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  1. Natural quasicrystal with decagonal symmetry

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    Bindi, Luca; Yao, Nan; Lin, Chaney; Hollister, Lincoln S.; Andronicos, Christopher L.; Distler, Vadim V.; Eddy, Michael P.; Kostin, Alexander; Kryachko, Valery; MacPherson, Glenn J.; Steinhardt, William M.; Yudovskaya, Marina; Steinhardt, Paul J.

    2015-01-01

    We report the first occurrence of a natural quasicrystal with decagonal symmetry. The quasicrystal, with composition Al71Ni24Fe5, was discovered in the Khatyrka meteorite, a recently described CV3 carbonaceous chondrite. Icosahedrite, Al63Cu24Fe13, the first natural quasicrystal to be identified, was found in the same meteorite. The new quasicrystal was found associated with steinhardtite (Al38Ni32Fe30), Fe-poor steinhardtite (Al50Ni40Fe10), Al-bearing trevorite (NiFe2O4) and Al-bearing taenite (FeNi). Laboratory studies of decagonal Al71Ni24Fe5 have shown that it is stable over a narrow range of temperatures, 1120 K to 1200 K at standard pressure, providing support for our earlier conclusion that the Khatyrka meteorite reached heterogeneous high temperatures [1100 < T(K) ≤ 1500] and then rapidly cooled after being heated during an impact-induced shock that occurred in outer space 4.5 Gya. The occurrences of metallic Al alloyed with Cu, Ni, and Fe raises new questions regarding conditions that can be achieved in the early solar nebula. PMID:25765857

  2. Natural quasicrystal with decagonal symmetry.

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    Bindi, Luca; Yao, Nan; Lin, Chaney; Hollister, Lincoln S; Andronicos, Christopher L; Distler, Vadim V; Eddy, Michael P; Kostin, Alexander; Kryachko, Valery; MacPherson, Glenn J; Steinhardt, William M; Yudovskaya, Marina; Steinhardt, Paul J

    2015-01-01

    We report the first occurrence of a natural quasicrystal with decagonal symmetry. The quasicrystal, with composition Al71Ni24Fe5, was discovered in the Khatyrka meteorite, a recently described CV3 carbonaceous chondrite. Icosahedrite, Al63Cu24Fe13, the first natural quasicrystal to be identified, was found in the same meteorite. The new quasicrystal was found associated with steinhardtite (Al38Ni32Fe30), Fe-poor steinhardtite (Al50Ni40Fe10), Al-bearing trevorite (NiFe2O4) and Al-bearing taenite (FeNi). Laboratory studies of decagonal Al71Ni24Fe5 have shown that it is stable over a narrow range of temperatures, 1120 K to 1200 K at standard pressure, providing support for our earlier conclusion that the Khatyrka meteorite reached heterogeneous high temperatures [1100 < T(K) ≤ 1500] and then rapidly cooled after being heated during an impact-induced shock that occurred in outer space 4.5 Gya. The occurrences of metallic Al alloyed with Cu, Ni, and Fe raises new questions regarding conditions that can be achieved in the early solar nebula. PMID:25765857

  3. Friction Anisotropy: A unique and intrinsic property of decagonal quasicrystals

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    Mulleregan, Alice; Park, Jeong Young; Salmeron, Miquel; Ogetree, D.F.; Jenks, C.J.; Thiel, P.A.; Brenner, J.; Dubois, J.M.

    2008-06-25

    We show that friction anisotropy is an intrinsic property of the atomic structure of Al-Ni-Co decagonal quasicrystals and not only of clean and well-ordered surfaces that can be prepared in vacuum [J.Y. Park et al., Science (2005)]. Friction anisotropy is manifested both in nanometer size contacts obtained with sharp atomic force microscope (AFM) tips as well as in macroscopic contacts produced in pin-on-disc tribometers. We show that the friction anisotropy, which is not observed when an amorphous oxide film covers the surface, is recovered when the film is removed due to wear. Equally important is the loss of the friction anisotropy when the quasicrystalline order is destroyed due to cumulative wear. These results reveal the intimate connection between the mechanical properties of these materials and their peculiar atomic structure.

  4. Atomic Scale coexistence of Periodic and quasiperiodic order in a2-fold A1-Ni-Co decagonal quasicrystal surface

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    Park, Jeong Young; Ogletree, D. Frank; Salmeron, Miquel; Ribeiro,R.A.; Canfield, P.C.; Jenks, C.J.; Thiel, P.A.

    2005-11-14

    Decagonal quasicrystals are made of pairs of atomic planes with pentagonal symmetry periodically stacked along a 10-fold axis. We have investigated the atomic structure of the 2-fold surface of a decagonal Al-Ni-Co quasicrystal using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). The surface consists of terraces separated by steps of heights 1.9, 4.7, 7.8, and 12.6{angstrom} containing rows of atoms parallel to the 10-fold direction with an internal periodicity of 4{angstrom}. The rows are arranged aperiodically, with separations that follow a Fibonacci sequence and inflation symmetry. The results indicate that the surfaces are preferentially Al-terminated and in general agreement with bulk models.

  5. Crystallographic Features and State Stability of the Decagonal Quasicrystal in the Al-Co-Cu Alloy System

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    Nakayama, Kei; Mizutani, Akito; Koyama, Yasumasa

    2016-11-01

    In the Al-Co-Cu alloy system, both the decagonal quasicrystal with the space group of Poverline{10}m2 and its approximant Al13Co4 phase with monoclinic Cm symmetry are present around 20 at. % Co-10 at. % Cu. In this study, we examined the crystallographic features of prepared Al-(30 - x) at. % Co-x at. % Cu samples mainly by transmission electron microscopy in order to make clear the crystallographic relation between the decagonal quasicrystal and the monoclinic Al13Co4 structure. The results revealed a coexistence state consisting of decagonal quasicrystal and approximant Al13Co4 regions in Al-20 at. % Co-10 at. % Cu alloy samples. With the help of the coexistence state, the orientation relationship was established between the monoclinic Al13Co4 structure and the decagonal quasicrystal. In the determined relationship, the crystallographic axis in the quasicrystal was found to be parallel to the normal direction of the (010)m plane in the Al13Co4 structure, where the subscript m denotes the monoclinic system. Based on data obtained experimentally, the state stability of the decagonal quasicrystal was also examined in terms of the Hume-Rothery (HR) mechanism on the basis of the nearly-free-electron approximation. It was found that a model based on the HR mechanism could explain the crystallographic features such as electron diffraction patterns and atomic arrangements found in the decagonal quasicrystal. In other words, the HR mechanism is most likely appropriate for the stability of the decagonal quasicrystal in the Al-Co-Cu alloy system.

  6. Elastic constants and anisotropic internal frictions of decagonal Al72Ni18Co8 single quasicrystal at low temperatures

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    Tarumi, R.; Ledbetter, H.; Shiomi, S.; Ogi, H.; Hirao, M.; Tsai, A. P.

    2010-07-01

    We studied the complete set of elastic constants Cij and internal frictions tensor Qij-1 of anisotropic decagonal Al72Ni18Co8 single quasicrystal by electromagnetic acoustic resonance at low temperatures, to 5 K. Most Cij(T ) showed usual stiffening upon cooling and their temperature behaviors are well characterized by an Einstein-lattice-vibration model. The average Grüneisen parameter estimated from the bulk modulus is 2.4, almost identical to crystalline Al. Ambient temperature Qij-1 show a linear relationship to the elastic-constants temperature derivatives |dCij/dT|/Cij with a slope of 1.28 K-1, suggesting that lattice anharmonicity plays a dominant role for Qij-1. The longitudinal modulus for the decagonal axis C33 and corresponding internal friction Q33-1, however, showed significant deviation from such ideal behavior, suggesting additional low-frequency phonon-excitation modes along the decagonal axis.

  7. New type of Al-based decagonal quasicrystal in Al60Cr20Fe10Si10 alloy

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    He, Zhanbing; Ma, Haikun; Li, Hua; Li, Xingzhong; Ma, Xiuliang

    2016-03-01

    A new kind of decagonal quasicrystal (DQC) with a periodicity of 1.23 nm was observed in the as-cast quaternary Al60Cr20Fe10Si10 alloy. The intensity distribution of some spots in the selected-area electron diffraction pattern along the tenfold zone axis was found to be different from other Al-based DQCs. High-angle annular dark-field scanning transmission electron microscopy was adopted to reveal the structural features at an atomic level. Both the tenfold symmetry and symmetry-broken decagonal (D) clusters of 1.91 nm in diameter were found, but with structural characteristics different from the corresponding D clusters in the other Al-based DQCs. The neighboring D clusters are connected by sharing one edge rather than covering, suggesting the tiling model is better than the covering model for structural description.

  8. New type of Al-based decagonal quasicrystal in Al60Cr20Fe10Si10 alloy

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    He, Zhanbing; Ma, Haikun; Li, Hua; Li, Xingzhong; Ma, Xiuliang

    2016-01-01

    A new kind of decagonal quasicrystal (DQC) with a periodicity of 1.23 nm was observed in the as-cast quaternary Al60Cr20Fe10Si10 alloy. The intensity distribution of some spots in the selected-area electron diffraction pattern along the tenfold zone axis was found to be different from other Al-based DQCs. High-angle annular dark-field scanning transmission electron microscopy was adopted to reveal the structural features at an atomic level. Both the tenfold symmetry and symmetry-broken decagonal (D) clusters of 1.91 nm in diameter were found, but with structural characteristics different from the corresponding D clusters in the other Al-based DQCs. The neighboring D clusters are connected by sharing one edge rather than covering, suggesting the tiling model is better than the covering model for structural description. PMID:26928759

  9. Quasicrystal surfaces: structure and growth of atomic overlayers

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    Sharma, H. R.; Shimoda, M.; Tsai, A. P.

