation in the magnetization at magnetic fields above ∼2 T. These two magnetic transitions are indicated also by prominent λ-like peaks in specific heat measurements. At around 10 K, a sharp drop in the resistivity indicates another magnetic transition which is followed by a rapid increase in coercive field with decrease in temperature. In a magnetic field of 9 T, the latter transition shifts to a lower temperature and that leads to a positive magnetoresistance. The onset of ferromagnetism at ∼30 K is accompanied with an exchange bias field which is observed for the first time in layered intermetallic compounds. The exchange bias field increases rapidly below the transition at ∼10 K and reaches ∼16% of coercive field at 2 K.

  4. Ultrarapid formation of homogeneous Cu6Sn5 and Cu3Sn intermetallic compound joints at room temperature using ultrasonic waves.

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    Li, Zhuolin; Li, Mingyu; Xiao, Yong; Wang, Chunqing

    2014-05-01

    Homogeneous intermetallic compound joints are demanded by the semiconductor industry because of their high melting point. In the present work, ultrasonic vibration was applied to Cu/Sn foil/Cu interconnection system at room temperature to form homogeneous Cu6Sn5 and Cu3Sn joints. Compared with other studies based on transient-liquid-phase soldering, the processing time of our method was dramatically reduced from several hours to several seconds. This ultrarapid intermetallic phase formation process resulted from accelerated interdiffusion kinetics, which can be attributed to the sonochemical effects of acoustic cavitation at the interface between the liquid Sn and the solid Cu during the ultrasonic bonding process. PMID:24279981

  5. Structural transformations in the deuterium-containing intermetallic compound (Ti3Al)D1.2 induced by high-pressure torsion

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    Eshchenko, R. N.; Elkina, O. A.; Patselov, A. M.; Pilyugin, V. P.

    2009-06-01

    The intermetallic compound Ti3Al (which is a very brittle material) with a high deuterium concentration ( x = 1.2) is fabricated in a monolithic state by high-pressure torsion at room temperature. The structure of the intermetallic samples is studied by X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy after deformation at various degrees. Under certain conditions, the main volume of the material is found to transform into an amorphous state, and areas 1-2 nm in size with an atomic arrangement close to the initial arrangement are also present in the material. The possible causes of the deformation-induced amorphization of the material alloyed with interstitial atoms are discussed.

  6. Magnetotransport and magnetothermal properties of the ternary intermetallic compound TbFe2Al10.

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    Khandelwal, Ashish; Chattopadhyay, M K; Roy, S B

    2016-09-01

    We have studied the temperature and field dependences of electrical resistivity and heat capacity of TbFe2Al10, and have also complimented the above studies with low field magnetization measurements. In zero magnetic field, TbFe2Al10 exhibits paramagnetic (PM) to ferrimagnetic (Ferri-I) and Ferri-I to antiferromagnetic (AFM) phase transitions below 17.6 and 10 K respectively. We have found that the electrical resistivity of TbFe2Al10 exhibits a sharp rise across the PM to Ferri-I phase transition in this compound. Our analysis indicates that this sharp rise of electrical resistivity is related to the formation of new zone boundaries (across the PM to Ferri-I phase transition) that reduce the area of the Fermi surface. We have found that TbFe2Al10 exhibits large magnetoresistance (MR) below 100 K. Overall, the MR behaviour of TbFe2Al10 below 17.6 K in different magnetic fields reveals strong competition between AFM and ferromagnetic (FM) correlations, which seems to be quite intrinsic to the magnetic structure of the compound. Our analysis indicates that the large MR and magnetocaloric effect persisting deep inside the PM regime of TbFe2Al10 is mainly related to the presence of FM spin fluctuations and the formation of a Griffiths like (GL) phase consisting of FM clusters within the PM regime. The formation of the GL phase may be mediated by the static crystal defects in the midst of the competing inter and intra layer magnetic interactions. PMID:27385638

  7. Magnetotransport and magnetothermal properties of the ternary intermetallic compound TbFe2Al10

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    Khandelwal, Ashish; Chattopadhyay, M. K.; Roy, S. B.

    2016-09-01

    We have studied the temperature and field dependences of electrical resistivity and heat capacity of TbFe2Al10, and have also complimented the above studies with low field magnetization measurements. In zero magnetic field, TbFe2Al10 exhibits paramagnetic (PM) to ferrimagnetic (Ferri-I) and Ferri-I to antiferromagnetic (AFM) phase transitions below 17.6 and 10 K respectively. We have found that the electrical resistivity of TbFe2Al10 exhibits a sharp rise across the PM to Ferri-I phase transition in this compound. Our analysis indicates that this sharp rise of electrical resistivity is related to the formation of new zone boundaries (across the PM to Ferri-I phase transition) that reduce the area of the Fermi surface. We have found that TbFe2Al10 exhibits large magnetoresistance (MR) below 100 K. Overall, the MR behaviour of TbFe2Al10 below 17.6 K in different magnetic fields reveals strong competition between AFM and ferromagnetic (FM) correlations, which seems to be quite intrinsic to the magnetic structure of the compound. Our analysis indicates that the large MR and magnetocaloric effect persisting deep inside the PM regime of TbFe2Al10 is mainly related to the presence of FM spin fluctuations and the formation of a Griffiths like (GL) phase consisting of FM clusters within the PM regime. The formation of the GL phase may be mediated by the static crystal defects in the midst of the competing inter and intra layer magnetic interactions.

  8. Theoretical studies of strongly correlated rare-earth intermetallics RIn₃ and RSn₃ (R=Sm, Eu, and Gd)

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    Shafiq, M.; Ahmad, Iftikhar E-mail: dr.iftikhar@uom.edu.pk; Jalali Asadabadi, S.

    2014-09-14

    In this paper, the structural, elastic, and electronic properties of RIn₃ and RSn₃ (R = Sm, Eu, Gd) compounds have been investigated using the full potential linearized augmented plane wave plus local orbital method within the density functional theory. The structural properties are investigated using the LDA, GGA, and the band correlated LDA+U and GGA+U schemes. The lattice parameters are in good agreement with the available experimental results and the divalent state of Eu is also verified. The spin-orbit coupling is included in order to predict the correct electronic properties and splitting of 4f states of the rare earth elements is also incorporated. We calculated Bulk modulus, shear modulus, Young's modulus, anisotropic ratio, Kleinman parameters, Poisson's ratio, Lame's co-efficient, sound velocities for shear and longitudinal waves, and Debye temperature. We also predict the Cauchy pressure and B/G ratio in order to explore the ductile and brittle behaviors of these compounds.

  9. Solid state phase equilibria and intermetallic compounds of the Al-Cr-Ho system

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    Pang, Mingjun; Zhan, Yongzhong; Du, Yong

    2013-02-15

    The solid state phase equilibria of the Al-Cr-Ho ternary system at 500 Degree-Sign C were experimentally investigated. The phase relations at 500 Degree-Sign C are governed by 14 three-phase regions, 29 two-phase regions and 15 single-phase regions. The existences of 10 binary compounds and 2 ternary phases have been confirmed. Al{sub 11}Cr{sub 2}, Al{sub 11}Cr{sub 4} and Al{sub 17}Ho{sub 2} were not found at 500 Degree-Sign C. Crystal structures of Al{sub 9}Cr{sub 4} and Al{sub 8}Cr{sub 4}Ho were determined by the Rietveld X-ray powder data refinement. Al{sub 9}Cr{sub 4} was found to exhibit cubic structure with space group I4-bar 3m (no. 217) and lattice parameters a=0.9107(5) nm. Al{sub 8}Cr{sub 4}Ho crystallizes in ThMn{sub 12} structure type with space group I4/mmm (no. 139) and lattice parameters a=0.8909(4) nm, c=0.5120(5) nm. It is concluded that the obtained Al{sub 4}Cr phase in this work should be {mu}-Al{sub 4}Cr by comparing with XRD pattern of the hexagonal {mu}-Al{sub 4}Mn compound. - Graphical abstract: The solid state phase equilibria of the Al-Cr-Ho ternary system at 500 Degree-Sign C. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Al-Cr-Ho system has been investigated. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Al{sub 9}Cr{sub 4} has cubic structure with space group I4-bar 3m. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Al{sub 8}Cr{sub 4}Ho crystallizes in ThMn{sub 12} type with space group I4/mmm. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Al{sub 4}Cr phase is {mu}-type at 500 Degree-Sign C.

  10. The structural, elastic and thermodynamic properties of intermetallic compound CeGa2

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    Çiftci, Yasemin; Çolakoǧlu, Kemal; Çoban, Cansu; Deligöz, Engin

    2012-02-01

    The structural, elastic and thermodynamic characteristics of CeGa2 compound in the AlB2 (space group: P6/mmm) and the omega trigonal (space group: P-3m1) type structures are investigated using the methods of density functional theory within the generalized gradient approximation (GGA). The thermodynamic properties of the considered structures are obtained through the quasi-harmonic Debye model. The results on the basic physical parameters, such as the lattice constant, the bulk modulus, the pressure derivative of bulk modulus, the phase-transition pressure (P t) from P6/mmm to P-3m1 structure, the second-order elastic constants, Zener anisotropy factor, Poisson's ratio, Young's modulus, and the isotropic shear modulus are presented. In order to gain further information, the pressure and temperature-dependent behavior of the volume, the bulk modulus, the thermal expansion coefficient, the heat capacity, the entropy, Debye temperature and Grüneisen parameter are also evaluated over a pressure range of 0-6 GPa and a wide temperature range of 0-1800 K. The obtained results are in agreement with the available experimental and the other theoretical values.

  11. The structural, elastic and thermodynamic properties of intermetallic compound CeGa2

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    Çiftci, Yasemin Ö.; Çolakoǧlu, Kemal; Çoban, Cansu; Deligöz, Engin

    2012-02-01

    The structural, elastic and thermodynamic characteristics of CeGa2 compound in the AlB2 (space group: P6/mmm) and the omega trigonal (space group: P-3m1) type structures are investigated using the methods of density functional theory within the generalized gradient approximation (GGA). The thermodynamic properties of the considered structures are obtained through the quasi-harmonic Debye model. The results on the basic physical parameters, such as the lattice constant, the bulk modulus, the pressure derivative of bulk modulus, the phase-transition pressure ( P t ) from P6/mmm to P-3m1 structure, the second-order elastic constants, Zener anisotropy factor, Poisson's ratio, Young's modulus, and the isotropic shear modulus are presented. In order to gain further information, the pressure and temperature-dependent behavior of the volume, the bulk modulus, the thermal expansion coefficient, the heat capacity, the entropy, Debye temperature and Grüneisen parameter are also evaluated over a pressure range of 0-6 GPa and a wide temperature range of 0-1800 K. The obtained results are in agreement with the available experimental and the other theoretical values.

  12. Positron annihilation study of the influence of doping on the 3 d electron states in the Ni3Al intermetallic compound

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    Druzhkov, A. P.; Perminov, D. A.; Stepanova, N. N.

    2010-10-01

    The 3 d electron states in Ni3Al single crystals doped with Fe, Co, and Nb have been investigated using angular correlation of annihilation radiation (ACAR). The ACAR spectra contain information on the momentum distribution of valence electrons and strongly bound 3 d electrons of the intermetallic compound. It has been established that the positrons in the Ni3Al crystals predominantly annihilate in the nickel sublattice from delocalized states. The doping of the compound by the third element leads to a variation in the momentum distribution of Ni 3 d electrons due to the change in the character of interatomic bonds. An analysis of the momentum distribution has demonstrated that the niobium atoms increase the covalent component of the chemical bond as compared to the binary compound due to the d Nb- d Ni hybridization. The doping with cobalt atoms also enhances the tendency toward the formation of the covalent bond. At the same time, iron atoms have a weak effect on the electronic structure of the intermetallic compound.

  13. Radiation-induced amorphization of intermetallic compounds: A molecular-dynamics study of CuTi and Cu sub 4 Ti sub 3

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    Lam, N.Q.; Okamoto, P.R. ); Sabochick, M.J. . Dept. of Engineering Physics)

    1991-06-01

    In the present paper, important results of our recent computer simulation of radiation-induced amorphization in the ordered compounds CuTi and Cu{sub 4}Ti{sub 3} are summarized. The energetic, structural, thermodynamic and mechanical responses of these intermetallics during chemical disordering, point-defect production and heating were simulated, using molecular dynamics and embedded-atom potentials. From the atomistic details obtained, the critical role of radiation-induced structural disorder in driving the crystalline-to-amorphous phase transformation is discussed. 25 refs., 4 figs.

  14. Hydrogenation of Zr0.9Ti0.1CrxFe2-x Intermetallic Compounds: Free Electron Model for Magnetic Susceptibility and Thermoelectric Power

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    Niyomsoan, S.; Termsuksawad, P.; Goldfarb, R. B.; Olson, D. L.; Mishra, B.; Kaydanov, V.; Gavra, Z.

    2008-02-01

    The magnetic susceptibility and thermoelectric power of Zr0.9Ti0.1CrxFe2-x intermetallic compounds were investigated as functions of hydrogen content. The alloys are paramagnetic, with magnetic susceptibility and Seebeck coefficient increasing with the amount of stored hydrogen. The susceptibility is proportional to the Seebeck coefficient and to the d-electron concentration, consistent with a free-electron model. The susceptibility of alloys with lower iron concentration suggests exchange-enhanced Pauli paramagnetism. However, Curie-Weiss paramagnetism likely coexists in alloys with higher iron content. Magnetic and electronic measurements may be used to assess the ability of an alloy to store hydrogen.