    2007-05-01

    We review recent developments in surface studies of single-grain quasicrystals under ultra high-vacuum conditions, focusing on two different topics: surface structure and growth of atomic overlayers on surfaces. Quasicrystalline phases are currently used for investigation of the first topic are icosahedral (i) Al-Pd-Mn, i-Al-Cu-Fe, i-Al-Cu-Ru, i-Ag-In-Yb and decagonal (d) Al-Ni-Co, and d-Al-Cu-Co. We report the progress made with all of these phases. The second topic covers the study of single-element overlayer growth by vapor deposition.

  10. Anisotropy of the electric transport properties of decagonal Al-Cu-Co(Fe) quasicrystals

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    Shulyatev, D. A.; Klyueva, M. V.; Devaradjan, U.

    2016-09-01

    The method of growth from a melt solution was used to obtain iron-alloyed (0.08 at %) Al-Cu-Co single crystals with a decagonal symmetry. The temperature dependences of the electrical resistivity in magnetic fields of 0-18 T were measured using samples oriented in the periodic direction (ρ p ( T)) and in the quasi-periodic plane (ρ q ( T)). A strong anisotropy of the resistivity was observed; the ρ p ( T) curve is linear, whereas the ρ q ( T) curve is approximated well by a second-order polynomial. A strong anisotropy of the magnetoresistance was also observed; a positive magnetoresistance Δρ/ρ ~ 10-3 for the current flowing in the quasiperiodic plane; and a weak (close to zero) negative magnetoresistance for the current flowing along the periodic direction.

  11. Atomistic simulation of frictional anisotropy on quasicrystal approximant surfaces

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    Ye, Zhijiang; Martini, Ashlie; Thiel, Patricia; Lovelady, Heather H.; McLaughlin, Keith; Rabson, David A.

    2016-06-01

    J. Y. Park et al. [Science 309, 1354 (2005), 10.1126/science.1113239] have reported eight times greater atomic-scale friction in the periodic than in the quasiperiodic direction on the twofold face of a decagonal Al-Ni-Co quasicrystal. We present results of molecular-dynamics simulations intended to elucidate mechanisms behind this giant frictional anisotropy. Simulations of a bare atomic-force-microscope tip on several model substrates and under a variety of conditions failed to reproduce experimental results. On the other hand, including the experimental passivation of the tip with chains of hexadecane thiol, we reproduce qualitatively the experimental anisotropy in friction, finding evidence for entrainment of the organic chains in surface furrows parallel to the periodic direction.

  12. Atomistic simulation of frictional anisotropy on quasicrystal approximant surfaces

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    Ye, Zhijiang; Martini, Ashlie; Thiel, Patricia; Lovelady, Heather H.; McLaughlin, Keith; Rabson, David A.

    2016-06-23

    J. Y. Park et al. [Science 309, 1354 (2005)] have reported eight times greater atomic-scale friction in the periodic than in the quasiperiodic direction on the twofold face of a decagonal Al-Ni-Co quasicrystal. Here we present results of molecular-dynamics simulations intended to elucidate mechanisms behind this giant frictional anisotropy. Simulations of a bare atomic-force-microscope tip on several model substrates and under a variety of conditions failed to reproduce experimental results. On the other hand, including the experimental passivation of the tip with chains of hexadecane thiol, we reproduce qualitatively the experimental anisotropy in friction, finding evidence for entrainment of themore » organic chains in surface furrows parallel to the periodic direction.« less

  13. Synthesis of AlNiCo core/shell nanopowders

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    Genc, A. M.; Akdeniz, M. V.; Ozturk, T.; Kalay, Y. E.

    2016-11-01

    Magnetic core/shell nanostructures have been recently received much interest owing to their utmost potential in permanent magnetic applications. In the present work, AlNiCo permanent magnet powders were synthesized by ball milling and a core/shell nanostructure was obtained using RF induced plasma. The effects of particle size and nanoshell structure on the magnetic properties were investigated in details. The coercivity of AlNiCo powders was found to increase with decreasing particle size, exclusively nanopowders encapsulated with Fe3O4 shell showed the highest coercivity values. The shell structure produced during plasma reaction was found to form a resistant layer against oxidation of metallic nanoparticles.

  14. The structure of an Al-Rh-Cu decagonal quasicrystal studied by spherical aberration (Cs)-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy

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    Hiraga, Kenji; Yasuhara, Akira; Yamamoto, Kazuki; Yubuta, Kunio

    2015-05-01

    The structure of an Al-Rh-Cu decagonal quasicrystal formed with two quasiperiodic planes along the periodic axis in an Al63Rh18.5Cu18.5 alloy has been studied by spherical aberration (Cs)-corrected high-angle annular detector dark-field (HAADF)- and annular bright-field (ABF)-scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM). Heavy atoms of Rh and mixed sites (MSs) of Al and Cu atoms projected along the periodic axis can be clearly represented as separate bright dots in observed HAADF-STEM images, and consequently arrangements of Rh atoms and MSs on the two quasiperiodic planes can be directly determined from those of bright dots in the observed HAADF-STEM image. The Rh atoms are arranged in pentagonal tiling formed with pentagonal and star-shaped pentagonal tiles with an edge-length of 0.76 nm, and also MSs with a pentagonal arrangement are located in the pentagonal tiles with definite orientations. The star-shaped pentagonal tiles in the pentagonal tiling are arranged in τ2(τ: golden ratio)-inflated pentagonal tiling with a bond-length of 2 nm. From arrangements of Rh atoms placed in pentagonal tilings with a bond-length of 2 nm, which are generated by the projection of a five-dimensional hyper-cubic lattice, occupation domains in the perpendicular space are derived. Al atoms as well as Rh atoms and MSs are represented as dark dots in an observed ABF-STEM image, and arrangements of Al atoms in well-symmetric regions are discussed.

  15. Quasicrystals

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    Cahn, John W.

    2001-01-01

    The discretely diffracting aperiodic crystals termed quasicrystals, discovered at NBS in the early 1980s, have led to much interdisciplinary activity involving mainly materials science, physics, mathematics, and crystallography. It led to a new understanding of how atoms can arrange themselves, the role of periodicity in nature, and has created a new branch of crystallography. PMID:27500058

  16. Chemical ordering of Co and Ni in a W-(AlCoNi) crystalline approximant related to Al-Co-Ni decagonal quasicrystals studied by atomic resolution energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy

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    Yasuhara, Akira; Hiraga, Kenji

    2015-01-01

    A W-(AlCoNi) crystalline approximant, which is closely related to Al-Co-Ni decagonal quasicrystals, in an Al72.5Co20Ni7.5 alloy has been studied by atomic resolution energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), in an instrument attached to a spherical aberration (Cs)-corrected scanning transmission electron microscope. On high-resolution EDS maps of Co and Ni elements, obtained by integrating many sets of EDS data taken from undamaged areas, chemical ordering of Co and Ni is clearly detected. In the structure of the W-(AlCoNi) phase, consisting of arrangements of transition-metal (TM) atoms located at vertices of pentagonal tilings and pentagonal arrangements of mixed sites (MSs) of TM and Al atoms, Co atoms occupy the TM atom positions with the pentagonal tiling and Ni is enriched in part of the pentagonal arrangements of MSs.

  17. Quasicrystals

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    DuBois, J.M.; Thiel, P.A.; Tsai, A.P.; Urban, K.

    1999-11-01

    Recent developments indicate that quasicrystals are promising candidates for applications such as coatings, metal-matrix components, hydrogen storage materials, thermal barriers, infrared sensors, and other functions. This volume provides an update on the field of quasicrystals for members of the materials research community. More specifically, it focuses on progress in the preparation and properties of quasicrystalline for use in technological applications. Papers address commercial application, physical properties, electronic structure, atomic-scale structure, phase equilibria, and growth of high-quality samples. Highlights include some of the first applications, or near applications, of quasicrystalline materials. One such product is a high-strength steel currently used in surgical tools and electric shavers. The steel contains quasicrystalline precipitates which are unusually stable against Ostwald ripening. This stability is attributed to the low interfacial energy of the precipitates, and provides flexibility in processing by making the steel resistant to overaging. A second product, an aluminum alloy that meets or exceeds the specific US Air Force goal of high strength at elevated temperatures, is also discussed. And a third product, not yet on the market, is a quasicrystalline thermal barrier coating. Here, two attractive properties of quasicrystals combine--low thermal conductivity and plastic behavior at high temperatures. These materials are being tested on turbine blades in aircraft engines. New hypotheses about atomic-scale structure are also presented. This book contains 66 papers.

  18. Microstructure evolution during annealing of TiAl/NiCoCrAl multilayer composite prepared by EB-PVD

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    Zhang, Rubing; Zhang, Deming; Chen, Guiqing; Wang, Yuesheng

    2014-07-01

    TiAl/NiCoCrAl laminate composite sheet with a thickness of 0.4–0.6 mm as well as a dimension of 150 mm × 100 mm was fabricated successfully by using electron beam physical vapor deposition (EB-PVD) method. The annealing treatment was processed at 1123 and 1323 K for 3 h in a high vacuum atmosphere, respectively. The phase composition and microstructure of TiAl/NiCoCrAl microlaminated sheet have been analyzed by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Based on the sheet characterization and results of the microstructure evolution during annealing treatment process, the diffusion mechanism of interfacial reaction in TiAl/NiCoCrAl microlaminate was investigated and discussed.