  15. Crystal structure and chemical bonding of novel Li-containing polar intermetallic compound La{sub 11}Li{sub 12}Ge{sub 16}

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    Jung, Yaho; Nam, Gnu; Jeon, Jieun; Kim, Youngjo; You, Tae-Soo

    2012-12-15

    A novel Li-containing polar intermetallic compound La{sub 11}Li{sub 12}Ge{sub 16} has been synthesized using the high-temperature reaction method and characterized by both powder and single-crystal X-ray diffractions. The title compound crystallized in the orthorhombic crystal system (space group Immm, Z=2, Pearson symbol oI78) with fifteen crystallographically unique atomic positions in the asymmetric unit, and the lattice parameters are refined as a=4.5244(4) A, b=6.9932(6) A, and c=53.043(5) A. The complex crystal structure of the title compound can be described as a 2:1 intergrowth of two closely related compounds: La{sub 2}Li{sub 2}Ge{sub 3} (Ce{sub 2}Li{sub 2}Ge{sub 3}-type) and La{sub 3}Li{sub 4}Ge{sub 4} (Zr{sub 3}Cu{sub 4}Si{sub 4}-type) acting like 'building-blocks' along the c-axis. Six La sites are categorized into three distinct types based on the local coordination environment showing the coordination numbers of 12-14. Three unique Li sites are placed in the centers of local tetrahedra formed by four Ge atoms which eventually construct Ge{sub 2} dimers or 1-dimensional cis-/trans-Ge chains. Theoretical investigations using the tight-binding linear muffin-tin orbital (LMTO) method provide rationales for an improved structural stability and for unique local coordination geometries established by anionic elements including [LiGe{sub 4}] tetrahedra, cis-/trans-Ge chain and Ge{sub 2} dimers. - Graphical abstract: Reported is a novel ternary Li-containing polar intermetallic compound La{sub 11}Li{sub 12}Ge{sub 16}. The complex crystal structure can be viewed as a simple combination of two closely related known compounds acting as 'building-blocks', La{sub 2}Li{sub 2}G{sub 3} and La{sub 3}Li{sub 4}Ge{sub 4}, in a 2:1 stoichiometric ratio. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A novel Li-containing polar intermetallic compound La{sub 11}Li{sub 12}Ge{sub 16} was synthesized. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The complex crystal structure was easily explained as

  16. Surface structures of In-Pd intermetallic compounds. I. Experimental study of In thin films on Pd(111) and alloy formation

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    McGuirk, G. M.; Ledieu, J.; Gaudry, É.; Weerd, M.-C. de; Fournée, V.

    2014-08-28

    A combination of experimental methods was used to study the structure of In thin films deposited on the Pd(111) surface and the alloying behavior. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), low-energy electron diffraction (LEED), and scanning tunneling microscopy results indicate that surface alloying takes place at room temperature. Below 2 monolayer equivalents (MLEs), the LEED patterns show the formation of three rotational domains of InPd(110) of poor structural quality on top of the Pd(111) substrate. Both core-levels and valence band XPS spectra show that the surface alloy does not yet exhibit the electronic structure characteristic of the 1:1 intermetallic compound under these conditions. Annealing the 1 MLE thin film up to 690 K yields to a transition from a multilayer InPd near-surface intermetallic phase to a monolayer-like surface alloy exhibiting a well ordered (√(3)×√(3)) R30{sup ∘} superstructure and an estimated composition close to In{sub 2}Pd{sub 3}. Annealing above 690 K leads to further In depletion and a (1 × 1) pattern is recovered. The (√(3)×√(3)) R30{sup ∘} superstructure is not observed for thicker films. Successive annealing of the 2 MLE thin film leads the progressive disappearance of the InPd diffraction spots till a sharp (1 × 1) pattern is recovered above 690 K. In the high coverage regime (from 4 to 35 MLE), the formation of three rotational domains of a bcc-In{sub 7}Pd{sub 3} compound with (110) orientation is observed. This In-rich phase probably grows on top of interfacial InPd(110) domains and is metastable. It transforms into a pure InPd(110) near-surface intermetallic phase in a temperature range between 500 and 600 K depending on the initial coverage. At this stage, the surface alloy exhibits core-level chemical shifts and valence band (VB) spectra identical to those of the 1:1 InPd intermetallic compound and resembling Cu-like density of states. Annealing at higher temperatures yields to a decrease of the In

  17. Electrocatalytic mechanism and kinetics of SOMs oxidation on ordered PtPb and PtBi intermetallic compounds: DEMS and FTIRS study.

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    Wang, Hongsen; Alden, Laif; Disalvo, F J; Abruña, Héctor D

    2008-07-01

    The electrocatalytic activities and mechanisms of PtPb and PtBi ordered intermetallic phases towards formic acid, formaldehyde and methanol oxidation have been studied by DEMS and FTIRS, and the results compared to those for a pure polycrystalline platinum electrode. While PtPb exhibits an enhanced electrocatalytic activity for the oxidation of all three organic molecules when compared to a Pt electrode, PtBi exhibits an enhanced catalytic activity towards formic acid and formaldehyde oxidation, but not methanol. FTIRS data indicate that adsorbed CO does not form on PtPb or PtBi intermetallic compounds during the oxidation of formic acid, formaldehyde and methanol, and therefore their oxidation on both PtPb and PtBi intermetallic compounds proceeds via a non-CO(ads) pathway. Quantitative DEMS measurements indicate that only CO(2) was detected as a final product during formic acid oxidation on Pt, PtPb and PtBi electrodes. At a smooth polycrystalline platinum electrode, the oxidation of formaldehyde and methanol produces mainly intermediates (formaldehyde and formic acid), while CO(2) is a minor product. In contrast, CO(2) is the major product for formaldehyde and methanol oxidation at a PtPb electrode. The high current efficiency of CO(2) formation for methanol and formaldehyde oxidation at a PtPb electrode can be ascribed to the complete dehydrogenation of formaldehyde and formic acid due to electronic effects. The low onset potential, high current density and high CO(2) yield make PtPb one of the most promising electrocatalysts for fuel cell applications using small organic molecules as fuels. PMID:18563235

  18. Interfacial reaction of intermetallic compounds of ultrasonic-assisted brazed joints between dissimilar alloys of Ti6Al4V and Al4Cu1Mg.

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    Ma, Zhipeng; Zhao, Weiwei; Yan, Jiuchun; Li, Dacheng

    2011-09-01

    Ultrasonic-assisted brazing of Al4Cu1Mg and Ti6Al4V using Zn-based filler metal (without and with Si) has been investigated. Before brazing, the Ti6Al4V samples were pre-treated by hot-dip aluminizing and ultrasonic dipping in a molten filler metal bath in order to control the formation of intermetallic compounds between the Ti6Al4V samples and the filler metal. The results show that the TiAl(3) phase was formed in the interface between the Ti6Al4V substrate and the aluminized coating. For the Zn-based filler metal without Si, the Ti6Al4V interfacial area of the brazed joint did not change under the effect of the ultrasonic wave, and only consisted of the TiAl(3) phase. For the Zn-based filler metal with Si, the TiAl(3) phase disappeared and a Ti(7)Al(5)Si(12) phase was formed at the interfacial area of the brazed joints under the effect of the ultrasonic wave. Due to the TiAl(3) phase completely changing to a Ti(7)Al(5)Si(12) phase, the morphology of the intermetallic compounds changed from a block-like shape into a lamellar-like structure. The highest shear strength of 138MPa was obtained from the brazed joint free of the block-like TiAl(3) phase. PMID:21489846

  19. PyDII: A python framework for computing equilibrium intrinsic point defect concentrations and extrinsic solute site preferences in intermetallic compounds

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    Ding, Hong; Medasani, Bharat; Chen, Wei; Persson, Kristin A.; Haranczyk, Maciej; Asta, Mark

    2015-08-01

    Point defects play an important role in determining the structural stability and mechanical behavior of intermetallic compounds. To help quantitatively understand the point defect properties in these compounds, we developed PyDII, a Python program that performs thermodynamic calculations of equilibrium intrinsic point defect concentrations and extrinsic solute site preferences in intermetallics. The algorithm implemented in PyDII is built upon a dilute-solution thermodynamic formalism with a set of defect excitation energies calculated from first-principles density-functional theory methods. The analysis module in PyDII enables automated calculations of equilibrium intrinsic antisite and vacancy concentrations as a function of composition and temperature (over ranges where the dilute solution formalism is accurate) and the point defect concentration changes arising from addition of an extrinsic substitutional solute species. To demonstrate the applications of PyDII, we provide examples for intrinsic point defect concentrations in NiAl and Al3 V and site preferences for Ti, Mo and Fe solutes in NiAl.

  20. A COMPOUND MODEL FOR THE ORIGIN OF EARTH'S WATER

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    Izidoro, A.; Winter, O. C.; De Souza Torres, K.; Haghighipour, N.

    2013-04-10

    One of the most important subjects of debate in the formation of the solar system is the origin of Earth's water. Comets have long been considered as the most likely source of the delivery of water to Earth. However, elemental and isotopic arguments suggest a very small contribution from these objects. Other sources have also been proposed, among which local adsorption of water vapor onto dust grains in the primordial nebula and delivery through planetesimals and planetary embryos have become more prominent. However, no sole source of water provides a satisfactory explanation for Earth's water as a whole. In view of that, using numerical simulations, we have developed a compound model incorporating both the principal endogenous and exogenous theories, and investigating their implications for terrestrial planet formation and water delivery. Comets are also considered in the final analysis, as it is likely that at least some of Earth's water has cometary origin. We analyze our results comparing two different water distribution models, and complement our study using the D/H ratio, finding possible relative contributions from each source and focusing on planets formed in the habitable zone. We find that the compound model plays an important role by showing greater advantage in the amount and time of water delivery in Earth-like planets.

  1. Structural, stability and electronic properties of C15-AB2 (A = Ti, Zr; B = Cr) intermetallic compounds and their hydrides: An ab initio study

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    Sarhaddi, Reza; Arabi, Hadi; Pourarian, Faiz

    2014-05-01

    The structural, stability and electronic properties of C15-AB2 (A = Ti, Zr; B = Cr) isomeric intermetallic compounds were systematically investigated by using density functional theory (DFT) and plane-wave pseudo-potential (PW-PP) method. The macroscopic properties including the lattice constant, bulk modulus and stability for these compounds were studied before and after hydrogenation. For parent compounds, the enthalpy of formation was evaluated with regard to their bulk modules and electronic structures. After hydrogenation of compounds at different interstitial tetrahedral sites (A2B2, A1B3, B4), a volume expansion was found for hydrides. The stability properties of hydrides characterized the A2B2 sites as the site preference of hydrogen atoms for both compounds. The Miedema's "reverse stability" rule is also satisfied in these compounds as lower the enthalpy of formation for the host compound, the more stable the hydride. Analysis of microscopic properties (electronic structures) after hydrogenation at more stable interstitial site (A2B2) shows that the H atoms interact stronger with the weaker (or non) hydride forming element B (Cr) than the hydride forming element A (Ti/Zr). A correlation was also found between the stability of the hydrides and their electronic structure: the deeper the hydrogen band, the less stable the hydride.

  2. The adsorption, catalytic and structural characteristics of LaNi /SUB 5-x/ Co /SUB x/ intermetallic compounds and their hydrides -

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    Konenko, I.R.; Fedorovskaya, E.A.; Klabunovskii, E.I.; Slinkin, A.A.; Starodubtseva, E.V.; Stepanov, Y.P.

    1986-10-01

    The hydrogen adsorption, propylene hydrogenation catalysis, and magnetic properties of LaNi /SUB 5-x/ Co /SUB x/ (0 intermetallic compounds (IMC) and their hydrides were studied. An extremal dependence of the specific catalytic activity on the catalyst composition was found. The rate of propylene hydrogenation obeys a kinetic equation which is zero-order in hydrogen and first-order relative to the olefin. Comparison of the data for the catalytic, magnetic, and physicochemical properties of the IMC and their hydrides showed that the catalytic activity of these compounds is related to the hydrogen affinity of the IMC and their structural features related to the ratio of the nickel and cobalt atoms.

  3. The easy magnetization directions in R{sub 6}Fe{sub 23} intermetallic compounds: A crystal field analysis

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    Bowden, G.J.; Cadogan, J.M.; de Leon, H.; Ryan, D.H.

    1997-04-01

    X-ray diffraction patterns on magnetically aligned powder samples of R{sub 6}Fe{sub 23} (R=Dy, Er, Ho, and Tm) show that these compounds all magnetize along a [111] easy direction. At first sight it is difficult to reconcile the common easy magnetization direction of Er{sub 6}Fe{sub 23} and Tm{sub 6}Fe{sub 23} on one hand, with Dy{sub 6}Fe{sub 23} and Ho{sub 6}Fe{sub 23} on the other, since the respective B{sub 20} rare earth crystal field parameters of these pairs of compounds are opposite in sign. In this article we show that the crystal field stabilization energy of the [111] direction, relative to either [100] or [110], varies as the square of the crystal field term B{sub 20}, thereby providing an explanation for the common [111] direction of easy magnetization. {copyright} {ital 1997 American Institute of Physics.}

  4. Random-anisotropy ferromagnetic state in the C u5G d0.54C a0.42 intermetallic compound

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    Krnel, M.; Vrtnik, S.; Koželj, P.; Kocjan, A.; Jagličić, Z.; Boulet, P.; de Weerd, M. C.; Dubois, J. M.; Dolinšek, J.

    2016-03-01

    By applying the alloy design concept that stable intermetallic phases between two immiscible elements can be formed by adding a third element that forms stable compounds with both elements, we have synthesized the first known stable intermetallic compound of Cu, Gd, and Ca, where copper acts as the mediating element between the immiscible Gd and Ca. A compound with the composition C u84G d9C a7 (equivalent to C u5G d0.54C a0.42 ) was synthesized by the Czochralski technique in the form of a large single crystal of high structural perfection, and the structural model was determined by x-ray diffraction (XRD). The compound crystallizes in the hexagonal system, space group P 6 /mmm, and the crystal structure is isotypic to the C u5.44T b0.78 . The unit cell contains inherent disorder due to partial occupation of the Cu3 site and the substitutional disorder at the Gd/Ca mixed site located at the vertices of the hexagonal unit cell, where Gd and Ca randomly substitute each other. The random substitution of magnetic Gd by nonmagnetic Ca atoms makes the magnetic Gd lattice disordered, which leads to interesting magnetic ordering at low temperatures that occurs below TC=24 K in zero and low external magnetic fields. By performing a large set of complementary experiments along two perpendicular crystallographic directions (the [001] hexagonal-axis direction and the [100] hexagonal-plane direction), we show that the zero-field collective magnetic state can be described as a random-anisotropy ferromagnetic state, where random magnetic anisotropies originate from the magnetic dipole interactions between the Gd moments in the magnetically disordered lattice. The random-anisotropy ferromagnetic state in the C u84G d9C a7 is characterized by randomness and frustration of magnetic interactions, which are the two ingredients that allow classifying this state into the generic class of spin glasses. Our paper opens the possibility to search for new ternary intermetallic phases in the

  5. Finite Element Modeling of Stress Evolution in Sn Films due to Growth of the Cu6Sn5 Intermetallic Compound

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    Buchovecky, Eric; Jadhav, Nitin; Bower, Allan F.; Chason, Eric

    2009-12-01

    We use finite element simulations to quantitatively evaluate different mechanisms for the generation of stress in Sn films due to growth of the Cu6Sn5 intermetallic phase at the Cu-Sn interface. We find that elastic and plastic behavior alone are not sufficient to reproduce the experimentally measured stress evolution. However, when grain boundary diffusion is included, the model results agree well with experimental observations. Examination of conditions necessary to produce the observed stresses provides insight into potential strategies for minimizing stress generation and thus mitigating Sn whisker growth.