  19. Effects of Quenching Media on Phase Transformation Characteristics and Hardness of Cu-Al-Ni-Co Shape Memory Alloys

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    Saud, Safaa N.; Hamzah, E.; Abubakar, T.; Farahany, S.; Bakhsheshi-Rad, H. R.

    2015-04-01

    This paper presents the investigation on the effects of various thermal treatments and quenching media on the phase transformation behaviour of Cu-Al-Ni-Co shape memory alloys (SMAs). The transformation temperatures were determined using a differential scanning calorimeter. The variation of cooling rates had a consequential effect on the phase transformation characteristics of the Cu-Al-Ni-Co SMAs. Nevertheless, the transformation temperature peaks were varied in terms of location as well as heat flow. The results indicated that there was an improvement in transformation temperatures whenever ice water was used as quenching medium. It was also observed that the forward transformation temperatures were higher than the reverse transformation. It was verified that the required heat for the transformation of martensite into austenite was more than the transformation of austenite into martensite. Moreover, thermodynamic parameters, such as enthalpy and entropy, tended to decrease and increase as a result of the changes in the cooling rates of each medium. To clarify the variations of the structures and properties of Cu-Al-Ni-Co SMA quenched samples, x-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectroscopy, and Vickers hardness were used.

  20. The quasiperiodic average structure of highly disordered decagonal Zn-Mg-Dy and its temperature dependence.

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    Ors, Taylan; Takakura, Hiroyuki; Abe, Eiji; Steurer, Walter

    2014-04-01

    A single-crystal X-ray diffraction structure analysis of decagonal Zn-Mg-Dy, a Frank-Kasper-type quasicrystal, was performed using the higher-dimensional approach. For this first Frank-Kasper (F-K) decagonal quasicrystal studied so far, significant differences to the decagonal Al-TM-based (TM: transition metal) phases were found. A new type of twofold occupation domain is located on certain edge centers of the five-dimensional unit cell. The structure can be described in terms of a two-cluster model based on a decagonal cluster (∼ 23 Å diameter) arranged on the vertices of a pentagon-Penrose tiling (PPT) and a star-like cluster covering the remaining space. This model is used for the five-dimensional refinements, which converged to an R value of 0.126. The arrangement of clusters is significantly disordered as indicated by high-angle annular dark-field scanning transmission electron microscopy (HAADF-STEM). In order to check the structure and stability at higher temperatures, in-situ high-temperature (HT) single-crystal X-ray diffraction experiments were conducted at 598 and 648 K (i.e. slightly below the decomposition temperature). The structure does not change significantly, however, the best quasiperiodic order is found at 598 K. The implication of these results on the stabilization mechanism of quasicrystals is discussed. PMID:24675601

  1. Single crystal growth of Al-based intermetallic phases being approximants to quasicrystals

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    Gille, Peter; Bauer, Birgitta; Hahne, Michael; Smontara, Ana; Dolinšek, Janez

    2011-03-01

    Decagonal (d) quasicrystals are formed in a number of Al-based ternary systems with d-AlCoNi being the best studied decagonal phase. They are highly anisotropic showing unusual properties of e.g. electric and thermal transport when measured along the periodic or quasiperiodic directions. For a long time, this has been attributed to the lack of periodicity in certain crystallographic orientations. Some neighbouring phases in the Al-Co-Ni system as well as in related ternaries consist of the same type of large icosahedral clusters, but are periodic in all three directions, sometimes with very large unit cells. Therefore, they are called approximants to the decagonal quasicrystals. They allow comparative studies of these phases as to judge whether some unusual properties of quasicrystals arise from the lack of periodicity or from the common atomic arrangements. Additional to decagonal AlCoNi quasicrystals, various approximants (monoclinic Al13(Co,Ni)4, orthorhombic Al13Co4, orthorhombic Al4(Cr,Fe), monoclinic Al13Fe4 and its ternary extensions Al13(Fe,Cr)4 and Al13(Fe,Ni)4) were grown by the Czochralski method as large single crystals as to carry out transport orientation-dependent measurements. It could be found that transport properties show remarkably similar anisotropic features when comparing corresponding crystallographic directions in these phases that can be related to the periodic stacking of layers.

  2. New horizon in quasicrystals

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    Samavat, F.; Kiani, M.

    2015-11-01

    Quasicrystals (QCs) are aperiodic intermetallic alloys that possess a long range positional order. They often exhibit crystallographically forbidden symmetries, most commonly fivefold and tenfold. The forbidden symmetry is related to the fact that the atoms are arranged quasiperiodically. Quasiperiodic translational order has physical consequences. For example, since electrons and phonons in quasicrystals do not encounter a periodic potential, quasicrystals have unusual resistive and elastic properties, and these have been exploited in several applications. The purpose of this introduction is to present certain properties that are relevant to the surface science of quasicrystals, as a launching point for the other articles in this special issue of progress in surface science.

  3. Structural disorder in the decagonal Al-Co-Ni. I. Patterson analysis of diffuse x-ray scattering data

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    Kobas, Miroslav; Weber, Thomas; Steurer, Walter

    2005-06-01

    The three-dimensional (3D) difference Patterson (autocorrelation) function of a disordered quasicrystal (Edagawa phase) has been analyzed. 3D diffuse x-ray diffraction data were collected in situ at 300, 1070, and 1120 K. A method, the punch-and-fill technique, has been developed for separating diffuse scattering and Bragg reflections. Its potential and limits are discussed in detail. The different Patterson maps are interpreted in terms of intercluster correlations as a function of temperature. Both at high and low temperatures, the clusters decorate the vertices of the same quasiperiodic covering. At low temperatures, for the disordered part of the structure, short-range intercluster correlations are present, whereas at higher temperatures, medium-range intercluster correlations are formed. This indicates disorder mainly inside clusters at low temperatures, whereas at higher temperatures disorder takes place inside larger superclusters. Qualitatively, the Patterson maps may be interpreted by intercluster correlations mainly inside pentagonal superclusters below 1120 K, and inside the larger decagonal superclusters at 1120 K. The results of our diffraction study are published in two parts. Part I focuses on the 3D Patterson analysis based on experimental data, Part II reports modeling of structural disorder in decagonal Al-Co-Ni.

  4. Quasicrystals: Making invisible materials

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    Boriskina, Svetlana V.

    2015-07-01

    All-dielectric photonic quasicrystals may act as zero-refractive-index homogeneous materials despite their lack of translational symmetry and periodicity, stretching wavelengths to infinity and offering applications in light wavefront sculpting and optical cloaking.

  5. Structural disorder in the decagonal Al-Co-Ni. II. Modeling

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    Kobas, Miroslav; Weber, Thomas; Steurer, Walter

    2005-06-01

    The hydrodynamic theory of phasonic and phononic disorder is applied successfully to describe the short-range disordered structure of a decagonal Al{sub 71.5}Co{sub 14.6}Ni{sub 13.9} quasicrystal (Edagawa phase, superstructure type I). Moreover, model calculations demonstrate that the main features of diffuse scattering can be equally well described by phasonic disorder and fivefold orientational disorder of clusters. The calculations allow us to distinguish the different cluster types published so far and the best agreement with experimental data could be achieved with the mirror-symmetric Abe cluster. Modeling of phason diffuse scattering associated with the S1 and S2 superstructure reflections indicate disorder of superclusters. The former show basically intercluster correlations inside quasiperiodic layers, while the latter exhibit intra- and inter-cluster correlations, both between adjacent and inside quasiperiodic layers. The feasibility, potential, and limits of the Patterson method in combination with the punch-and-fill method employed is shown on the example of a phasonic disordered rhombic Penrose tiling. A variation of the elastic constants does not change qualitatively the way phasonic disorder is realized in the local quasicrystalline structure. For the same model system it is also shown that phasonic fluctuations of the atomic surfaces yield average clusters in the cut space, which correspond to fivefold orientationally disordered clusters.

  6. The Crystallography of Quasicrystals

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    Rabson, David Alan

    A century ago, E. S. Fedorov, A. Schonflies, and W. Barlow, working independently, classified the 230 distinct symmetry groups of objects repeated periodically in three-dimensional space. The 230 space groups determine the symmetries of macroscopic properties and provide crystallographers with their most important tool in deducing structure; as such, they find use in biology, organic chemistry, and virology as well as in physics, geology, and materials science. With the discovery in 1984 of quasicrystals, well-ordered but aperiodic metallic alloys with crystallographically forbidden rotational symmetries, the need arose to develop a space-group theory for these new materials. Based on the work by Rokhsar, Wright, and Mermin^1 in two dimensions, Rabson, Mermin, Rokhsar, and Wright have classified all quasicrystal and crystal three -dimensional axial space groups.^2 Our classification, proceeding in reciprocal space, is elementary, does not rely on projecting higher-dimensional crystallographic space groups, and is valid for arbitrary rotational symmetry. As an additional illustration of quasicrystallographic space groups, I derive and demonstrate algorithms that produce two-dimensional tilings of rhombi with each of the possible plane-group symmetries.^3 While the analogous task for crystallographic plane groups is trivial, the lack of translational symmetry in a quasicrystal tiling makes these constructions interesting. Since the symmetry of a quasicrystal appears more naturally in reciprocal than in direct space, it is not surprising that some of the resulting tilings seem intricate, although in fact their symmetries are quite simple. ftn^1 Acta Cryst. A44, 197-211 (1988). ^2 "The Space Groups of Axial Crystals and Quasicrystals," preprint. ^3See also Rabson, Ho, and Mermin, Acta Cryst. A44, 678 (1988) and Acta Cryst. A45, 538 (1989).