  6. Comparison of Sn-Ag-Cu Solder Alloy Intermetallic Compound Growth Under Different Thermal Excursions for Fine-Pitch Flip-Chip Assemblies

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    Tian, Ye; Liu, Xi; Chow, Justin; Wu, Yi Ping; Sitaraman, Suresh K.

    2013-08-01

    The intermetallic compound (IMC) evolution in Cu pad/Sn-Ag-Cu solder interface and Sn-Ag-Cu solder/Ni pad interface was investigated using thermal shock experiments with 100- μm-pitch flip-chip assemblies. The experiments show that low standoff height of solder joints and high thermomechanical stress play a great role in the interfacial IMC microstructure evolution under thermal shock, and strong cross-reaction of pad metallurgies is evident in the intermetallic growth. Furthermore, by comparing the IMC growth during thermal aging and thermal shock, it was found that thermal shock accelerates IMC growth and that kinetic models based on thermal aging experiments underpredict IMC growth in thermal shock experiments. Therefore, new diffusion kinetic parameters were determined for the growth of (Cu,Ni)6Sn5 using thermal shock experiments, and the Cu diffusion coefficient through the IMC layer was calculated to be 0.2028 μm2/h under thermal shock. Finite-element models also show that the solder stresses are higher under thermal shock, which could explain why the IMC growth is faster and greater under thermal shock cycling as opposed to thermal aging.

  7. Structural and physical properties of the new intermetallic compound Yb{sub 3}Pd{sub 2}Sn{sub 2}

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    Solokha, P.; Curlik, I.; Giovannini, M.; Lee-Hone, N.R.; Reiffers, M.; Ryan, D.H.; Saccone, A.

    2011-09-15

    The crystal structure of the ternary intermetallic compound Yb{sub 3}Pd{sub 2}Sn{sub 2} has been determined ab initio from powder X-ray diffraction data. The compound crystallizes as a new structure type in the orthorhombic space group Pbcm and lattice constants a=0.58262(3), b=1.68393(8), c=1.38735(7) nm. Yb{sub 3}Pd{sub 2}Sn{sub 2} is composed of a complex {sub {infinity}}[Pd{sub 2}Sn{sub 2}]{sup {delta}-} polyanionic network in which the Yb ions are embedded. A comparison between this structure and those of Eu{sub 3}Pd{sub 2}Sn{sub 2} and Ca{sub 3}Pd{sub 2}Sn{sub 2}, other novel polar intermetallic compounds, was made. DC susceptibility and {sup 170}Yb Moessbauer spectroscopic measurements indicate a close-to divalent Yb behavior. Moreover, a hybridization between 4f and conduction electrons is suggested by electronic structure calculations and heat capacity measurements. - Graphical Abstract: Polyanionic networks for Yb{sub 3}Pd{sub 2}Sn{sub 2} and Eu{sub 3}Pd{sub 2}Sn{sub 2}. Highlights: > We determined ab initio the crystal structure of the novel ternary Yb{sub 3}Pd{sub 2}Sn{sub 2} stannide. > This structure has been compared with those of other polar 3:2:2 stannides discovered in this work. > Measurements of physical properties on Yb{sub 3}Pd{sub 2}Sn{sub 2} point to a close-to-divalent Yb ion. > Electron structure calculation and heat capacity indicate some hybridization between 4f and conduction electrons.

  8. Influence of nanoparticle addition on the formation and growth of intermetallic compounds (IMCs) in Cu/Sn-Ag-Cu/Cu solder joint during different thermal conditions

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    Tan, Ai Ting; Tan, Ai Wen; Yusof, Farazila

    2015-06-01

    Nanocomposite lead-free solders are gaining prominence as replacements for conventional lead-free solders such as Sn-Ag-Cu solder in the electronic packaging industry. They are fabricated by adding nanoparticles such as metallic and ceramic particles into conventional lead-free solder. It is reported that the addition of such nanoparticles could strengthen the solder matrix, refine the intermetallic compounds (IMCs) formed and suppress the growth of IMCs when the joint is subjected to different thermal conditions such as thermal aging and thermal cycling. In this paper, we first review the fundamental studies on the formation and growth of IMCs in lead-free solder joints. Subsequently, we discuss the effect of the addition of nanoparticles on IMC formation and their growth under several thermal conditions. Finally, an outlook on the future growth of research in the fabrication of nanocomposite solder is provided.

  9. Intermetallic compounds formed at the interface between Cu substrate and an Sn-9Zn-0.5Ag lead-free solder

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    Chang, T.-C.; Hon, M.-H.; Wang, M.-C

    2003-04-30

    The intermetallic compounds (IMCs) formed at the interface between Cu substrate and an Sn-9Zn-0.5Ag lead-free solder alloy have been investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and electron diffraction (ED). The XRD patterns show that the main IMCs formed at the interface of Sn-9Zn-0.5Ag/Cu are {gamma}-Cu{sub 5}Zn{sub 8} and {eta}'-Cu{sub 6}Sn{sub 5}. The Ag{sub 3}Sn IMC with orthorhombic structure was also observed at the Sn-9Zn-0.5Ag/Cu interface by TEM and ED analyses. The interfacial adhesion strength between the Cu substrate and Sn-9Zn-0.5Ag lead-free solder alloy is higher than that of the Sn-9Zn alloy due to the formation of Ag{sub 3}Sn IMC at the interface.

  10. Blocking hillock and whisker growth by intermetallic compound formation in Sn-0.7Cu flip chip solder joints under electromigration

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    Liang, S. W.; Chen, Chih; Han, J. K.; Xu, Luhua; Tu, K. N.; Lai, Yi-Shao

    2010-05-01

    Mass extrusion occurs in electromigration at the anode in cross-sectioned Sn-0.7Cu flip-chip solder joints. In a pair of joints, the hillock squeezed out at the anode on the board side is more serious than the whisker grown at the anode on the chip side. The difference of mass extrusion has been found to be affected by the amount of intermetallic compound (IMC) formation in the solder bump. It is found that when a large amount of Cu-Sn IMCs form in the grain boundaries of Sn grains, small hillocks are extruded on the anode end. It is proposed that the excessive IMC formation may be able to block the diffusion path of Sn atoms, so the growth of both the Sn whiskers and hillocks are retarded.

  11. Enhancement on wettability and intermetallic compound formation with an addition of Al on Sn-0.7Cu lead-free solder fabricated via powder metallurgy method

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    Adli, Nisrin; Razak, Nurul Razliana Abdul; Saud, Norainiza

    2016-07-01

    Due to the toxicity of lead (Pb), the exploration of another possibility for lead-free solder is necessary. Nowadays, SnCu alloys are being established as one of the lead-free solder alternatives. In this study, Sn-0.7Cu lead-free solder with an addition of 1wt% and 5wt% Al were investigated by using powder metallurgy method. The effect of Al addition on the wettability and intermetallic compound thickness (IMC) of Sn-0.7Cu-Al lead-free solder were appraised. Results showed that Al having a high potential to enhance Sn-0.7Cu lead-free solder due to its good wetting and reduction of IMC thickness. The contact angle and IMC of the Sn-0.7Cu-Al lead-free solder were decreased by 14.32% and 40% as the Al content increased from 1 wt% to 5 wt%.

  12. Structural, electronic and elastic properties of the B2-ScM (M =Au, Hg and Tl) intermetallic compounds: Ab initio calculations

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    Mousa, Ahmad A.; Khalifeh, Jamil M.

    2015-10-01

    Structural, electronic, elastic and mechanical properties of ScM (M =Au, Hg and Tl) intermetallic compounds are studied using the full potential-linearized augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) method based on the density functional theory (DFT), within the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) and the local density approximation (LDA) to the exchange-correlation approximation energy as implemented in the Wien2k code. The ground state properties including lattice parameters, bulk modulus and elastic constants were all computed and compared with the available previous theoretical and experimental results. The lattice constant was found to increase in contrast to the bulk modulus which was found to decrease with every substitution of the cation (M) starting from Au till Tl in ScM. Both the electronic band structure and density-of-states (DOS) calculations show that these compounds possess metallic properties. The calculated elastic constants (C11, C12 and C44) confirmed the elastic stability of the ScM compounds in the B2-phase. The mechanical properties and ductile behaviors of these compounds are also predicted based on the calculated elastic constants.

  13. Double-exchange mechanism in rare-earth compounds

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    Gulacsi, M.

    2015-03-15

    We show that double-exchange mechanism is responsible for ferromagnetism in low dimensional rare-earth compounds. We use the bosonized version of the one-dimensional Anderson lattice model in Toulouse limit to characterize the properties of the emerging ferromagnetic phase. We give a comprehensive description of the ferromagnetic ordering of the correlated electrons which appears at intermediate couplings and doping. The obtained ferromagnetic phase transitions have been identified to be an order–disorder transition of the quantum random transverse-field Ising type.

  14. Electric Field Gradient at Nb Site in the Intermetallic Compounds Nb3X (X = AI, In, Si, Ge, Sn) Measured by PAC

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    Junqueira, A. C.; Carbonari, A. W.; Filho, J. Mestnik; Saxena, R. N.

    2000-02-01

    The electric field gradient (efg) at the Nb site in the intermetallic compounds Nb3X (X = Al, In, Si, Ge, Sn) was measured by the Perturbed Angular Correlation (PAC) method using the well-known gamma-gamma cascade of 133 -482 keV in 181Ta from the β- decay of 181Hf, substituting approximately 0.1 atom percent of Nb. The PAC results show that Vzz drops by nearly 40% when X changes from Al to In, and by about 25% when X changes from Si to Ge and Sn. This behavior is most probably related to the change in the degree of sp hybridization in these compounds. The Vzz values of the studied compounds do not follow the well known universal correlation for the efg's in non-cubic metals but the observed trend is well reproduced by results of ab-initio electronic structure calculations. In the case of Nb3 Al a linear temperature dependence of the quadrupole frequencies was observed in the temperature range of 6.5 to 1210 K.

  15. Evolution of the magnetic properties along the RCuBi2 (R = Ce, Pr, Nd, Gd, Sm) series of intermetallic compounds

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    Jesus, C. B. R.; Piva, M. M.; Rosa, P. F. S.; Adriano, C.; Pagliuso, P. G.

    2014-05-01

    In this paper, the evolution of the magnetic properties along the series of intermetallic compounds RCuBi2 (R = Ce, Pr, Nd, Gd, Sm) is discussed. These compounds crystallize in a tetragonal ZrCuSi2 (P4/nmm) structure, and our single crystals of RCuBi2 grown from Bi-flux show no evidence for Cu-deficiency [Ye et al., Acta Crystallogr. C 52, 1325 (1996)] as previously reported for R = Ce. For R = Ce, Pr, Gd, and Sm, we found an antiferromagnetic ordering at TN ˜ 16 K, 4.2 K, 13.6 K, and 4.9 K, respectively. For R = Nd, we saw no evidence for a magnetic phase transition down to T = 2 K. These values of TN clearly show a dramatic breakdown of the De Gennes factor in this series. We discuss our data taken into account the tetragonal crystalline electrical field and the anisotropic Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yoshida magnetic interaction between the R-ions in this family of compounds.

  16. Effect of Laser Processing Parameters on the Formation of Intermetallic Compounds in Fe-Al Dissimilar Welding

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    Meco, Sonia; Ganguly, Supriyo; Williams, Stewart; McPherson, Norman

    2014-09-01

    Fusion welding of steel to aluminum is difficult due to formation of different types of Fe-Al intermetallics (IMs). In this work, 2 mm-thick steel was joined to 6 mm aluminum in overlap configuration using a 8 kW CW fiber laser. A defocused laser beam was used to control the energy input and allow melting of the aluminum alone and form the bond by wetting of the steel substrate. Experimentally, the process energy was varied by changing the power density (PD) and interaction time separately to understand the influence of each of these parameters on the IM formation. It was observed that the IM formation is a complex function of PD and interaction time. It was also found that the mechanical strength of such joint could not be simply correlated to the IM layer thickness but also depends on the area of wetting of the steel substrate by molten aluminum. In order to form a viable joint, PD needs to be over a threshold value where although IM growth will increase, the strength will be better due to increased wetting. Any increase in interaction time, with PD over the threshold, will have negative effect on the bond strength.