  7. Optics of photonic quasicrystals

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    Vardeny, Z. Valy; Nahata, Ajay; Agrawal, Amit

    2013-03-01

    The physics of periodic systems are of fundamental importance and result in various phenomena that govern wave transport and interference. However, deviations from periodicity may result in higher complexity and give rise to a number of surprising effects. One such deviation can be found in the field of optics in the realization of photonic quasicrystals, a class of structures made from building blocks that are arranged using well-designed patterns but lack translational symmetry. Nevertheless, these structures, which lie between periodic and disordered structures, still show sharp diffraction patterns that confirm the existence of wave interference resulting from their long-range order. In this Review, we discuss the beautiful physics unravelled in photonic quasicrystals of one, two and three dimensions, and describe how they can influence optical transmission and reflectivity, photoluminescence, light transport, plasmonics and laser action.

  8. Quasicrystals and Quantum Computing

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    Berezin, Alexander A.

    1997-03-01

    In Quantum (Q) Computing qubits form Q-superpositions for macroscopic times. One scheme for ultra-fast (Q) computing can be based on quasicrystals. Ultrafast processing in Q-coherent structures (and the very existence of durable Q-superpositions) may be 'consequence' of presence of entire manifold of integer arithmetic (A0, aleph-naught of Georg Cantor) at any 4-point of space-time, furthermore, at any point of any multidimensional phase space of (any) N-particle Q-system. The latter, apart from quasicrystals, can include dispersed and/or diluted systems (Berezin, 1994). In such systems such alleged centrepieces of Q-Computing as ability for fast factorization of long integers can be processed by sheer virtue of the fact that entire infinite pattern of prime numbers is instantaneously available as 'free lunch' at any instant/point. Infinitely rich pattern of A0 (including pattern of primes and almost primes) acts as 'independent' physical effect which directly generates Q-dynamics (and physical world) 'out of nothing'. Thus Q-nonlocality can be ultimately based on instantaneous interconnectedness through ever- the-same structure of A0 ('Platonic field' of integers).

  9. Three-Dimensional Icosahedral Phase Field Quasicrystal

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    Subramanian, P.; Archer, A. J.; Knobloch, E.; Rucklidge, A. M.

    2016-08-01

    We investigate the formation and stability of icosahedral quasicrystalline structures using a dynamic phase field crystal model. Nonlinear interactions between density waves at two length scales stabilize three-dimensional quasicrystals. We determine the phase diagram and parameter values required for the quasicrystal to be the global minimum free energy state. We demonstrate that traits that promote the formation of two-dimensional quasicrystals are extant in three dimensions, and highlight the characteristics required for three-dimensional soft matter quasicrystal formation.

  10. Octonacci photonic quasicrystals

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    Brandão, E. R.; Costa, C. H.; Vasconcelos, M. S.; Anselmo, D. H. A. L.; Mello, V. D.

    2015-08-01

    We study theoretically the transmission spectra in one-dimensional photonic quasicrystals, made up of SiO2(A) and TiO2(B) materials, organized following the Octonacci sequence, where the nth-stage of the multilayer Sn is given by the rule Sn =Sn-1Sn-2Sn-1 , for n ⩾ 3 and with S1 = A and S2 = B . The expression for transmittance was obtained by employing a theoretical calculation based on the transfer-matrix method. For normally incident waves, we observe that, for a same generation, the transmission spectra for transverse electric (TE) and transverse magnetic (TM) waves are equal, at least qualitatively, and they present a scaling property where a self-similar behavior is obtained, as an evidence that these spectra are fractals. The spectra show regions where the omnidirectional band gaps emerges for specific generations of Octonacci photonic structure, except to TM waves. For TE waves, we note that all of them have almost the same width, for different generations. We also report the localization of modes as a consequence of the quasiperiodicity of the heterostructure.

  11. Subcellular neuronal quasicrystals: Implications for consciousness

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    Gardiner, John

    2015-01-01

    Neuron neurotransmitter receptors are in general pentameric. This enables them to form pentagonal components in biological quasicrystals (similar to mathematical aperiodic tilings). As quasicrystals have been proposed to require quantum effects to exist this might introduce such effects as a component of neurotransmission and thus consciousness. Microtubules may play a role in the clustering of the receptors into quasicrystals, thus modulating their function and may even form quasicrystals themselves. Other quaiscrystals in neurons are potentially formed by water, cholera toxin complexes, and the cytoskeletal components actin and ankyrin. PMID:26629259

  12. Subcellular neuronal quasicrystals: Implications for consciousness.

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    Gardiner, John

    2015-01-01

    Neuron neurotransmitter receptors are in general pentameric. This enables them to form pentagonal components in biological quasicrystals (similar to mathematical aperiodic tilings). As quasicrystals have been proposed to require quantum effects to exist this might introduce such effects as a component of neurotransmission and thus consciousness. Microtubules may play a role in the clustering of the receptors into quasicrystals, thus modulating their function and may even form quasicrystals themselves. Other quaiscrystals in neurons are potentially formed by water, cholera toxin complexes, and the cytoskeletal components actin and ankyrin. PMID:26629259

  13. Subcellular neuronal quasicrystals: Implications for consciousness

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    Gardiner, John

    2015-01-01

    Neuron neurotransmitter receptors are in general pentameric. This enables them to form pentagonal components in biological quasicrystals (similar to mathematical aperiodic tilings). As quasicrystals have been proposed to require quantum effects to exist this might introduce such effects as a component of neurotransmission and thus consciousness. Microtubules may play a role in the clustering of the receptors into quasicrystals, thus modulating their function and may even form quasicrystals themselves. Other quaiscrystals in neurons are potentially formed by water, cholera toxin complexes, and the cytoskeletal components actin and ankyrin. PMID:26478770

  14. Three-Dimensional Icosahedral Phase Field Quasicrystal.

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    Subramanian, P; Archer, A J; Knobloch, E; Rucklidge, A M

    2016-08-12

    We investigate the formation and stability of icosahedral quasicrystalline structures using a dynamic phase field crystal model. Nonlinear interactions between density waves at two length scales stabilize three-dimensional quasicrystals. We determine the phase diagram and parameter values required for the quasicrystal to be the global minimum free energy state. We demonstrate that traits that promote the formation of two-dimensional quasicrystals are extant in three dimensions, and highlight the characteristics required for three-dimensional soft matter quasicrystal formation. PMID:27563973

  15. Planar scanning method for detecting refraction characteristics of two-dimensional photonic quasi-crystal wedge-shaped prisms.

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    Liu, Jianjun; Tan, Wei; Liu, Exian; Hu, Haili; Fan, Zhigang; Zhang, Tianhua; Zhang, Xiong

    2016-05-01

    In this study, a planar scanning method is proposed. This novel method adapts two monitors moving along double planar tracks that can be used to detect refraction characteristics of two-dimensional (2D) photonic quasi-crystal (PQC) wedge-shaped prisms. Refraction of a decagonal Penrose-type PQC prism is analyzed for a given incident beam and two polarization modes at different incident positions in the prism using this method. Refraction from the prism is irregular, indicating that nonuniformity in the arrangement of scatterers in the prism causes Bragg-like scattering irregularities. Numerical results show that this method can be used for guiding the design of a 2D PQC prism and for the analysis of its refraction characteristics. PMID:27140896

  16. Planar scanning method for detecting refraction characteristics of two-dimensional photonic quasi-crystal wedge-shaped prisms.

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    Liu, Jianjun; Tan, Wei; Liu, Exian; Hu, Haili; Fan, Zhigang; Zhang, Tianhua; Zhang, Xiong

    2016-05-01

    In this study, a planar scanning method is proposed. This novel method adapts two monitors moving along double planar tracks that can be used to detect refraction characteristics of two-dimensional (2D) photonic quasi-crystal (PQC) wedge-shaped prisms. Refraction of a decagonal Penrose-type PQC prism is analyzed for a given incident beam and two polarization modes at different incident positions in the prism using this method. Refraction from the prism is irregular, indicating that nonuniformity in the arrangement of scatterers in the prism causes Bragg-like scattering irregularities. Numerical results show that this method can be used for guiding the design of a 2D PQC prism and for the analysis of its refraction characteristics.

  17. Topological States and Adiabatic Pumping in Quasicrystals

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    Kraus, Yaakov; Lahini, Yoav; Ringel, Zohar; Verbin, Mor; Zilberberg, Oded

    2012-02-01

    We find a connection between quasicrystals and topological matter, namely that quasicrystals exhibit non-trivial topological phases attributed to dimensions higher than their own [1]. Quasicrystals are materials which are neither ordered nor disordered, i.e. they exhibit only long-range order [2]. This long-range order is usually expressed as a projection from a higher dimensional ordered system. Recently, the unrelated discovery of Topological Insulators [3] defined a new type of materials classified by their topology. We show theoretically and experimentally using photonic lattices, that one-dimensional quasicrystals exhibit topologically-protected boundary states equivalent to the edge states of the two-dimensional Integer Quantum Hall Effect. We harness this property to adiabatically pump light across the quasicrystal, and generalize our results to higher dimensional systems. Hence, quasicrystals offer a new platform for the study of topological phases while their topology may better explain their surface properties.[4pt] [1] Y. E. Kraus, Y. Lahini, Z. Ringel, M. Verbin, and O. Zilberberg, arXiv:1109.5983 (2011).[0pt] [2] C. Janot, Quasicrystals (Clarendon, Oxford, 1994), 2nd ed.[0pt] [3] M. Z. Hasan and C. L. Kane, Rev. Mod. Phys. 82, 3045 (2010).

  18. The Icosahedral Ti-Zr-Ni Quasicrystal - A Ground State Quasicrystal?

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    Hennig, R. G.; Carlsson, A. E.; Kelton, K. F.; Henley, C. L.

    2001-03-01

    The icosahedral Ti-Zr-Ni quasicrystal is known to be thermodynamically stable [1]. Most stable quasicrystals form at high temperatures from the liquid phase. In contrast to those quasicrystals, however, the Ti-Zr-Ni quasicrystal forms at lower temperatures, near 570^circC, by a solid state transformation of crystal phases that are stable at higher temperatures. A decorated canonical cell tiling for the structure of this quasicrystal was determined by a refinement to x-ray and neutron diffraction data and results from ab initio calculations. The energetic stability of the icosahedral Ti-Zr-Ni quasicrystal was investigated by total energy calculations using the density-functional code VASP [2]. The ternary ground state phase diagram for Ti-Zr-Ni was determined. The energy of the structural model of the quasicrystal is found to be lower than the energy of any known competing phase. This result, coupled with the continued stability with long anneals at lower temperatures, strongly suggest that the icosahedral Ti-Zr-Ni quasicrystal is a ground state quasicrystal. [1] K. F. Kelton, W. J. Kim, and R. M. Stroud. Appl. Phys. Let. 70, 3230 (1997). [2] G. Kresse and J. Hafner, Phys. Rev. B47, RC 558 (1993); G. Kresse and J. Furthmüller, Phys. Rev. B54, 11169 (1996).

  19. Disorder-Enhanced Transport in Photonic Quasicrystals

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    Levi, Liad; Rechtsman, Mikael; Freedman, Barak; Schwartz, Tal; Manela, Ofer; Segev, Mordechai

    2011-06-01

    Quasicrystals are aperiodic structures with rotational symmetries forbidden to conventional periodic crystals; examples of quasicrystals can be found in aluminum alloys, polymers, and even ancient Islamic art. Here, we present direct experimental observation of disorder-enhanced wave transport in quasicrystals, which contrasts directly with the characteristic suppression of transport by disorder. Our experiments are carried out in photonic quasicrystals, where we find that increasing disorder leads to enhanced expansion of the beam propagating through the medium. By further increasing the disorder, we observe that the beam progresses through a regime of diffusive-like transport until it finally transitions to Anderson localization and the suppression of transport. We study this fundamental phenomenon and elucidate its origins by relating it to the basic properties of quasicrystalline media in the presence of disorder.

  20. A comparative study of zone axis pattern maps from decagonal phases with varying periodicity

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    Ranganathan, S. . Dept of Materials Science and Metallurgy Indian Inst. of Science, Bangalore . Dept. of Metallurgy); Singh, A. . Dept. of Metallurgy); Mukhopadhyay, N.K.; Weatherly, G.C. . Dept. of Metallurgy)

    1994-02-01

    The discovery in 1985 of the decagonal phase with periodicity in one direction and quasiperiodicity in the other two directions has excited considerable interest. This was followed by the observation that the periodicity perpendicular to the quasiperiodicity plane can assume multiple values on n = [1,2,3,4]x0.4 nm. The mapping of reciprocal spaces of these phases, labelled t[sub 2n], by electron diffraction is important in the context of atomic models for the decagonal phase. While partial determinations have been available for T[sub 4] context of atomic models for the decagonal phase. While partial determinations have been available for T[sub 4] [Al-Co], T[sub 6][Al-Mn] and T[sub 8] [Al-Fe], [Al-Pd], the recent complete determination of zone axis pattern maps [ZAPM] and Kikuchi maps of T[sub 6] [Al-Mn] with 1.24 nm periodicity and T[sub 4][Al-Cu-Co-Si] with 0.8 nm periodicity is a tour de force by Kelton and his co-workers. These papers coupled with the complete mapping of the HOLZ line and Kikuchi line patterns of the T[sub 2][Al-Co-Ni] with 0.4 nm periodicity permit the authors to put in perspective the ZAPM of all the four decagonal phases and in addition predict patterns for the T[sub 8] phase for which a complete experimental determination is still lacking.

  1. Wavelength dependence of focusing properties of two-dimensional photonic quasicrystal flat lens.

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    Liu, Jianjun; Fan, Zhigang; Hu, Haili; Yang, Maohua; Guan, Chunying; Yuan, Libo; Guo, Hao; Zhang, Xiong

    2012-05-15

    We investigated the wavelength dependence of the focusing properties of a germanium-cylinder-based two-dimensional (2D) decagonal Penrose-type photonic quasicrystal (PQC) flat lens for the first time, to the best of our knowledge. We found that near the second bandgap and in the high-frequency side (between the bandgap boundary and the first light intensity peak) of the pass band, the flat lens can exhibit a focusing effect for a point light source and that the focusing wavelengths can directly be drawn from the photonic band structure. For all the focusing wavelengths, the summation of the object distance and the image distance is less than the thickness of the flat lens when the object distance is half the thickness of the flat lens. As the wavelength increases, the image distance, the image quality, and the effective refractive index of the flat lens increase, whereas the image power of the point light source decreases. The effective refractive index of the flat lens is less than -1.

  2. Observation of topological phase transitions in photonic quasicrystals.

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    Verbin, Mor; Zilberberg, Oded; Kraus, Yaacov E; Lahini, Yoav; Silberberg, Yaron

    2013-02-15

    Topological insulators and topological superconductors are distinguished by their bulk phase transitions and gapless states at a sharp boundary with the vacuum. Quasicrystals have recently been found to be topologically nontrivial. In quasicrystals, the bulk phase transitions occur in the same manner as standard topological materials, but their boundary phenomena are more subtle. In this Letter we directly observe bulk phase transitions, using photonic quasicrystals, by constructing a smooth boundary between topologically distinct one-dimensional quasicrystals. Moreover, we use the same method to experimentally confirm the topological equivalence between the Harper and Fibonacci quasicrystals. PMID:25166388

  3. Synthesis of porous Cu from Al-Cu-Co decagonal quasicrystalline alloys

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    Kalai Vani, V.; Kwon, O. J.; Hong, S. M.; Fleury, E.

    2011-07-01

    The formation of a porous Cu structure from cast Al-Cu-Co decagonal quasicrystalline alloys has been studied using a selective corrosion technique. Two alkaline solutions were selected based on the electrochemical properties of the constituent elements. Selective corrosion of Al and Co was achieved by chemical immersion of the cast Al-Cu-Co alloy in both 5 M NaOH and 0.5 M Na2CO3 solutions; values for BET surface-to-weight ratio of up to 30 m2/g could be reached. Microstructural analyses indicated that the architecture of the resulting porous structures was composed of a needle-type phase, remaining from the decagonal phase, in addition to Cu and Cu-Co phases.

  4. Liquid to quasicrystal transition in bilayer water

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    Johnston, Jessica C.; Kastelowitz, Noah; Molinero, Valeria

    2010-10-01

    The phase behavior of confined water is a topic of intense and current interest due to its relevance in biology, geology, and materials science. Nevertheless, little is known about the phases that water forms even when confined in the simplest geometries, such as water confined between parallel surfaces. Here we use molecular dynamics simulations to compute the phase diagram of two layers of water confined between parallel non hydrogen bonding walls. This study shows that the water bilayer forms a dodecagonal quasicrystal, as well as two previously unreported bilayer crystals, one tiled exclusively by pentagonal rings. Quasicrystals, structures with long-range order but without periodicity, have never before been reported for water. The dodecagonal quasicrystal is obtained from the bilayer liquid through a reversible first-order phase transition and has diffusivity intermediate between that of the bilayer liquid and ice phases. The water quasicrystal and the ice polymorphs based on pentagons are stabilized by compression of the bilayer and are not templated by the confining surfaces, which are smooth. This demonstrates that these novel phases are intrinsically favored in bilayer water and suggests that these structures could be relevant not only for confined water but also for the wetting and properties of water at interfaces.

  5. Surfaces of Intermetallics: Quasicrystals and Beyond

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    Yuen, Chad

    2012-01-01

    The goal of this work is to characterize surfaces of intermetallics, including quasicrystals. In this work, surface characterization is primarily focused on composition and structure using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) performed under ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) conditions.

  6. Omnidirectional reflection from generalized Fibonacci quasicrystals.

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    Barriuso, Alberto G; Monzón, Juan J; Yonte, Teresa; Felipe, Angel; Sánchez-Soto, Luis L

    2013-12-01

    We determine the optimal thicknesses for which omnidirectional reflection from generalized Fibonacci quasicrystals occurs. By capitalizing on the idea of wavelength- and angle-averaged reflectance, we assess in a consistent way the performance of the different systems. Our results indicate that some of these aperiodic arrangements can largely over-perform the conventional photonic crystals as omnidirectional reflection is concerned. PMID:24514554

  7. Magnetism in icosahedral quasicrystals: current status and open questions

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    Goldman, Alan I.