  17. Magnetic interactions in equi-atomic rare-earth intermetallic alloys RScGe (R = Ce, Pr, Nd and Gd) studied by time differential perturbed angular correlation spectroscopy and ab initio calculations

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    Mishra, S N

    2009-03-01

    Applying the time differential perturbed angular correlation (TDPAC) technique we have measured electric and magnetic hyperfine fields of the 111Cd impurity in equi-atomic rare-earth intermetallic alloys RScGe (R = Ce, Pr and Gd) showing antiferro- and ferromagnetism with unusually high ordering temperatures. The Cd nuclei occupying the Sc site show high magnetic hyperfine fields with saturation values Bhf(0) = 21 kG, 45 kG and 189 kG in CeScGe, PrScGe and GdScGe, respectively. By comparing the results with the hyperfine field data of Cd in rare-earth metals and estimations from the RKKY model, we find evidence for the presence of additional spin density at the probe nucleus, possibly due to spin polarization of Sc d band electrons. The principal electric field gradient component Vzz in CeScGe, PrScGe and GdScGe has been determined to be 5.3 × 1021 V m-2, 5.5 × 1021 V m-2 and 5.6 × 1021 V m-2, respectively. Supplementing the experimental measurements, we have carried out ab initio calculations for pure and Cd-doped RScGe compounds with R = Ce, Pr, Nd and Gd using the full potential linearized augmented plane wave (FLAPW) method based on density functional theory (DFT). From the total energies calculated with and without spin polarization we find ferrimagnetic ground states for CeScGe and PrScGe while NdScGe and GdScGe are ferromagnetic. In addition, we find a sizable magnetic moment at the Sc site, increasing from ≈0.10 μB in CeScGe to ≈0.3 μB in GdScGe, confirming the spin polarization of Sc d band electrons. The calculated electric field gradient and magnetic hyperfine fields of the Cd impurity closely agree with the experimental values. We believe spin polarization of Sc 3d band electrons, strongly hybridized with spin polarized 5d band electrons of the rare-earth, enables a long range Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida (RKKY) interaction between RE 4f moments which in turn leads to high magnetic ordering temperatures in RScGe compounds.

  18. Magnetic interactions in equi-atomic rare-earth intermetallic alloys RScGe (R = Ce, Pr, Nd and Gd) studied by time differential perturbed angular correlation spectroscopy and ab initio calculations.

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    Mishra, S N

    2009-03-18

    Applying the time differential perturbed angular correlation (TDPAC) technique we have measured electric and magnetic hyperfine fields of the (111)Cd impurity in equi-atomic rare-earth intermetallic alloys RScGe (R = Ce, Pr and Gd) showing antiferro- and ferromagnetism with unusually high ordering temperatures. The Cd nuclei occupying the Sc site show high magnetic hyperfine fields with saturation values B(hf)(0) = 21 kG, 45 kG and 189 kG in CeScGe, PrScGe and GdScGe, respectively. By comparing the results with the hyperfine field data of Cd in rare-earth metals and estimations from the RKKY model, we find evidence for the presence of additional spin density at the probe nucleus, possibly due to spin polarization of Sc d band electrons. The principal electric field gradient component V(zz) in CeScGe, PrScGe and GdScGe has been determined to be 5.3 × 10(21) V m(-2), 5.5 × 10(21) V m(-2) and 5.6 × 10(21) V m(-2), respectively. Supplementing the experimental measurements, we have carried out ab initio calculations for pure and Cd-doped RScGe compounds with R = Ce, Pr, Nd and Gd using the full potential linearized augmented plane wave (FLAPW) method based on density functional theory (DFT). From the total energies calculated with and without spin polarization we find ferrimagnetic ground states for CeScGe and PrScGe while NdScGe and GdScGe are ferromagnetic. In addition, we find a sizable magnetic moment at the Sc site, increasing from ≈0.10 μ(B) in CeScGe to ≈0.3 μ(B) in GdScGe, confirming the spin polarization of Sc d band electrons. The calculated electric field gradient and magnetic hyperfine fields of the Cd impurity closely agree with the experimental values. We believe spin polarization of Sc 3d band electrons, strongly hybridized with spin polarized 5d band electrons of the rare-earth, enables a long range Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida (RKKY) interaction between RE 4f moments which in turn leads to high magnetic ordering temperatures in

  19. Instrumentation for Measuring Thermodynamic Properties of Rare-Earth Compounds

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    Urbina, Ulises I.; Thompson, Jonathon; Ho, Pei-Chun

    2010-03-01

    Current models on some Rare-Earth compounds cannot fully account for their strongly correlated electron behavior, which give rise to phenomenon such as unconventional superconductivity, heavy Fermion, and quantum critical behavior. The specific heat, thermopower, and thermal conductivity measurements give important thermodynamic properties, such as effective electronic mass, stiffness of the lattice (Debye temperature), entropy, density of states of charge carriers, and phase transitions which are crucial in characterizing these materials of interest in our laboratory. A calorimeter and a thermopower-thermal conductivity probe, which are using a modified relaxation method and standard steady-state heat flow technique, respectively, are constructed for the above purpose. Detailed schematic diagram and operating principles will be discussed in the report.

  20. Exposure, metabolism, and toxicity of rare earths and related compounds.

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    Hirano, S; Suzuki, K T

    1996-01-01

    For the past three decades, most attention in heavy metal toxicology has been paid to cadmium, mercury, lead, chromium, nickel, vanadium, and tin because these metals widely polluted the environment. However, with the development of new materials in the last decade, the need for toxicological studies on those new materials has been increasing. A group of rare earths (RE) is a good example. Although some RE have been used for superconductors, plastic magnets, and ceramics, few toxicological data are available compared to other heavy metals described above. Because chemical properties of RE are very similar, it is plausible that their binding affinities to biomolecules, metabolism, and toxicity in the living system are also very similar. In this report, we present an overview of the metabolism and health hazards of RE and related compounds, including our recent studies. Images Figure 1. A Figure 1. B Figure 1. C PMID:8722113

  1. The structure and composition of chromate conversion coatings formed on aluminum-copper alloy AA2024-T3 and thin film analogs of constituent intermetallic compounds

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    Vasquez, Marvin Jaime

    2002-01-01

    A comprehensive suite of spectroscopy have been used to study the composition and structure of Chromate Conversion Coatings (CCC) formed on Aluminum Copper (Al-Cu) alloy AA2024-T3 and constituent Intermetallic Compounds (IMCs). Based on previous work the CCC formed over the IMCs is expected to be thinner and therefore different in structure and composition than the CCC formed on the matrix. The formation of the CCC over the different IMCs is expected to be dependent on the chemistry and the interaction of the IMCs with accelerators such as ferricyanide. Surface chemical and structural data determined by X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), Synchrotron Infrared Microspectroscopy, X-ray Absorption Near Edge Spectroscopy (XANES), Extended X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (EXAFS), Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS), and Secondary Electron Microscopy/Energy Dispersive Analysis of X-rays (SEM/EDAX) have been developed to refine an existing model for the CCC formed on the AA2024-T3 surface, an Al-Cu aircraft alloy, by considering the composition and structure of the CCC formed on constituent intermetallic compounds (IMCs). The limited corrosion behavior of AA2024-T3 aluminum alloy is generally attributed to the presence of a variety of constituent IMC. These IMC particles are of the order of 1--20 mum which makes their direct analysis exceedingly difficult and has lead to a limited understanding of their surface chemical properties relative to CCC formation. To overcome this limitation, it was necessary to develop for the first time large area samples composed of compositionally homogenous thin films of the various IMCs found on the AA2024-T3 surface, which were galvanically attached to thin films of Al-4.2wt%Cu (representative of the AA2024-T3 matrix). This was performed in a two-step process: Disks of IMC compositions were formed by Reactive Arc Melting (RAM), followed by ultra-fast laser ablation of the RAM IMCs resulting in the formation of homogenous thin films

  2. Soft X-ray appearance potential study of rare earth-manganese compounds

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    Chourasia, A. R.; Deshpande, S. D.

    1999-06-10

    Soft X-ray appearance potential spectroscopy (SXAPS) has been employed to study the changes in the electronic structure of RMn{sub 2} compounds (where R=Pr, Sm, Gd and Dy). In this technique the total x-ray emission associated with the thresholds for the excitation of core levels of the atoms in the surface region of the materials is measured. The SXAPS spectra of the Mn L{sub 2,3} levels in these intermetallics are compared with the corresponding elemental manganese spectrum. The normalized spectra exhibit an increasing trend in the unoccupied density of states at the Fermi level as the atomic number of R increases. This has been interpreted as increasing hybridization between the R 5d and Mn 3d bands. The hybridization is found to influence the magnetic properties of these intermetallics. The core levels are also found to display crystal field splitting that seems to disappear for DyMn{sub 2}. This correlates very well with the disappearance of the Mn magnetic moment at Dy in these intermetallics.

  3. Different Cation Arrangements in Au-In Networks. Syntheses and Structures of Six Intermetallic Compounds in Alkali-Metal-Au-In Systems

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    Bin Li; John D. Corbett

    2007-06-20

    Six robust intermetallic compounds with cations in three different tunnel-like structures have been synthesized in alkali-metal-Au-In systems via high-temperature solid-state methods and characterized by X-ray diffraction: AAu{sub 4}-In{sub 6} [A = K (I), Rb (II), F6m2, Z = 1], K{sub 1.76(6)}Au{sub 6}Ln{sub 4} (III,; 4/mcm, Z = 4), and A{sub x}Au{sub 2}In{sub 2} [x{approx} 0.7, A = K (IV), Rb (V), Cs (VI), P4{sub 2}/nmc, Z = 8]. The first type is constructed from a single cage unit: an alkali-metal-centered 21-vertex polyhedron A@AugIn12 with 6-9-6 arrangement of planar rings. The others contain uniaxial arrays of tunnels built of differently puckered eight- and four-member Au/In rings. The largely different cation distributions depend on the tunnel constitutions and cation sizes. Tight-binding electronic structure calculations by linear muffin-tin-orbital (LMTO) methods were performed for I and idealized III in order to help understand their chemical bonding. These also reveal large differences in relativistic effects for Au d orbitals, as well as for different Au sites in each structure.

  4. Different Cation Arrangements in Au-In Networks. Syntheses and Structures of Six Intermetallic compounds in Alkali-Metal-Au-In Systems

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    Li, Bin; Corbett, John D.

    2007-06-20

    Six robust intermetallic compounds with cations in three different tunnel-like structures have been synthesized in alkali-metal-Au-In systems via high-temperature solid-state methods and characterized by X-ray diffraction: AAu{sub 4}-In{sub 6} [A = K (I), Rb (II), F6m2, Z = 1], K{sub 1.76(6)}Au{sub 6}Ln{sub 4} (III, /4/mcm, Z = 4), and A{sub x}Au{sub 2}In{sub 2} [x {approx} 0.7, A = K (IV), Rb (V), Cs (VI), P4{sub 2}/nmc, Z = 8]. The first type is constructed from a single cage unit: an alkali-metal-centered 21-vertex polyhedron A{at}AugIn{sub 12} with 6-9-6 arrangement of planar rings. The others contain uniaxial arrays of tunnels built of differently puckered eight- and four-member Au/In rings. The largely different cation distributions depend on the tunnel constitutions and cation sizes. Tight-binding electronic structure calculations by linear muffin-tin-orbital (LMTO) methods were performed for I and idealized III in order to help understand their chemical bonding. These also reveal large differences in relativistic effects for Au d orbitals, as well as for different Au sites in each structure.

  5. Hyperfine field at Mn in the intermetallic compound LaMnSi2 measured by PAC using 111Cd nuclear probe

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    Domienikan, C.; Bosch-Santos, B.; Cabrera Pasca, G. A.; Saxena, R. N.; Carbonari, A. W.

    2015-04-01

    Magnetic hyperfine field at Mn site has been measured in the orthorhombic intermetallic compound LaMnSi2 with PAC spectroscopy using radioactive 111In- 111Cd nuclear probe. Samples of LaMnSi2 were prepared by melting pure metallic components in stoichiometric proportion in an arc furnace under argon atmosphere. The samples were sealed in a quartz tube under helium atmosphere, annealed at 1000 °C for 60 h and quenched in water. Samples were analyzed with X-ray diffraction method. 111In was introduced in the samples by thermal diffusion at 1000 °C for 60 h. PAC measurements were carried out with a six BaF2 detector spectrometer at several temperatures between 50 K and 410 K. Results show well defined quadrupole and magnetic interactions at all temperatures. The magnetic hyperfine field (Bhf) measured at 50 K is 7.1(1) T. The temperature dependence of Bhf follows the normal Brillouin-like behavior expected for a simple ferromagnetic ordering. The ferromagnetic transition temperature (Tc) was determined to be 401(1) K.

  6. Growth Behavior of Intermetallic Compounds in Cu/Sn3.0Ag0.5Cu Solder Joints with Different Rates of Cooling

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    Yang, Linmei; Zhang, Z. F.

    2015-01-01

    The growth behavior of intermetallic compounds (IMC) in Cu/Sn3.0Ag0.5Cu solder joints, including the interfacial Cu6Sn5 layer and Ag3Sn, and Cu6Sn5 in the solder, were investigated when different cooling methods—quenched water, cooling in air, and cooling in a furnace after reflow—were used. For the solder joint quenched in water, no obvious Cu6Sn5 or Ag3Sn was detected in the solder, and the thickness of interfacial Cu6Sn5 layer was slightly thinner than that of the joint cooled in air. On the basis of results from scanning electron microscopy and energy-dispersive spectrometry, a mechanism is proposed for growth of IMC in Sn3.0Ag0.5Cu solder during solidification. The rate of cooling has a substantial effect on the morphology and size of Ag3Sn, which evolved into large plate-like shapes when the joint was cooled slowly in a furnace. However, the morphology of Ag3Sn was branch-like or particle-like when the joint was cooled in air. This is attributed to re-growth of Ag3Sn grains via substantial atomic diffusion during the high-temperature stage of furnace cooling.

  7. Perpendicular Growth Characteristics of Cu-Sn Intermetallic Compounds at the Surface of 99Sn-1Cu/Cu Solder Interconnects

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    Chen, Zhiwen; Liu, Changqing; Wu, Yiping; An, Bing

    2015-12-01

    The growth of intermetallic compounds (IMCs) on the free surface of 99Sn-1Cu solder joints perpendicular to the interdiffusion direction has been investigated in this work. The specimens were specifically designed and polished to reveal a flat free surface at the solder/Cu interface for investigation. After aging at 175°C for progressively increased durations, the height of the perpendicular IMCs was examined and found to follow a parabolic law with aging duration that could be expressed as y = 0.11√ t, where t is the aging duration in hours and y is the height of the perpendicular IMCs in μm. For comparison, the planar growth of IMCs along the interdiffusion direction was also investigated in 99Sn-1Cu/Cu solder joints. After prolonged aging at 175°C, the thickness of the planar interfacial IMC layers also increased parabolically with aging duration and could be expressed as h_{{IMC}} = 0.27√ t + 4.6, where h is the thickness in μm and t is the time in hours. It was found that both the planar and perpendicular growth of the IMCs were diffusion-controlled processes, but the perpendicular growth of the IMCs was much slower than their planar growth due to the longer diffusion distance. It is proposed that Cu3Sn forms prior to the formation of Cu6Sn5 in the perpendicular IMCs, being the reverse order compared with the planar IMC growth.

  8. Asymmetrical Precipitation of Ag3Sn Intermetallic Compounds Induced by Thermomigration of Ag in Pb-Free Microbumps During Solid-State Aging

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    Su, Yu-Ping; Wu, Chun-Sen; Ouyang, Fan-Yi

    2016-01-01

    Three-dimensional integrated circuit technology has become a major trend in electronics packaging in the microelectronics industry. To effectively remove heat from stacked integrated circuitry, a temperature gradient must be established across the chips. Furthermore, because of the trend toward higher device current density, Joule heating is more serious and temperature gradients across soldered joints are expected to increase. In this study we used heat-sink and heat-source devices to establish a temperature gradient across SnAg microbumps to investigate the thermomigration behavior of Ag in SnAg solder. Compared with isothermal conditions, small Ag3Sn particles near the hot end were dissolved and redistributed toward the cold end under a temperature gradient. The results indicated that temperature gradient-induced movement of Ag atoms occurred from the hot side toward the cold side, and asymmetrical precipitation of Ag3Sn resulted. The mechanism of growth of the intermetallic compound (IMC) Ag3Sn, caused by thermomigration of Ag, is discussed. The rate of growth Ag3Sn IMC at the cold side was found to increase linearly with solid-aging time under a temperature gradient. To understand the force driving Ag diffusion under the temperature gradient, the molar heat of transport ( Q*) of Ag in Sn was calculated as +13.34 kJ/mole.

  9. Intermetallic compounds LaNi/sub 5/- /SUB x/ Cu /SUB x/ and their hydrides in the sorption of hydrogen and the hydrogenation of olefins

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    Konenko, I.R.; Fedorovskaya, E.A.; Slinkin, A.A.; Starodubtseva, E.V.; Stepanov, Y.P.

    1985-09-01

    This paper studies the sorptive and catalytic properties of the intermetallic compounds (IMC) LaNi /SUB 5-x/ Cu /SUB x/ and also of their hydrides in the hydrogenation of propylene. The existence of an inverse dependence between the bond strength in the IMC-H system and the rate of formation of the alpha-phase of the hydrides was established. It was shown that the observed extremal dependence of the specific catalytic activity of the hydrides on composition is determined by the optimum value of the bond energy of the hydrogen in the IMC matrix. It was found that the rate of hydrogenation of an olefin on IMC hydrides follows a rate equation zero-order in hydrogen and first-order in olefin. In the case of the same IMC, on the contrary, the rate is first-order in H/sub 2/ and zero-order in C/sub 3/H/sub 6/. It is proposed that the sorptive and catalytic properties of the catalysts show the effect of the structure on the surface active center - a cluster.

  10. A tale of two metals: new cerium iron borocarbide intermetallics grown from rare-earth/transition metal eutectic fluxes.

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    Tucker, Patricia C; Nyffeler, Jason; Chen, Banghao; Ozarowski, Andrew; Stillwell, Ryan; Latturner, Susan E

    2012-07-25

    R(33)Fe(14-x)Al(x+y)B(25-y)C(34) (R = La or Ce; x ≤ 0.9; y ≤ 0.2) and R(33)Fe(13-x)Al(x)B(18)C(34) (R = Ce or Pr; x < 0.1) were synthesized from reactions of iron with boron, carbon, and aluminum in R-T eutectic fluxes (T = Fe, Co, or Ni). These phases crystallize in the cubic space group Im3m (a = 14.617(1) Å, Z = 2, R(1) = 0.0155 for Ce(33)Fe(13.1)Al(1.1)B(24.8)C(34), and a = 14.246(8) Å, Z = 2, R(1) = 0.0142 for Ce(33)Fe(13)B(18)C(34)). Their structures can be described as body-centered cubic arrays of large Fe(13) or Fe(14) clusters which are capped by borocarbide chains and surrounded by rare earth cations. The magnetic behavior of the cerium-containing analogs is complicated by the possibility of two valence states for cerium and possible presence of magnetic moments on the iron sites. Temperature-dependent magnetic susceptibility measurements and Mössbauer data show that the boron-centered Fe(14) clusters in Ce(33)Fe(14-x)Al(x+y)B(25-y)C(34) are not magnetic. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy data indicate that the cerium is trivalent at room temperature, but the temperature dependence of the resistivity and the magnetic susceptibility data suggest Ce(3+/4+) valence fluctuation beginning at 120 K. Bond length analysis and XPS studies of Ce(33)Fe(13)B(18)C(34) indicate the cerium in this phase is tetravalent, and the observed magnetic ordering at T(C) = 180 K is due to magnetic moments on the Fe(13) clusters. PMID:22731682

  11. Rare Earth Metal/semiconductor Interfaces and Compounds

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    Nogami, Jun

    Interfaces formed at room temperature by incremental deposition of rare earth metals onto semiconductor substrates have been studied with surface sensitive soft X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The trends in core level lineshape and intensity with increasing metal coverage have been used to deduce an outline of the evolution and the final morphology of the interfacial region on a microscopic scale. Measurements were taken for Ytterbium (Yb) on Silicon (Si), Germanium, and Gallium Arsenide, and for Gadolinium (Gd) and Europium (Eu) on Silicon. The Yb/Si interface work was supported by comparable measurements of bulk Yb silicide samples of known composition and crystal structure. In a general sense, the behavior of all the systems studied is similar. At very low metal coverages, the metal atoms chemisorb and are weakly bonded to the substrate. The 4f core levels indicate that the metal-metal atom coordination is relatively low at this stage. The interaction with the substrate strengthens with increasing coverage, culminating in the formation of a strongly reacted phase at between 1 and 3 monolayers (ML). The strong reaction is limited to a narrow region at room temperature. At less than 10 ML coverage, the surface of the sample is almost indistinguishable from the pure metal. Details of the behavior such as the reactivity at low coverage, the compounds formed at the interface, the morphology at the surface at intermediate coverages, the final interfacial width, and the amount of substrate atom outdiffusion and surface segregation can all vary from system to system. It is in explaining the causes of some of these differences that insight about what governs the behavior of all of these rare earth metal/semiconductor systems has been obtained. The divalent metals (Yb, Eu) are significantly less reactive than trivalent Gd at sub-monolayer coverages. For the divalent metals the formation of a metal-rich phase is strongly favored in the reaction at the interface, whereas

  12. Synthesis and characterization of Fe-Ti-Sb intermetallic compounds: Discovery of a new Slater-Pauling phase

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    Naghibolashrafi, N.; Keshavarz, S.; Hegde, Vinay I.; Gupta, A.; Butler, W. H.; Romero, J.; Munira, K.; LeClair, P.; Mazumdar, D.; Ma, J.; Ghosh, A. W.; Wolverton, C.

    2016-03-01

    Compounds of Fe, Ti, and Sb were prepared using arc melting and vacuum annealing. Fe2TiSb , expected to be a full Heusler compound crystallizing in the L 21 structure, was shown by XRD and SEM analyses to be composed of weakly magnetic grains of nominal composition Fe1.5TiSb with iron-rich precipitates in the grain boundaries. FeTiSb, a composition consistent with the formation of a half-Heusler compound, also decomposed into Fe1.5TiSb grains with Ti-Sb rich precipitates and was weakly magnetic. The dominant Fe1.5TiSb phase appears to crystallize in a defective L 21 -like structure with iron vacancies. Based on this finding, a first-principles DFT-based binary cluster expansion of Fe and vacancies on the Fe sublattice of the L 21 structure was performed. Using the cluster expansion, we computationally scanned >103 configurations and predict a novel, stable, nonmagnetic semiconductor phase to be the zero-temperature ground state. This new structure is an ordered arrangement of Fe and vacancies, belonging to the space group R 3 m , with composition Fe1.5TiSb , i.e., between the full- and half-Heusler compositions. This phase can be visualized as alternate layers of L 21 phase Fe2TiSb and C 1b phase FeTiSb, with layering along the [111] direction of the original cubic phases. Our experimental results on annealed samples support this predicted ground-state composition, but further work is required to confirm that the R 3 m structure is the ground state.

  13. Electronic Properties of MoSi2-Type Hf2X Intermetallic Compounds (X=Pd, Ag, Cd)

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    Yaar, I.; Maytal-Beck, S.; Berant, Z.

    2001-11-01

    The Hf z coordinate and the value of the electric field gradient (efg) main component (V zz ), were calculated for three Hf2X compounds (X = Pd, Ag, Cd) on a first-principle basis, using the full potential linear augmented plane wave (LAPW) method. Exchange and correlation effects were treated either by the local spine density approximation (LSDA) or by the more advanced generalized gradient approximation (GGA). The calculated V zz values, in the Hf site, were in very good agreement with available 181Hf TDPAC experimental results.

  14. The analysis of the magnetic properties in the intermetallic YxGd1-xNi3 compounds

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    Bajorek, Anna; Chrobak, Artur; Chełkowska, Grażyna; Kwiecień-Grudziecka, Marzena

    2012-12-01

    In the paper an influence of Gd/Y substitution on the magnetic properties and exchange interactions of the YxGd1-xNi3 (x=0.0, 0.2, 0.4, 0.6, 0.8, 1.0) polycrystalline compounds have been studied. The partial replacement of Gd by Y atoms is reflected in decreasing of the Curie temperature (TC) as well as decreasing of effective the magnetic moment (μeff). It has been shown that such a behaviour strongly depends on the magnetic interactions. Exchange coupling parameters of R-R (ARR), T-T (ATT) and R-T (ART) have been evaluated from M(T) magnetization curves (2-300 K, 2 T) based on the mean field theory (MFT) calculation. The magnetocaloric effect (MCE) has been estimated from the family of magnetic isotherms. The magnetic entropy indicates relatively small change with the Gd/Y substitution. The value of ΔSm(T,H) is higher for Gd-rich compounds and, respectively, decreases with Gd/Y substitution.

  15. Effect of Ni layer thickness and soldering time on intermetallic compound formation at the interface between molten Sn-3.5Ag and Ni/Cu substrate

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    Choi, W.K.; Lee, H.M.

    1999-11-01

    The binary eutectic Sn-3.5wt.%Ag alloy was soldered on the Ni/Cu plate at 250 C, the thickness of the Ni layer changing from 0 through 2 and 4 {micro}m to infinity, and soldering time changing from 30 to 120 s at intervals of 30 s. The infinite thickness was equivalent to the bare Ni plate. The morphology, composition and phase identification of the intermetallic compound (IMC, hereafter) formed at the interface were examined. Depending on the initial Ni thickness, different IMC phases were observed at 30 s: Cu{sub 6}Sn{sub 5} on bare Cu, detestable NiSn{sub 3} + Ni{sub 3}Sn{sub 4} on Ni(2 {micro}m)/Cu, Ni{sub 3}Sn{sub 4} on Ni(4 {micro}m)/Cu, and Ni{sub 3}Sn + Ni{sub 3}Sn{sub 4} on bare Ni. With increased soldering time, a Cu-Sn-based {eta}-(Cu{sub 6}Sn{sub 5}){sub 1{minus}x}Ni{sub x} phase formed under the pre-formed Ni-Sn IMC layer both at 60s in the Ni(2 {micro}m)/Cu plate and at 90s in the Ni(4 {micro}m)/Cu plate. The two-layer IMC pattern remained thereafter. The wetting behavior of each joint was different and it may have resulted from the type of IMC formed on each plate. The thickness of the protective Ni layer over the Cu plate was found to be an important factor in determining the interfacial reaction and the wetting behavior.

  16. Growth kinetics of Cu6Sn5 intermetallic compound at liquid-solid interfaces in Cu/Sn/Cu interconnects under temperature gradient

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    Zhao, N.; Zhong, Y.; Huang, M. L.; Ma, H. T.; Dong, W.

    2015-08-01

    The growth behavior of intermetallic compounds (IMCs) at the liquid-solid interfaces in Cu/Sn/Cu interconnects during reflow at 250 °C and 280 °C on a hot plate was investigated. Being different from the symmetrical growth during isothermal aging, the interfacial IMCs showed clearly asymmetrical growth during reflow, i.e., the growth of Cu6Sn5 IMC at the cold end was significantly enhanced while that of Cu3Sn IMC was hindered especially at the hot end. It was found that the temperature gradient had caused the mass migration of Cu atoms from the hot end toward the cold end, resulting in sufficient Cu atomic flux for interfacial reaction at the cold end while inadequate Cu atomic flux at the hot end. The growth mechanism was considered as reaction/thermomigration-controlled at the cold end and grain boundary diffusion/thermomigration-controlled at the hot end. A growth model was established to explain the growth kinetics of the Cu6Sn5 IMC at both cold and hot ends. The molar heat of transport of Cu atoms in molten Sn was calculated as + 11.12 kJ/mol at 250 °C and + 14.65 kJ/mol at 280 °C. The corresponding driving force of thermomigration in molten Sn was estimated as 4.82 × 10-19 N and 6.80 × 10-19 N.

  17. Effects of post-reflow cooling rate and thermal aging on growth behavior of interfacial intermetallic compound between SAC305 solder and Cu substrate

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    Hu, Xiaowu; Xu, Tao; Jiang, Xiongxin; Li, Yulong; Liu, Yi; Min, Zhixian

    2016-04-01

    The interfacial reactions between Cu and Sn3Ag0.5Cu (SAC305) solder reflowed under various cooling rates were investigated. It is found that the cooling rate is an important parameter in solder reflow process because it influences not only microstructure of solder alloy but also the morphology and growth of intermetallic compounds (IMCs) formed between solder and Cu substrate. The experimental results indicate that only scallop-like Cu6Sn5 IMC layer is observed between solder and Cu substrate in case of water cooling and air cooling, while bilayer composed of scallop-like Cu6Sn5 and thin layer-like Cu3Sn is detected under furnace cooling due to sufficient reaction time to form Cu3Sn between Cu6Sn5 IMC and Cu substrate which resulted from slow cooling rate. Samples with different reflow cooling rates were further thermal-aged at 423 K. And it is found that the thickness of IMC increases linearly with square root of aging time. The growth constants of interfacial IMC layer during aging were obtained and compared for different cooling rates, indicating that the IMC layer thickness increased faster in samples under low cooling rate than in the high cooling rate under the same aging condition. The long prismatic grains were formed on the existing interfacial Cu6Sn5 grains to extrude deeply into solder matrix with lower cooling rate and long-term aging, and the Cu6Sn5 grains coarsened linearly with cubic root of aging time.