    2014-07-02

    Progress in our understanding of the magnetic properties of R-containing icosahedral quasicrystals (R = rare earth element) from over 20 years of experimental effort is reviewed. This includes the much studied R-Mg-Zn and R-Mg-Cd ternary systems, as well as several magnetic quasicrystals that have been discovered and investigated more recently including Sc-Fe-Zn, R-Ag-In, Yb-Au-Al, the recently synthesized R-Cd binary quasicrystals, and their periodic approximants. In many ways, the magnetic properties among these quasicrystals are very similar. However, differences are observed that suggest new experiments and promising directions for future research.

  8. Atomic structure solution of the complex quasicrystal approximant Al77Rh15Ru8 from electron diffraction data.

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    Samuha, Shmuel; Mugnaioli, Enrico; Grushko, Benjamin; Kolb, Ute; Meshi, Louisa

    2014-12-01

    The crystal structure of the novel Al77Rh15Ru8 phase (which is an approximant of decagonal quasicrystals) was determined using modern direct methods (MDM) applied to automated electron diffraction tomography (ADT) data. The Al77Rh15Ru8 E-phase is orthorhombic [Pbma, a = 23.40 (5), b = 16.20 (4) and c = 20.00 (5) Å] and has one of the most complicated intermetallic structures solved solely by electron diffraction methods. Its structural model consists of 78 unique atomic positions in the unit cell (19 Rh/Ru and 59 Al). Precession electron diffraction (PED) patterns and high-resolution electron microscopy (HRTEM) images were used for the validation of the proposed atomic model. The structure of the E-phase is described using hierarchical packing of polyhedra and a single type of tiling in the form of a parallelogram. Based on this description, the structure of the E-phase is compared with that of the ε6-phase formed in Al-Rh-Ru at close compositions.

  9. Eighteenth-century forms of quasicrystals.

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    Pina, Carlos M; López-Acevedo, Victoria

    2016-01-01

    A careful inspection of the drawings and baked clay models created by the mineralogist Romé de L'Isle in the 18th century has revealed the existence of a number of intriguing forms with pentagonal symmetries. These forms cannot be classified in any of the 32 crystal classes. They can thus be considered the first crystallographic descriptions of polyhedral forms found in quasicrystals two centuries later. This paper presents a symmetry analysis of the fascinating drawings and clay models with pentagonal symmetries described in the book Cristallographie published in 1783 by Romé de L'Isle, as well as a comparison with quasicrystals recently synthesized. The paper also briefly discusses what could induce Romé de L'Isle to consider forms with pentagonal symmetries as plausible crystal forms. PMID:26697870

  10. Discussion on the surface science of quasicrystals

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    Thiel, P.A.

    2008-05-01

    This paper contains a short review of four aspects of the surface science of quasicrystals, together with a list of challenges for the scientific community in the near future. The first issue concerns the ability of surface science to shed light on bulk atomic structure. The second is the use of surfaces as quasiperiodic templates, particularly for films of periodic metals. Here, enforcing quasiperiodicity in the film may lead to unusual magnetic, tribological or adsorption properties. The third aspect concerns the effects of surface phasons and phonons on dynamical interactions with adsorbates, such as sticking coefficient, as well as on diffusion between the surface and near-surface region. The final area is tribology, where studies of quasicrystals have suggested that both adhesion and phononic friction may be important.

  11. Photonic quasi-crystal terahertz lasers

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    Vitiello, Miriam Serena; Nobile, Michele; Ronzani, Alberto; Tredicucci, Alessandro; Castellano, Fabrizio; Talora, Valerio; Li, Lianhe; Linfield, Edmund H.; Davies, A. Giles

    2014-12-01

    Quasi-crystal structures do not present a full spatial periodicity but are nevertheless constructed starting from deterministic generation rules. When made of different dielectric materials, they often possess fascinating optical properties, which lie between those of periodic photonic crystals and those of a random arrangement of scatterers. Indeed, they can support extended band-like states with pseudogaps in the energy spectrum, but lacking translational invariance, they also intrinsically feature a pattern of ‘defects’, which can give rise to critically localized modes confined in space, similar to Anderson modes in random structures. If used as laser resonators, photonic quasi-crystals open up design possibilities that are simply not possible in a conventional periodic photonic crystal. In this letter, we exploit the concept of a 2D photonic quasi crystal in an electrically injected laser; specifically, we pattern the top surface of a terahertz quantum-cascade laser with a Penrose tiling of pentagonal rotational symmetry, reaching 0.1-0.2% wall-plug efficiencies and 65 mW peak output powers with characteristic surface-emitting conical beam profiles, result of the rich quasi-crystal Fourier spectrum.

  12. Local density fluctuations and hyperuniformity in quasicrystals

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    Oğuz, Erdal Celal; Torquato, Salvatore

    2015-03-01

    Local density fluctuations in many-body systems are of fundamental importance throughout various scientific disciplines, including physics, materials science, number theory and biology. In a point pattern, let the variance associated with the number of points contained in a spherical window of radius R be denoted by σ2 (R) . Hyperuniform point patterns in d dimensions do not possess infinite-wavelength fluctuations or, equivalently, possess a number variance that grows more slowly than the window volume, i.e., Rd. Hyperuniform systems include all infinite periodic structures, aperiodic quasicrystals, and some special disordered systems. Previous investigations showed that the number variance for large R in hyperuniform systems serves as a useful metric to rank order systems according to the degree to which large-scale density fluctuations are suppressed. In this work, we investigate the number variance of two-dimensional quasicrystals with a variety of different rotational symmetries. We study how the number variance depends on the rotational symmetry and local isomorphism class of the quasicrystal. We compare these results to a number of different periodic systems as well as disordered hyperuniform systems. ECO acknowledges the support from the German Research Foundation (DFG).

  13. Negative Refraction and Imaging with Quasicrystals

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    Zhang, Xiangdong; Feng, Zhifang; Wang, Yiquan; Li, Zhi-Yuan; Cheng, Bingying; Zhang, Dao-Zhong

    Recently, negative refraction of electromagnetic waves in photonic crystals was demonstrated experimentally and subwavelength images were observed. However, these investigations all focused on the periodic structure. In fact, the negative refraction exists not only in periodic structure, but also in nonperiodic structures such as quasicrystalline arrangement of dielectric. Here, we discuss the negative refraction and imaging based on some transparent quasicrystalline photonic structures. The high-symmetric photonic quasicrystals (PQCs) can exhibit an effective refractive index close to -1 in a certain frequency window. The index shows small spatial dispersion, consistent with the nearly homogeneous geometry of the quasicrystal. Thus, a flat lens based on the 2D PQCs can form a non-near-field image whose position varies with the thickness of the sample and the source distance. At the same time, the focus and image for both polarized waves at the same structure and parameters can also be realized by such a flat lens. In addition, the negative refraction behaviors of acoustic wave in phononic quasicrystal are also discussed.

  14. Photonic quasi-crystal terahertz lasers

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    Vitiello, Miriam Serena; Nobile, Michele; Ronzani, Alberto; Tredicucci, Alessandro; Castellano, Fabrizio; Talora, Valerio; Li, Lianhe; Linfield, Edmund H.; Davies, A. Giles

    2014-01-01

    Quasi-crystal structures do not present a full spatial periodicity but are nevertheless constructed starting from deterministic generation rules. When made of different dielectric materials, they often possess fascinating optical properties, which lie between those of periodic photonic crystals and those of a random arrangement of scatterers. Indeed, they can support extended band-like states with pseudogaps in the energy spectrum, but lacking translational invariance, they also intrinsically feature a pattern of ‘defects’, which can give rise to critically localized modes confined in space, similar to Anderson modes in random structures. If used as laser resonators, photonic quasi-crystals open up design possibilities that are simply not possible in a conventional periodic photonic crystal. In this letter, we exploit the concept of a 2D photonic quasi crystal in an electrically injected laser; specifically, we pattern the top surface of a terahertz quantum-cascade laser with a Penrose tiling of pentagonal rotational symmetry, reaching 0.1–0.2% wall-plug efficiencies and 65 mW peak output powers with characteristic surface-emitting conical beam profiles, result of the rich quasi-crystal Fourier spectrum. PMID:25523102

  15. Levitated crystals and quasicrystals of metamaterials

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    Wang, Zhehui; Morris, Christopher; Goree, John A

    2012-07-25

    New scientific and technological opportunities exist by marrying dusty plasma research with metamaterials. Specifically, by balancing control and self-assembly, certain laboratory plasmas can become a generic levitation platform for novel structure formation and nanomaterial synthesis. We propose to experimentally investigate two dimensional (2D) and three dimensional (3D) levitated structures of metamaterials and their properties. Such structures can self assemble in laboratory plasmas, similar to levitated dust crystals which were discovered in the mid 1990's. Laboratory plasma platform for metamaterial formation eliminates substrates upon which most metamaterials have to be supported. Three types of experiments, with similar setups, are discussed here. Levitated crystal structures of metamaterials using anisotropic microparticles are the most basic of the three. The second experiment examines whether quasicrystals of metamaterials are possible. Quasicrystals, discovered in the 1980's, possess so-called forbidden symmetries according to the conventional crystallography. The proposed experiment could answer many fundamental questions about structural, thermal and dynamical properties of quasicrystals. And finally, how to use nanoparticle coated microparticles to synthesize very long carbon nanotubes is also described. All of the experiments can fit inside a standard International Space Station locker with dimensions of 8-inch x 17-inch X 18-inch. Microgravity environment is deemed essential in particular for large 3D structures and very long carbon nanotube synthesis.

  16. Thin Films of Quasicrystals: Optical, Electronic, and Mechanical Properties

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    Symko, Orest G.

    1998-03-01

    In order to extend some of the unusual properties of quasicrystals toward practical applications and to study fundamental aspects of these properties, we have developed a technology for the deposition of high quality thin films of quasicrystals on a variety of substrates. Mechanical support for the thin films is provided by the substrate as bulk quasicrystals are brittle. We have applied the thin films to studies of their optical, electrical, and mechanical properties as well as to coatings of biomedical devices. An important characteristic of a quasicrystal is its pseudogap in the electronic density of states; it is determined directly from optical transmission measurements. Optical and mechanical characteristics of the thin films provide strong support for the cluster nature of quasicrystals and emphasize their importance for coatings. When used in biomedical devices, thin film quasicrystalline coatings show remarkable strength, low friction, and non-stick behavior. This work was in collaboration with W. Park, E. Abdel-Rahman, and T. Klein.

  17. Ultra-high efficient solar cell based on decagonal arrays of silicon nanowires

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    Hussein, Mohamed; Hameed, Mohamed Farhat O.; Areed, Nihal F. F.; Obayya, Salah Sabry A.

    2014-11-01

    Silicon nanowires (SiNWs) are the subject of intense research in solar energy harvesting due to their unique electrical and optical characteristics. The transmission, reflection, and absorption spectra of decagonal Si NWs (D-SiNWs) solar cells have been calculated using a three-dimensional finite-difference time-domain method to present a design guideline for ultra-high efficiency SiNW in solar cell applications. In this study, the structure geometrical parameters of the suggested design are tuned to maximize light absorption. The ultimate efficiency is used to quantify the absorption enhancement of the SiNWs solar cells. A maximum ultimate efficiency of 39.3% is achieved for the reported D-SiNWs, which is greater than that of the previous work of slanting Si NWs by 17.49%.

  18. Multiple scattering of light in three-dimensional photonic quasicrystals.

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    Ledermann, Alexandra; Wiersma, Diederik S; Wegener, Martin; von Freymann, Georg

    2009-02-01

    Recent experiments on three-dimensional icosahedral dielectric photonic quasicrystals have shown several unexpected features: transmitted femtosecond pulses developed a trailing "diffusive" exponential tail and the sum of (zeroth-order) transmittance and reflectance was well below unity. These experimental findings have previously been ascribed to sample imperfections. Here, we analyze these findings by using 3D periodic approximants of the ideal photonic quasicrystals. We show that the experimental observations can be explained in terms of multiple scattering of light within these structures, i.e., in terms of intrinsic rather than purely extrinsic quasicrystal properties.

  19. Fibonacci optical lattices for tunable quantum quasicrystals

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    Singh, K.; Saha, K.; Parameswaran, S. A.; Weld, D. M.

    2015-12-01

    We describe a quasiperiodic optical lattice, created by a physical realization of the abstract cut-and-project construction underlying all quasicrystals. The resulting potential is a generalization of the Fibonacci tiling. Calculation of the energies and wave functions of ultracold atoms loaded into such a lattice demonstrate a multifractal energy spectrum, a singular continuous momentum-space structure, and the existence of controllable edge states. These results open the door to cold atom quantum simulation experiments in tunable or dynamic quasicrystalline potentials, including topological pumping of edge states and phasonic spectroscopy.

  20. About the atomic structures of icosahedral quasicrystals

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    Quiquandon, Marianne; Gratias, Denis

    2014-01-01

    This paper is a survey of the crystallographic methods that have been developed these last twenty five years to decipher the atomic structures of the icosahedral stable quasicrystals since their discovery in 1982 by D. Shechtman. After a brief recall of the notion of quasiperiodicity and the natural description of Z-modules in 3-dim as projection of regular lattices in N>3-dim spaces, we give the basic geometrical ingredients useful to describe icosahedral quasicrystals as irrational 3-dim cuts of ordinary crystals in 6-dim space. Atoms are described by atomic surfaces (ASs) that are bounded volumes in the internal (or perpendicular) 3-dim space and the intersections of which with the physical space are the actual atomic positions. The main part of the paper is devoted to finding the major properties of quasicrystalline icosahedral structures. As experimentally demonstrated, they can be described with a surprisingly few high symmetry ASs located at high symmetry special points in 6-dim space. The atomic structures are best described by aggregations and intersections of high symmetry compact interpenetrating atomic clusters. We show here that the experimentally relevant clusters are derived from one generic cluster made of two concentric triacontahedra scaled by τ and an external icosidodecahedron. Depending on which ones of the orbits of this cluster are eventually occupied by atoms, the actual atomic clusters are of type Bergman, Mackay, Tsai and others….

  1. Emergent quasicrystals in strongly correlated systems

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    Sagi, Eran; Nussinov, Zohar

    2016-07-01

    Commensurability is of paramount importance in numerous strongly interacting electronic systems. In the fractional quantum Hall effect, a rich cascade of increasingly narrow plateaux appear at larger denominator filling fractions. Rich commensurate structures also emerge, at certain filling fractions, in high temperature superconductors and other electronic systems. A natural question concerns the character of these and other electronic systems at irrational filling fractions. Here we demonstrate that quasicrystalline structures naturally emerge in these situations, and trigger behaviors not typically expected of periodic systems. We first show that irrationally filled quantum Hall systems cross over into quasiperiodically ordered configuration in the thin-torus limit. Using known properties of quasicrystals, we argue that these states are unstable against the effects of disorder, in agreement with the existence of quantum Hall plateaux. We then study analogous physical situations in a system of cold Rydberg atoms placed on an optical lattice. Such an experimental setup is generally disorder free, and can therefore be used to detect the emergent quasicrystals we predict. We discuss similar situations in the Falicov-Kimball model, where known exact results can be used to establish quasicrystalline structures in one and two dimensions. We briefly speculate on possible relations between our theoretical findings and the existence of glassy dynamics and other features of strongly correlated electronic systems.

  2. Impact of stone content on soil moisture measurement with capacitive sensors 10HS (Decagon)

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    Deraedt, Deborah; Bernard, Julien; Bietlot, Louise; Clerbois, Laura; Rosière, Clément; Starren, Amandine; Colinet, Gilles; Mercatoris, Benoit; Degré, Aurore

    2015-04-01

    Lot of soil survey focused on agricultural soils. For practical reasons, those soils have a low stone content. So, most of the soil water content sensors are placed on low stone content soils and the calibration equations are developed for them. Yet some researches take an interest in forest soils that are often much different from the previous ones. The differences lie in their stone content and their slope. Lots of studies have proved the importance of making soil specific calibration of the soil water content sensor. As our lab use regularly the 10HS sensors (Decagon Devices, United States) in forested soil, we decided to evaluate the importance of the stone content in the soil moisture measurement. The soil used for this experimentation comes from Gembloux (50°33'54.9''N, 4°42'11.3''E). It is silt that has been sieved at 2 mm to remove the gravel. The stones used to form the samples come from an experimental site located in the Belgian Ardennes (50°1'52.6''N, 4°53'22.5''E). They are mainly composed of schist with some quartz and sandstone elements. Initially, only five samples were constructed with three replications each. The size and the proportion of stones were the variables. Stones were classified in two groups, the first contains gravels whose size is less than 1,5 cm and a the second contains gravels whose size is comprised between 2 and 3 cm. The proportions of stone selected for the experiment are 0, 20 and 40%. In order to generate validation data, two more samples were constructed with intermediate proportion of stone content (30%). The samples were built in PVC container which dimensions are slightly bigger than the sensor volume of influence (1.1-1.3l). The soil samples were saturated and then dried on a thermal chamber set at about 32°C. During at least 14 days, the samples soil water content was determined by the sensor measurement with the Procheck read-out system (Decagon Devices, United State) and by weighting the samples thrice a day

  3. A stable Ti-based quasicrystal

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    Kelton, K.F.; Kim, W.J.; Stroud, R.M.

    1997-06-01

    The thermal stability of the icosahedral phase (i phase) in Ti{sub 45}Zr{sub 38}Ni{sub 17} alloys is demonstrated. As-cast alloys containing initially only the C14 hexagonal Laves and {alpha}-solid-solution phases transformed primarily to the icosahedral phase upon annealing in vacuum for 64 h at 570{degree}C. This confirms previous evidence for i-phase stability and firmly establishes this quasicrystal as the first nonaluminum stable icosahedral phase. Diffraction data show that this stable i phase is primitive; energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy measurements place its composition near Ti{sub 41.5}Zr{sub 41.5}Ni{sub 17}. These and other results suggest that the structure of this i phase is similar to that of i(AlLiCu). {copyright} {ital 1997 American Institute of Physics.}

  4. Magnetic moments and non-Fermi-liquid behavior in quasicrystals

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    Andrade, Eric

    Motivated by the intrinsic non-Fermi-liquid behavior observed in the heavy-fermion quasicrystal Au51Al34Yb15, we study the low-temperature behavior of dilute magnetic impurities placed in metallic quasicrystals. We find that a large fraction of the magnetic moments are not quenched down to very low temperatures, leading to a power-law distribution of Kondo temperatures, accompanied by a non-Fermi-liquid behavior, in a remarkable similarity to the Kondo-disorder scenario found in disordered heavy-fermion metals. This work was supported by FAPESP (Brazil) Grant No. 2013/00681-8.

  5. Spin waves in one-dimensional bicomponent magnonic quasicrystals

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    Rychły, J.; Kłos, J. W.; Mruczkiewicz, M.; Krawczyk, M.