  18. Controlling Interfacial Reactions and Intermetallic Compound Growth at the Interface of a Lead-free Solder Joint with Layer-by-Layer Transferred Graphene.

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    Ko, Yong-Ho; Lee, Jong-Dae; Yoon, Taeshik; Lee, Chang-Woo; Kim, Taek-Soo

    2016-03-01

    The immoderate growth of intermetallic compounds (IMCs) formed at the interface of a solder metal and the substrate during soldering can degrade the mechanical properties and reliability of a solder joint in electronic packaging. Therefore, it is critical to control IMC growth at the solder joints between the solder and the substrate. In this study, we investigated the control of interfacial reactions and IMC growth by the layer-by-layer transfer of graphene during the reflow process at the interface between Sn-3.0Ag-0.5Cu (in wt %) lead-free solder and Cu. As the number of graphene layers transferred onto the surface of the Cu substrate increased, the thickness of the total IMC (Cu6Sn5 and Cu3Sn) layer decreased. After 10 repetitions of the reflow process for 50 s above 217 °C, the melting temperature of Sn-3.0Ag-0.5Cu, with a peak temperature of 250 °C, the increase in thickness of the total IMC layer at the interface with multiple layers of graphene was decreased by more than 20% compared to that at the interface of bare Cu without graphene. Furthermore, the average diameter of the Cu6Sn5 scallops at the interface with multiple layers of graphene was smaller than that at the interface without graphene. Despite 10 repetitions of the reflow process, the growth of Cu3Sn at the interface with multiple layers of graphene was suppressed by more than 20% compared with that at the interface without graphene. The multiple layers of graphene at the interface between the solder metal and the Cu substrate hindered the diffusion of Cu atoms from the Cu substrate and suppressed the reactions between Cu and Sn in the solder. Thus, the multiple layers of graphene transferred at the interface between dissimilar metals can control the interfacial reaction and IMC growth occurring at the joining interface. PMID:26856638

  19. Structural, mechanical, thermo-physical and electronic properties of η‧-(CuNi)6Sn5 intermetallic compounds: First-principle calculations

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    Yang, Jian; Huang, Jihua; Fan, Dongyu; Chen, Shuhai; Zhao, Xingke

    2016-05-01

    First-principle calculations have been performed to investigate the structural, mechanical, thermo-physical and electronic properties of η‧-(CuNi)6Sn5 intermetallic compounds. The results indicated that, the doped Ni atom can not only enhance the stability of the η‧-Cu6Sn5, but also improve the mechanical and thermo-physical properties, which are more dependent on the Ni atom doping number than the doping position. In all the η‧-(CuNi)6Sn5, Cu3Ni3Sn5 (Cu1+Cu3 site) shows the best stability, the most excellent deformation resistance and the highest hardness. The Cu6Sn5, Cu3Ni3Sn5, Cu4Ni2Sn5, Cu1Ni5Sn5 and Ni6Sn5 are ductile while the Cu5Ni1Sn5 and Cu4Ni2Sn5 are brittle. The anisotropies of η‧-(CuNi)6Sn5 are all mainly due to the uneven distribution of Young's modulus at (001) planes, moreover, the anisotropy of Cu1Ni5Sn5 (Cu1+Cu2+Cu4 site) is the strongest while that of Ni6Sn5 is the weakest. The calculated Debye temperature and heat capacity showed that Cu4Ni2Sn5 (Cu2 site) possesses the best thermal conductivity (ΘD = 356.9 K) and Cu2Ni4Sn5 (Cu1+Cu2 site) possesses the largest heat capacity. From the electronic property analysis results, the Ni s and Ni p states can replace the Cu s and Cu p states to hybridize with Sn s states at -7.98 eV. Moreover, with the increasing number of the doped Ni atom, the hybridization between Cu d states at different positions is receded, while that between Ni d states is enhanced gradually.

  20. The effect of intermetallic compound evolution on the fracture behavior of Au stud bumps joined with Sn-3.5Ag solder

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    Lee, Young-Kyu; Ko, Yong-Ho; Kim, Jun-Ki; Lee, Chang-Woo; Yoo, Sehoon

    2013-01-01

    The microstructure and joint properties of Au stud bumps joined with Sn-3.5Ag solder were investigated as functions of flip chip bonding temperature and aging time. Au stud bumps were bonded on solder-onpad (SOP) at bonding temperature of 260°C and 300°C for 10 s, respectively. Aging treatment was carried out at 150°C for 100 h, 300 h, and 500 h, respectively. After flip chip bonding, intermetallic compounds (IMCs) of AuSn, AuSn2, and AuSn4 were formed at the interface between the Au stud bump and Sn-3.5Ag solder. At a bonding temperature of 300°C, AuSn2 IMC clusters, which were surrounded by AuSn4 IMCs, were observed in the Sn-3.5Ag solder bump. After flip chip bonding, bonding strength was approximately 220.5mN/bump. As aging time increased, the bonding strength decreased. After 100 h of aging treatment, the bonding strength of the joint bonded at 300°C was lower than that bonded at 260°C due to the fast growth rate of the AuSn2 IMCs. The main failure modes were interface fractures between the AuSn2 IMCs and AuSn4 IMCs, fractures through the AuSn2 IMCs and pad lift. Initial joint microstructures after flip chip bonding strongly affected the bonding strengths of aged samples.

  1. e/a determination for 4d- and 5d-transition metal elements and their intermetallic compounds with Mg, Al, Zn, Cd and In

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    Mizutani, U.; Sato, H.; Inukai, M.; Zijlstra, E. S.

    2013-08-01

    The present work is devoted to the determination of the effective electrons per atom ratio e/a by means of first-principles full-potential linearized augmented plane wave-Fourier method for elements from Rb to Ag in Period 5 and from Cs to Au in Period 6 of the periodic table and is regarded as a continuation of the preceding work done for elements from K to Cu in Period 4. The value of e/a was determined by reading off the square of the Fermi diameter, ? from the dispersion relation for electrons outside the Muffin-Tin spheres. A straightforward reading of the ordinate at the Fermi level, i.e. local reading method was validated for Rb and Cs in Group 1, Sr in Group 2, Y in Group 3, Pd and Pt in Group 10 and Ag and Au in Group 11. Instead, the nearly free electron (NFE) method was found to be indispensable for TM elements from Zr to Rh in Period 5 and those from Ba to Ir in Period 6. The composition dependence of e/a values for intermetallic compounds in X-TM (X = Mg, Al, Zn, Cd and In) alloy systems was also studied. The new Hume-Rothery electron concentration rule was established by constructing e/uc, the number of electrons per unit cell, vs. square of critical reciprocal lattice vector, ? , diagram for structurally complex metallic alloys having a pseudogap at the Fermi level. A proper use of either the local reading- or the NFE-e/a for the elements as indicated above is found to be essential.

  2. NFE approximation for the e/a determination for 3d-transition metal elements and their intermetallic compounds with Al and Zn

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    Sato, H.; Inukai, M.; Zijlstra, E. S.; Mizutani, U.

    2013-08-01

    First-principles full-potential linearized augmented plane wave (FLAPW) band calculations with subsequent FLAPW-Fourier analyses have been performed for elements from K to Cu in period 4 of the periodic table to determine the effective electrons per atom ratio (e/a). For the series of 3d-transition metals (TM), the determination of the square of the Fermi diameter ? , from which e/a is derived, has been recognized not to be straightforward because of the presence of a huge anomaly associated with the TM-d states across the Fermi level in the energy dispersion relation for electrons outside the muffin-tin sphere. The nearly free electron (NFE) approximation is newly devised to circumvent this difficulty. The centre of gravity energy ? is calculated from the energy distribution of the square of the Fourier coefficients for the FLAPW state ? . The NFE dispersion relation is constructed for the set of ? and ? in combination with the tetrahedron method. The resulting e/a values are distributed over positive numbers in the vicinity of unity for elements from Ti to Co. Instead, the e/a values for the early elements K, Ca and Sc and the late TM elements Ni and Cu were determined to be close to one, two, three, 0.50 and unity, respectively, using our previously designed local reading method. In addition, the composition dependence of e/a values for intermetallic compounds in X-TM (X = Al and Zn) alloy systems was studied to justify an appropriate choice between the local reading and NFE methods for respective elements.

  3. The magnetic behavior of the intermetallic compound NdMn{sub 2}Ge{sub 2} studied by magnetization and hyperfine interactions measurements

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    Bosch-Santos, B. Carbonari, A. W.; Cabrera-Pasca, G. A.; Saxena, R. N.; Freitas, R. S.

    2015-05-07

    The magnetic behavior of the intermetallic compound NdMn{sub 2}Ge{sub 2} was investigated by bulk magnetization measurements and measurements of hyperfine interactions using perturbed γ–γ angular correlation (PAC) spectroscopy. Magnetization measurements indicate the presence of four magnetic transitions associated with the Mn and Nd magnetic sublattices. At high temperatures, magnetic measurements show a change in the slope of the magnetization due to an antiferromagnetic transition around T{sub N} ∼ 425 K and a well defined ferromagnetic transition at T{sub C} ∼ 320 K. Moreover, at ∼210 K a peak is observed in the magnetization curve, which is assigned to the reorientation of the Mn spin, and at ∼25 K an increase in the magnetic moment is also observed, which is ascribed to the ordering of Nd ions. PAC measurements using {sup 140}La({sup 140}Ce) and {sup 111}In({sup 111}Cd) probe nuclei allowed the determination of the temperature dependence of the magnetic hyperfine field (B{sub hf}) at Nd and Mn sites, respectively. PAC results with {sup 111}Cd probe nuclei at Mn sites show that the dependence of B{sub hf} with temperature follows the expected behavior for the host magnetization associated with the magnetic ordering of Mn ions. From these results, the antiferromagnetic transition followed by a ferromagnetic ordering is clearly observed. PAC results with {sup 140}Ce probe nuclei at Nd sites, however, showed a strong deviation from the Brillouin function, which is attributed to the Ce 4f-electron contribution to B{sub hf}.

  4. Growth kinetics of Cu6Sn5 intermetallic compound at liquid-solid interfaces in Cu/Sn/Cu interconnects under temperature gradient

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    Zhao, N.; Zhong, Y.; Huang, M.L.; Ma, H.T.; Dong, W.

    2015-01-01

    The growth behavior of intermetallic compounds (IMCs) at the liquid-solid interfaces in Cu/Sn/Cu interconnects during reflow at 250 °C and 280 °C on a hot plate was investigated. Being different from the symmetrical growth during isothermal aging, the interfacial IMCs showed clearly asymmetrical growth during reflow, i.e., the growth of Cu6Sn5 IMC at the cold end was significantly enhanced while that of Cu3Sn IMC was hindered especially at the hot end. It was found that the temperature gradient had caused the mass migration of Cu atoms from the hot end toward the cold end, resulting in sufficient Cu atomic flux for interfacial reaction at the cold end while inadequate Cu atomic flux at the hot end. The growth mechanism was considered as reaction/thermomigration-controlled at the cold end and grain boundary diffusion/thermomigration-controlled at the hot end. A growth model was established to explain the growth kinetics of the Cu6Sn5 IMC at both cold and hot ends. The molar heat of transport of Cu atoms in molten Sn was calculated as + 11.12 kJ/mol at 250 °C and + 14.65 kJ/mol at 280 °C. The corresponding driving force of thermomigration in molten Sn was estimated as 4.82 × 10−19 N and 6.80 × 10−19 N. PMID:26311323

  5. FORMATION OF INTERMETALLIC COMPOUND DISPERSIONS

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    Bryner, J.S.

    1959-12-01

    BS>A method is presented for preparing dispersions containing thorium bismuthide in equiaxed form and having an average particle size of about 30 microns. Thorium particles having one dimension not greater than 0.015 in. are immersed in liquid bismuth at a temperature between 500 and 600 deg C, the quantity of thorium being in excess of its solubility in the bismuth.

  6. Magnetoresistance in magnetic and nonmagnetic rare earth compounds

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    Gratz, E.; Maikis, M.; Bauer, E.; Nowotny, H.

    1995-02-01

    The temperature dependence of the magnetoresistance Δρ/ ρ of selected magnetic and nonmagnetic RE compounds in fields up to 10 T has been measured. The discussion of the positive magnetoresistance is based on Kohler's rule. It was found that deviations from Kohler's rule at low temperatures depend on the magnitude of the individual residual resistivity. Ferromagnetic compounds exhibit negative values and a minimum in the vicinity of the Curie temperature in accordance to a model calculation of Yamada and Takada. The positive Δρ/ ρ contribution in the low temperature region, observed in all magnetic compounds, is due to the dominating classical magnetoresistance in this temperature range.

  7. SEPARATION OF TRANSURANIC ELEMENTS FROM RARE EARTH COMPOUNDS

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    Kohman, T.P.

    1961-11-21

    A process of separating neptunium and plutonium values from rare earths and alkaline earth fission products present on a solid mixed actinide carrier (Th or U(IV) oxalate or fluoride) --fission product carrier (LaF/sub 3/, CeF/sub 3/, SrF/sub 2/, CaF/sub 2/, YF/sub 3/, La oxalate, cerous oxalate, Sr oxalate, Ca oxalate or Y oxalate) by extraction of the actinides at elevated temperature with a solution of ammonium fluoride and/or ammonium oxalate is described. Separation of the fission-product-containing carriers from the actinide solution formed and precipitation of the neptunium and plutonium from the solution with mineral acid are also accomplished. (AEC)

  8. Reaction synthesis of intermetallics

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    Deevi, S.C.; Sikka, V.K.

    1994-12-31

    Exothermicity associated with the synthesis of aluminides was utilized to obtain nickel, iron, and cobalt aluminides. Combustion synthesis, extrusion, and hot pressing were utilized to obtain intermetallics and their composites. Extrusion conditions, reduction ratios, and hot-pressing conditions of the intermetallics and their composites are discussed.

  9. The composition of the primitive atmosphere and the synthesis of organic compounds on the early Earth

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    Bada, J. L.; Miller, S. L.

    1985-01-01

    The generally accepted theory for the origin of life on the Earth requires that a large variety of organic compounds be present to form the first living organisms and to provide the energy sources for primitive life either directly or through various fermentation reactions. This can provide a strong constraint on discussions of the formation of the Earth and on the composition of the primitive atmosphere. In order for substantial amounts of organic compounds to have been present on the prebiological Earth, certain conditions must have existed. There is a large body of literature on the prebiotic synthesis of organic compounds in various postulated atmospheres. In this mixture of abiotically synthesized organic compounds, the amino acids are of special interest since they are utilized by modern organisms to synthesize structural materials and a large array of catalytic peptides.

  10. Superconductivity in RNi 2B 2C (R = rare earth) compounds

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    Tomy, C. V.; Chang, L. J.; Balakrishnan, G.; Paul, D. M. c.K.

    1994-12-01

    A series of compounds in the recently discovered RNi 2B 2C family of superconductors have been prepared in order to investigate their magnetic and transport properties. Compounds of the form (Y 1-xA x)Ni 2B 2C (A=Sm,Dy) were examined to study the effects of magnetic pair breaking. Resistance measurements show that the lighter rare earth Sm depresses T c faster than the heavier rare earth Dy. Solid solutions of the type (Er 1-xHo x)Ni 2B 2C have also been studied for the possible coexistence of superconductivity and magnetism in these compounds. Even though the magnetic ordering of the rare earth moments can be deduced from our susceptibility measurements, resistance measurements showed no reetrant behavior in any of these compounds down to 1.2 K.

  11. Electromigration enhanced kinetics of copper-tin intermetallic compounds in lead-free solder joints and copper low-k dual damascene processing using step and flash imprint lithography

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    Chao, Huang-Lin

    This dissertation constitutes two major sections. In the first major section, a kinetic analysis was established to investigate the electromigration (EM), enhanced intermetallic compound (IMC) growth and void formation for Sn-based Pb-free solder joints to Cu under bump metallization (UBM). The model takes into account the interfacial intermetallic reaction, Cu-Sn interdiffusion, and current stressing. A new approach was developed to derive atomic diffusivities and effective charge numbers based on Simulated Annealing (SA) in conjunction with the kinetic model. The finite difference (FD) kinetic model based on this approach accurately predicted the intermetallic compound growth when compared to empirical observation. The ultimate electromigration failure of the solder joints was caused by extensive void formation at the intermetallic interface. The void formation mechanism was analyzed by modeling the vacancy transport under electromigration. The effects of current density and Cu diffusivity in Sn solder were also investigated with the kinetic model. The second major section describes the integration of Step and Flash Imprint Lithography (S-FILRTM) into an industry standard Cu/low-k dual damascene process. The yield on a Back End Of the Line (BEOL) test vehicle that contains standard test structures such as via chains with 120 nm vias was established by electrical tests. S-FIL shows promise as a cost effective solution to patterning sub 45 nm features and is capable of simultaneously patterning two levels of interconnect structures, which provides a low cost BEOL process. The critical processing step in the integration is the reactive ion etching (RIE) process that transfers the multilevel patterns to the inter-level dielectrics (ILD). An in-situ, multistep etch process was developed that gives excellent pattern structures in two industry standard Chemical Vapor Deposited (CVD) low-k dielectrics. The etch process showed excellent pattern fidelity and a wide process

  12. One-dimensional rare earth compounds and complexes: preparation and improved photoluminescence properties.

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    Song, Hongwei; Pan, Guohui; Bai, Xue; Li, Suwen; Yu, Hongquan; Zhang, Hui

    2008-03-01

    One-dimensional nanosized phosphors demonstrate special structural and photoluminescence properties, which have application potential in some optical fields. In this article, we present our recent progress on preparation and luminescence properties of some one-dimensional rare earth compounds and complexes, the core-shell oxide nanowires prepared by a two-step hydrothermal route, the nanowires of some inorganic compounds doped with rare earths and rare earth complexes/PVP composites prepared by the electrospinning method, and the rare earth complexes in the SBA-15 mesoporous molecule sieves. In these systems, some novel or improved photoluminescence properties are observed such as improved luminescence quantum yield, thermal stability and/or photostability, and depressed thermal effect in upconversion luminescence. PMID:18468146

  13. Chemistry and Properties of Complex Intermetallics from Metallic Fluxes

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    Kanatzidis, Mercouri G.

    2015-03-28

    This project investigated the reaction chemistry and synthesis of new intermetallic materials with complex compositions and structures using metallic fluxes as solvents. It was found that the metallic fluxes offer several key advantages in facilitating the formation and crystal growth of new materials. The fluxes mostly explored were liquid aluminum, gallium and indium. The main purpose of this project was to exploit the potential of metallic fluxes as high temperature solvent for materials discovery in the broad class of intermetallics. This work opened new paths to compound formation. We discovered many new Si (or Ge)-based compounds with novel structures, bonding and physicochemical properties. We created new insights about the reaction chemistry that is responsible for stabilizing the new materials. We also studied the structural and compositional relationships to understand their properties. We investigated the use of Group-13 metals Al, Ga and In as solvents and have generated a wide variety of new results including several new ternary and quaternary materials with fascinating structures and properties as well as new insights as to how these systems are stabilized in the fluxes. The project focused on reactions of metals from the rare earth element family in combination with transition metals with Si and Ge. For example molten gallium has serves both as a reactive and non-reactive solvent in the preparation and crystallization of intermetallics in the system RE/M/Ga/Ge(Si). Molten indium behaves similarly in that it too is an excellent reaction medium, but it gives compounds that are different from those obtained from gallium. Some of the new phase identified in the aluminide class are complex phases and may be present in many advanced Al-matrix alloys. Such phases play a key role in determining (either beneficially or detrimentally) the mechanical properties of advanced Al-matrix alloys. This project enhanced our basic knowledge of the solid state chemistry

  14. The effect of pH on the corrosion behavior of intermetallic compounds Ni{sub 3}(Si,Ti) and Ni{sub 3}(Si,Ti) + 2Mo in sodium chloride solutions

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    Priyotomo, Gadang Nuraini, Lutviasari; Kaneno, Yasuyuki

    2015-12-29

    The corrosion behavior of the intermetallic compounds, Ni{sub 3}(Si,Ti) (L1{sub 2}: single phase) and Ni{sub 3}(Si,Ti) + 2Mo (L1{sub 2} and (L12 + Ni{sub ss}) mixture region), has been investigated using an immersion test, electrochemical method and surface analytical method (SEM; scanning electron microscope and EDAX: Energy Dispersive X-ray) in 0.5 kmol/m{sup 3} NaCl solutions at various pH. The corrosion behavior of nickel alloy C-276 was studied under the same experimental conditions as a reference. It was found that the uniform attack was observed on Ni{sub 3}(Si,Ti) for the immersion test at lower pH, while the pitting attack was observed on this compound for this test at neutral solution. Furthermore, Ni{sub 3}(Si,Ti)+2Mo had the preferential dissolution of L1{sub 2} compared to (L1{sub 2} + Ni{sub ss}) mixture region at lower pH, while pitting attack occurred in (L1{sub 2} + Ni{sub ss}) mixture region at neutral solution. For both intermetallic compounds, the magnitude of pitting and uniform attack decrease with increasing pH of solutions. From the immersion test and polarization curves, the corrosion resistance of Ni{sub 3}(Si,Ti)+2Mo is lower than that of Ni{sub 3}(Si,Ti), while the nickel alloy C-276 is the highest one at various pH of solutions. On the other hand, in the lower pH of solutions, the corrosion resistance of tested materials decreased significantly compared to those in neutral and higher pH of solutions.

  15. Comment on: Ab initio calculations of B2 type RHg (R = Ce,Pr,Eu and Gd) intermetallic compounds. Eur. Phys. J. B 87, 268 (2014), DOI: 10.1140/epjb/e2014-50521-6

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    Daoud, Salah

    2016-02-01

    In a recent article by Devi et al. [Eur. Phys. J. B 87, 268 (2014)], the structural, electronic, elastic and some thermal properties of B2 type RHg (R = Ce, Pr, Eu and Gd) intermetallic compounds have been studied by ab initio calculations. After the study of their article I found that there are some mistakes in predicted crystal density, longitudinal, transverse and average elastic wave velocities, and Debye temperature data. The crystal density has been found multiplied per 4. Also the longitudinal, transverse and average elastic wave velocities and Debye temperature are different from my reexamined values (all results represented by Devi et al. have been found divided per 2). Although these small mistakes do not influence their conclusion, it is better to correct them. In the present work, I reexamined all data again by using the right formulas, based on the lattice parameters and the elastic constants obtained in the work of Devi et al.

  16. Discontinuous coarsening behavior of Ni(2)MnAl intermetallic compound during isothermal aging treatment of Fe-Mn-Ni-Al alloys.

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    Heo, Yoon-Uk; Takeguchi, Masaki; Furuya, Kazuo; Lee, Hu-Chul

    2010-08-01

    The discontinuous reaction of the Ni(2)MnAl intermetallic phase was investigated during the aging of a solution-treated Fe-8.3Mn-8.2Ni-4.2Al alloy. During aging, Ni(2)MnAl lamellae formed at the prior austenite grain boundaries and twin boundaries and grew into the neighboring grains. The presence of continuously precipitated fine Ni(2)MnAl particles before the growth of the discontinuously precipitated lamellae was confirmed by dark-field transmission electron microscopy, and it was concluded that the present reaction is a type of discontinuous coarsening process, alpha' + Ni(2)MnAl (continuous precipitation) --> alpha + Ni(2)MnAl (discontinuous coarsening). The chemical driving force and the reduction of the total coherent strain energy were suggested to be the driving force for the discontinuous coarsening reaction. PMID:20551447

  17. Fermi surface and magnetic structure of rare-earth-Ga3 compounds

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    Biasini, Maurizio; Kontrym-Sznajd, Grazyna; Ferro, Gianclaudio; Czopnik, Andrzej

    2002-03-01

    The measurement of the 2-dimensional angular correlation of the positron annihilation radiation (2D-ACAR), providing a 2D projection of the two-photon electron-positron momentum density, ρ(p), is a powerful tool to investigate the electronic structure of intermetallic compounds. Utilising tomographic reconstruction techniques (G Kontrym-Sznajd et al Mat. Scie. Forum 255-257) 754 (1997) and references therein., the experiment has the unique ability to sample the Brillouin Zone of truly 3-dimensional systems in a cartesian mesh, thus determining their Fermi surface (FS). Our studies have addressed the commensurate and incommensurate antiferromagnetic structures of TmGa3 and ErGa_3, respectively. For both compounds the FSs resulting from the 2D-ACAR experiments are in fair agreement with de Haas van Alphen measurements and with band structure calculations which constrain the 4f electrons to retain a local atomic character (M Biasini at al Phys. Rev. Lett 86), 4616, (2001).. Nevertheless, we discover different nesting features along the [110] directions which can account for the magnetic structures of the two compounds. Moreover, we propose methods to estimate the density of states at the Fermi energy (E_F) and the electronic contribution to the specific heat, γ. We obtain N(E_F)=17 states/ (Ryd cell), γ=2.8 (mJ/mole K^2) and N(E_F)=16 states/ (Ryd cell), γ=2.7 (mJ/mole K^2) for TmGa3 and ErGa_3, respectively.

  18. Carbonaceous meteorites as a source of sugar-related organic compounds for the early Earth

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    Cooper, G.; Kimmich, N.; Belisle, W.; Sarinana, J.; Brabham, K.; Garrel, L.

    2001-01-01

    The much-studied Murchison meteorite is generally used as the standard reference for organic compounds in extraterrestrial material. Amino acids and other organic compounds important in contemporary biochemistry are thought to have been delivered to the early Earth by asteroids and comets, where they may have played a role in the origin of life. Polyhydroxylated compounds (polyols) such as sugars, sugar alcohols and sugar acids are vital to all known lifeforms-they are components of nucleic acids (RNA, DNA), cell membranes and also act as energy sources. But there has hitherto been no conclusive evidence for the existence of polyols in meteorites, leaving a gap in our understanding of the origins of biologically important organic compounds on Earth. Here we report that a variety of polyols are present in, and indigenous to, the Murchison and Murray meteorites in amounts comparable to amino acids. Analyses of water extracts indicate that extraterrestrial processes including photolysis and formaldehyde chemistry could account for the observed compounds. We conclude from this that polyols were present on the early Earth and therefore at least available for incorporation into the first forms of life.

  19. Metal Based Synthetic Strategies and the Examination of Structure Determining Factors in Alkaline Earth Metal Compounds

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    Takahashi, Yuriko

    Last decades have witnessed a large expansion of the organometallic heavier alkaline earth metal species. However, continued growth of this promising area of chemistry has been slowed by severe restrictions and limitations in viable synthetic methodologies leading to difficulties in preparing and characterizing the target compounds. There is clearly a need for the further development of synthetic methodologies and detailed structure function analysis that will promote the further advancement of organoalkaline earth metal chemistry in applications as diverse as materials chemistry and catalysis. This thesis work greatly extends the synthetic options currently available towards organoalkaline earth metal species by introducing redox transmetallation protolysis (RTP), a reaction based on the readily available Ph3Bi as a non-toxic transmetallation agent. Based on a straightforward one-pot procedure and work-up, Ph3Bi based RTP presents a powerful synthetic alternative for the facile preparation of a large variety of heavy alkaline earth metal compounds. The second part of the thesis explores the effect of secondary non covalent interactions on the coordination chemistry as well as thermal properties of a series of novel alkali, alkaline earth, rare earth as well as heterobimetallic alkali/alkaline earth fluoroalkoxides. These compounds showcase the significance of non-covalent M···F-C and agostic interactions on metal stabilization and structural features, providing critical input on ligand design for the design of advanced metal organic vapor deposition (MOCVD) precursor materials. This work also showcases the impact of M···F-C interactions over M---co-ligand coordination, a critical precursor design element as well.

  20. Magnesium silicide intermetallic alloys

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    Li, Gh.; Gill, H. S.; Varin, R. A.

    1993-11-01

    Methods of induction melting an ultra-low-density magnesium silicide (Mg2Si) intermetallic and its alloys and the resulting microstructure and microhardness were studied. The highest quality ingots of Mg2Si alloys were obtained by triple melting in a graphite crucible coated with boron nitride to eliminate reactivity, under overpressure of high-purity argon (1.3 X 105 Pa), at a temperature close to but not exceeding 1105 °C ± 5 °C to avoid excessive evaporation of Mg. After establishing the proper induction-melting conditions, the Mg-Si binary alloys and several Mg2Si alloys macroalloyed with 1 at. pct of Al, Ni, Co, Cu, Ag, Zn, Mn, Cr, and Fe were induction melted and, after solidification, investigated by optical microscopy and quantitative X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). Both the Mg-rich and Si-rich eutectic in the binary alloys exhibited a small but systematic increase in the Si content as the overall composition of the binary alloy moved closer toward the Mg2Si line compound. The Vickers microhardness (VHN) of the as-solidified Mg-rich and Si-rich eutectics in the Mg-Si binary alloys decreased with increasing Mg (decreasing Si) content in the eutectic. This behavior persisted even after annealing for 75 hours at 0.89 pct of the respective eutectic temperature. The Mg-rich eutectic in the Mg2Si + Al, Ni, Co, Cu, Ag, and Zn alloys contained sections exhibiting a different optical contrast and chemical composition than the rest of the eutectic. Some particles dispersed in the Mg2Si matrix were found in the Mg2Si + Cr, Mn, and Fe alloys. The EDS results are presented and discussed and compared with the VHN data.

  1. A magnetization study of RCo 12B 6 intermetallics

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    Mittag, M.; Rosenberg, M.; Buschow, K. H. J.

    1989-11-01

    The magnetic properties of polycrystalline intermetallics RCo 12B 6 with R = Y, La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er and Tm have been studied in the temperature range 3-300 K and in fields up to 2 T. All compounds order magnetically between Tc=134.3 K for CeCo 12B 6 and Tc=162 K for GdCo 12B 6. YCo 12B 6 has an average Co moment of 0.42μ B. Since the Co moment is constant for all samples the R moments can be easily obtained and they are in good agreement with free R 3+ ion values. Ce is quadripositive in CeCo 12B 6 and therefore nonmagnetic. All light rare-earth compounds are ferromagnetic, while all heavy rare-earth compounds are ferrimagnetic with compensation points between Tcomp=11.6 K ( TmCo12B6) and Tcomp=82.8 K ( TbCo12B6). In the paramagnetic state an effective magnetic moment of 1.94μ B per Co atom has been found. The mean-field approximation yields a 3d-3d exchange integral of {J CoCo}/{k B}=110 K . The 3d-4f exchange integral is much smaller and equal to about {J RCo}/{k B}=6 K .

  2. Effects of Annealing, Thermomigration, and Electromigration on the Intermetallic Compounds Growth Kinetics of Cu/Sn-2.5Ag Microbump.

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    Kim, Seung-Hyun; Park, Gyu-Tae; Park, Jong-Jin; Park, Young-Bae

    2015-11-01

    The effects of annealing, thermomigration (TM), and electromigration (EM) on the intermetallic com- pound (IMC) growth kinetics of Cu/Sn-2.5Ag microbumps were investigated using in-situ scanning electron microscopy at 120-165 degrees C with a current density of 1.5 x 10(5) A/cm2. The IMC growth kinetics was controlled by a diffusion-dominant mechanism and a chemical-reaction-dominant mechanism with annealing and current-stressing conditions, respectively. Before all of the Sn was fully transformed into IMCs, the activation energies of the Cu3Sn IMCs were 0.54 eV, 0.50 eV, and 0.40 eV for annealing, TM, and EM, respectively, which is closely related to the acceleration effect of the interfacial reaction by electron wind force under current stressing. After all of the Sn was fully transformed into IMCs by reacting with Cu, the Cu3Sn IMC growth rates of the three structures became similar due to the reduced and similar diffusion rates inside the IMCs with and without current stressing. PMID:26726558

  3. Comets and the formation of biochemical compounds on the primitive earth - A review

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    Oro, J.; Mills, T.; Lazcano, A.

    1992-01-01

    Thirty years ago it was suggested that comets impacting on the primitive earth may have represented a significant source of terrestrial volatiles, including some important precursors for prebiotic synthesis (Oro, 1961). This possibility is strongly supported not only by models of the collisional history of the early earth, but also by astronomical evidence that suggests that frequent collisions of cometlike bodies from the circumstellar disk around the star Beta Pictoris are taking place. Although a significant fraction of the complex organic compounds that appear to be present in cometary nuclei were probably destroyed during impact, it is argued that cometary collisions with the primitive earth represented an important source of both free-energy and volatiles, and may have created transient, gaseous environments in which prebiotic synthesis may have taken place.

  4. Method for preparing high cure temperature rare earth iron compound magnetic material

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    Huang, Yuhong; Wei, Qiang; Zheng, Haixing

    2002-01-01

    Insertion of light elements such as H,C, or N in the R.sub.2 Fe.sub.17 (R=rare earth metal) series has been found to modify the magnetic properties of these compounds, which thus become prospective candidates for high performance permanent magnets. The most spectacular changes are increases of the Curie temperature, T.sub.c, of the magnetization, M.sub.s, and of coercivity, H.sub.c, upon interstitial insertion. A preliminary product having a component R--Fe--C,N phase is produced by a chemical route. Rare earth metal and iron amides are synthesized followed by pyrolysis and sintering in an inert or reduced atmosphere, as a result of which, the R--Fe--C,N phases are formed. Fabrication of sintered rare earth iron nitride and carbonitride bulk magnet is impossible via conventional process due to the limitation of nitridation method.

  5. Origin of organic compounds on the primitive earth and in meteorites

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    Miller, S. L.; Urey, H. C.; Oro, J.

    1976-01-01

    The paper examines the role and relative contributions of different forms of energy to the synthesis of amino acids and other organic compounds on the primitive earth and in the solar nebula. Attention is directed mainly to the activation steps and formation of reactive intermediate compounds. Electric discharges appear to be not only the most efficient energy for amino acid synthesis but also yield a mixture of amino acids that is qualitatively and quantitatively the same as that found in the Murchison carbonaceous chondrite. Ultraviolet light is likely to have played a major role in prebiotic synthesis. The reaction of CO plus H2 plus NH3 on the surface of a Fischer-Tropsch catalyst produces reactive intermediates which lead to amino acids and other organic compounds in a much less efficient way than electric discharges.

  6. X-ray diffraction study of the phase purity, order, and texture of ductile B2 intermetallics

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    Mulay, Rupalee; Wollmershauser, J.A. A.; Heisel, M A; Bei, Hongbin; Russell, A M; Agnew, S R

    2010-01-01

    Representatives (AgY, CuY, AgEr, CuDy, MgY and MgCe) of the newly discovered family of ductile stoichiometric B2 intermetallic (metal-rare-earth element, MR) compounds were characterized by X-ray diffraction, to determine if their anomalous ductility is related to an exceptional level of phase purity, lack of chemical ordering or a strong crystallographic texture. Brittle NiAl served as an anti-type in this study. We found that all of the rare-earth compounds, except MgY, have a significant volume fraction (-5-20vol.%) of second phases (M{sub 2}R intermetallics and R{sub 2}O{sub 3} oxides), which has not been reported in previous studies of these materials. The most ductile of observed MR compounds, AgY, is highly ordered. A moderate texture was observed in AgY, which may explain its higher ductility (using polycrystal modeling) as compared to other MR compounds. However, the intrinsic polycrystalline ductility of these compounds in the randomly textured state (like that observed in CuY) still has no specific, definitive explanation.

  7. Synchrotron Diffraction Studies of Spontaneous Magnetostriction in Rare Earth Transition Metal Compounds

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    Ning Yang

    2004-12-19

    Thermal expansion anomalies of R{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}B and R{sub 2}Fe{sub 17}C{sub x} (x = 0,2) (R = Y, Nd, Gd, Tb, Er) stoichiometric compounds are studied with high-energy synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction using Debye-Schemer geometry in temperature range 10K to 1000K. Large spontaneous magnetostriction up to their Curie temperatures (T{sub c}) is observed. The a-axes show relatively larger invar effects than c-axes in the R{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}B compounds whereas the R{sub 2}Fe{sub 17}C{sub x} show the contrary anisotropies. The iron sub-lattice is shown to dominate the spontaneous magnetostriction of the compounds. The contribution of the rare earth sublattice is roughly proportional to the spin magnetic moment of the rare earth in the R{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}B compounds but in R{sub 2}Fe{sub 17}C{sub x}, the rare earth sub-lattice contribution appears more likely to be dominated by the local bonding. The calculation of spontaneous magnetostrain of bonds shows that the bonds associated with Fe(j2) sites in R{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}B and the dumbbell sites in R{sub 2}Fe{sub 17}C{sub x} have larger values, which is strongly related to their largest magnetic moment and Wigner-Seitz atomic cell volume. The roles of the carbon atoms in increasing the Curie temperatures of the R{sub 2}Fe{sub 17} compounds are attributed to the increased separation of Fe hexagons. The R{sub 2}Fe{sub 17} and R{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}B phases with magnetic rare earth ions also show anisotropies of thermal expansion above T{sub c}. For R{sub 2}Fe{sub 17} and R{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}B the a{sub a}/a{sub c} > 1 whereas the anisotropy is reversed with the interstitial carbon in R{sub 2}Fe{sub 17}. The average bond magnetostrain is shown to be a possible predictor of the magnetic moment of Fe sites in the compounds. Both of the theoretical and phenomenological models on spontaneous magnetostriction are discussed and a Landau model on the spontaneous magnetostriction is proposed.

  8. High temperature rare earth compounds: Synthesis, characterization and applications in device fabrication

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    Brewer, Joseph Reese

    As the area of nanotechnology continues to grow, the development of new nanomaterials with interesting physical and electronic properties and improved characterization techniques are several areas of research that will be remain vital for continued improvement of devices and the understanding in nanoscale phenomenon. In this dissertation, the chemical vapor deposition synthesis of rare earth (RE) compounds is described in detail. In general, the procedure involves the vaporization of a REClx (RE = Y, La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho) in the presence of hydride phase precursors such as decaborane and ammonia at high temperatures and low pressures. Unlike traditional single source precursor techniques such as metal-organic chemical vapor deposition, the materials produced are of extremely high chemical purity. The crystallographic orientation of as-synthesized rare earth hexaboride nanostructures and gadolinium nitride thin films was controlled by judicious choice of specific growth substrates and modeled by analyzing x-ray diffraction powder patterns and crystallographic models. The vapor-liquid-solid mechanism was used in combination with the chemical vapor deposition process to synthesize single crystalline rare earth hexaboride nanostructures. Unlike previously reported synthetic techniques to generate rare earth hexaborides, my synthesis provided control over the tip diameter of the nanomaterials, was applicable to all available rare earth metals and utilized a chemical scheme that was much less toxic. Furthermore, the synthesis provided the first ever doped rare earth hexaboride nanowires. The as produced materials showed excellent electronic properties and could be applicable to many different types of electronic applications. The rare earth hexaboride nanostructures were then implemented into two existing technologies to enhance their characterization capabilities. First, the rare earth hexaboride nanowires were used as a test material for the development

  9. Electronic structure, phase stability, and vibrational properties of Ir-based intermetallic compound IrX (X=Al, Sc, and Ga)

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    Arıkan, N.; Charifi, Z.; Baaziz, H.; Uğur, Ş.; Ünver, H.; Uğur, G.

    2015-02-01

    The phase stability and mechanical properties of B2 type IrX (X=Al, Sc and Ga) compounds are investigated. Self-consistenttotal-energy calculations in the framework of density functional theory using the Generalized Gradient Approximation (GGA) to determine the equations of state and the elastic constants of IrX (X=Al, Sc, and Ga) in the B2 phase have been performed. The calculations predicted the equilibrium lattice constants, which are about 1% greater than experiments for IrAl, 1.81% for IrGa, and 0.71% for IrSc compound. IrAl is shown to be the least compressible, and it is followed by IrGa and the IrSc compound. The phase stability of the studied compounds is checked. The brittleness and ductility properties of IrX (X=Al, Sc, and Ga) are determined by Poisson's ratio σ criterion and Pugh's criterion. IrGa compound is a ductile material; however, IrAl and IrSc show brittleness. The band structure and density of states (DOS), and phonon dispersion curves have been obtained and analyzed. The position of the Fermi level and the contribution of d electrons to the density of states near EF is studied and discussed in detail. We also used the phonon density of states and quasiharmonic approximation to calculate and predict some thermodynamic properties such as constant-volume specific heat capacity of the B2 phase of IrX (X=Al, Sc and Ga) compounds.

  10. Integrating giant microwave absorption with magnetic refrigeration in one multifunctional intermetallic compound of LaFe11.6Si1.4C0.2H1.7

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    Song, Ning-Ning; Ke, Ya-Jiao; Yang, Hai-Tao; Zhang, Hu; Zhang, Xiang-Qun; Shen, Bao-Gen; Cheng, Zhao-Hua

    2013-01-01

    Both microwave absorption and magnetocaloric effect (MCE) are two essential performances of magnetic materials. We observe that LaFe11.6Si1.4C0.2H1.7 intermetallic compound exhibits the advantages of both giant microwave absorption exceeding −42 dB and magnetic entropy change of −20 Jkg−1K−1. The excellent electromagnetic wave absorption results from the large magnetic loss and dielectric loss as well as the efficient complementarity between relative permittivity and permeability. The giant MCE effect in this material provides an ideal technique for cooling the MAMs to avoid temperature increase and infrared radiation during microwave absorption. Our finding suggests that we can integrate the giant microwave absorption with magnetic refrigeration in one multifunctional material. This integration not only advances our understanding of the correlation between microwave absorption and MCE, but also can open a new avenue to exploit microwave devices and electromagnetic stealth. PMID:23887357