    2015-08-01

    We studied a finite Fibonacci sequence of Co and Py stripes aligned side by side and in direct contact with each other. Calculations based on a continuous model, including exchange and dipole interactions, were performed for structures feasible for fabrication and characterization of the main properties of magnonic quasicrystals. We have shown the fractal structure of the magnonic spectrum with a number of magnonic gaps of different widths. Moreover, localization of spin waves in quasicrystals and the existence of surface spin waves in finite quaiscrystal structure is demonstrated.

  6. Degenerate Quasicrystal of Hard Triangular Bipyramids Stabilized by Entropic Forces

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    Haji-Akbari, Amir; Engel, Michael; Glotzer, Sharon

    2012-02-01

    The assembly of hard polyhedra into novel ordered structures has recently received much attention. Here we focus on triangular bipyramids (TBPs)- i.e. dimers of hard tetrahedra- which pack densely in a simple triclinic crystal with two particles per unit cell [1]. This packing is referred to as the TBP crystal. We show that hard TBPs do not form this densest packing in simulation. Instead, they assemble into a different, far more complicated structure, a dodecagonal quasicrystal, which, in the level of monomers, is identical to the quasicrystal recently discovered in the hard tetrahedron system [2], but the way that tetrahedra pair into TBPs in the nearest neighbor network is random, making it the first degenerate quasicrystal reported in the literature [3]. This notion of degeneracy is in the level of decorating individual tiles and is different from the degeneracy of a quasiperiodic random tiling arising from phason flips [4]. The (3.4.3^2.4) approximant of the quasicrystal is shown to be more stable than the TBP crystal at densities below 79.7%.[4pt] [1] Chen ER, Engel M, Sharon SC, Disc. Comp. Geom. 44:253 (2010).[0pt] [2] Haji-Akbari A, Engel M, et al. Nature 462:773 (2009).[0pt] [3] Haji-Akbari A, Engel M, Glotzer SC, arXiv:1106.5561 [PRL, in press].[0pt] [4] Elser V, PRL 54: 1730 (1985)

  7. Properties- and applications of quasicrystals and complex metallic alloys.

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    Dubois, Jean-Marie

    2012-10-21

    This article aims at an account of what is known about the potential for applications of quasicrystals and related compounds, the so-called family of Complex Metallic Alloys (CMAs‡). Attention is focused at aluminium-based CMAs, which comprise a large number of crystalline compounds and quasicrystals made of aluminium alloyed with transition metals (like Fe or Cu) or normal metals like Mg. Depending on composition, the structural complexity varies from a few atoms per unit cell up to thousands of atoms. Quasicrystals appear then as CMAs of ultimate complexity and exhibit a lattice that shows no periodicity anymore in the usual 3-dimensional space. Properties change dramatically with lattice complexity and turn the metal-type behaviour of simple Al-based crystals into a far more complex behaviour, with a fingerprint of semi-conductors that may be exploited in various applications, potential or realised. An account of the ones known to the author is given in the light of the relevant properties, namely light absorption, reduced adhesion and friction, heat insulation, reinforcement of composites for mechanical devices, and few more exotic ones. The role played by the search for applications of quasicrystals in the development of the field is briefly addressed in the concluding section.

  8. Green's functions of one-dimensional quasicrystal bi-material with piezoelectric effect

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    Zhang, Liangliang; Wu, Di; Xu, Wenshuai; Yang, Lianzhi; Ricoeur, Andreas; Wang, Zhibin; Gao, Yang

    2016-09-01

    Based on the Stroh formalism of one-dimensional quasicrystals with piezoelectric effect, the problems of an infinite plane composed of two different quasicrystal half-planes are taken into account. The solutions of the internal and interfacial Green's functions of quasicrystal bi-material are obtained. Moreover, numerical examples are analyzed for a quasicrystal bi-material subjected to line forces or line dislocations, showing the contour maps of the coupled fields. The impacts of changing material constants on the coupled field components are investigated.

  9. Influence factors of polarization-independent focusing by octagonal photonic quasicrystal

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    Ren, K.; Ren, X. B.

    2011-04-01

    The focusing property of electromagnetic wave is investigated by a flat slab made of octagonal photonic quasicrystal. We obtain polarization-independent focusing by use of the all-dielectric photonic quasicrystal. The influence of geometrical factors of photonic quasicrystal on the focusing property for TM and TE polarizations is explored in detail. The results show that two orthogonal polarizations have a common focus point only under certain proper condition. Our results may be a useful guidance for the fabrication of lens devices capable of polarization-independent focusing by photonic quasicrystal.

  10. Composition-driven spin glass to ferromagnetic transition in the quasicrystal approximant Au-Al-Gd

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    Ishikawa, A.; Hiroto, T.; Tokiwa, K.; Fujii, T.; Tamura, R.

    2016-01-01

    We investigated the composition dependence of the magnetic susceptibility of the quasicrystal approximant Au-Al-Gd. A composition-driven ferromagnetic transition is observed in a quasicrystal approximant, which is attributed to the Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida (RKKY) oscillation via a variation in the Fermi wave vector. The ferromagnetic transition is most simply understood as a result of the close matching of the nearest and second-nearest spin distances with the maximum positions of the RKKY potential. The present work provides an idea that allows us to tailor the magnetic order via the electron concentration in quasicrystal approximants as well as in quasicrystals.

  11. Optical Mode Control by Geometric Phase in Quasicrystal Metasurface

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    Yulevich, Igor; Maguid, Elhanan; Shitrit, Nir; Veksler, Dekel; Kleiner, Vladimir; Hasman, Erez

    2015-11-01

    We report on the observation of optical spin-controlled modes from a quasicrystalline metasurface as a result of an aperiodic geometric phase induced by anisotropic subwavelength structure. When geometric phase defects are introduced in the aperiodic structured surface, the modes exhibit polarization helicity dependence resulting in the optical spin-Hall effect. The radiative thermal dispersion bands from a quasicrystal structure are studied where the observed bands arise from the optical spin-orbit interaction induced by the aperiodic space-variant orientations of anisotropic antennas. The optical spin-flip behavior of the revealed modes that arise from the geometric phase pickup is experimentally observed within the visible spectrum by measuring the spin-projected diffraction patterns. The introduced ability to manipulate the light-matter interaction of quasicrystals in a spin-dependent manner provides the route for molding light via spin-optical aperiodic artificial planar surfaces.

  12. Optical Mode Control by Geometric Phase in Quasicrystal Metasurface.

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    Yulevich, Igor; Maguid, Elhanan; Shitrit, Nir; Veksler, Dekel; Kleiner, Vladimir; Hasman, Erez

    2015-11-13

    We report on the observation of optical spin-controlled modes from a quasicrystalline metasurface as a result of an aperiodic geometric phase induced by anisotropic subwavelength structure. When geometric phase defects are introduced in the aperiodic structured surface, the modes exhibit polarization helicity dependence resulting in the optical spin-Hall effect. The radiative thermal dispersion bands from a quasicrystal structure are studied where the observed bands arise from the optical spin-orbit interaction induced by the aperiodic space-variant orientations of anisotropic antennas. The optical spin-flip behavior of the revealed modes that arise from the geometric phase pickup is experimentally observed within the visible spectrum by measuring the spin-projected diffraction patterns. The introduced ability to manipulate the light-matter interaction of quasicrystals in a spin-dependent manner provides the route for molding light via spin-optical aperiodic artificial planar surfaces.

  13. Distributed Hybridization Model for Quantum Critical Behavior in Magnetic Quasicrystals

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    Otsuki, Junya; Kusunose, Hiroaki

    2016-07-01

    A quantum critical behavior of the magnetic susceptibility was observed in a quasicrystal containing ytterbium. At the same time, a mixed-valence feature of Yb ions was reported, which appears to be incompatible with the magnetic instability. We derive the magnetic susceptibility by expressing the quasiperiodicity as the distributed hybridization strength between Yb 4f and conduction electrons. Assuming a wide distribution of the hybridization strength, the most f electrons behave as renormalized paramagnetic states in the Kondo or mixed-valence regime, but a small number of f moments remain unscreened. As a result, the bulk magnetic susceptibility exhibits a nontrivial power-law-like behavior, while the average f-electron occupation is that of mixed-valence systems. This model thus resolves two contradictory properties of Yb quasicrystals.

  14. Direct observations of local electronic states in an Al-based quasicrystal by STEM-EELS.

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    Seki, Takehito; Abe, Eiji

    2014-11-01

    Most quasicrystals (QCs) reveal pseudogaps in their density of states around Fermi level, and hence the stability of QCs have been discussed in terms of energetic gains in electron systems. In fact, many QCs have been discovered by tuning valence electron density based on Hume-Rothery rule. Therefore, understanding electronic structures in QCs may provide an important clue for their stabilization mechanism. Generally, it has been frequently discussed based on an interaction between Fermi surface and Brillouin zone boundary within the framework of nearly free electron model, which is believed to be an underlying physics of a Hume-Rothery's empirical criteria. However the hybridization effect also stabilize electron system, particularly in Al-transition metal system, in which a lot of quasicrystalline phases were discovered. Therefore, the electronic structures of QCs have not yet been fully understood, whereas their atomic structures have been studied well in terms of configuration entropy by scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) [1]. In the present work, we investigate local electronic states in Al-based QCs using electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) combined with STEM, by which EELS spectra with sub-Å probe and atomic structure can be obtained simultaneously. We report STEM-EELS results on AlCuIr decagonal phases [2].jmicro;63/suppl_1/i17-a/DFU069F1F1DFU069F1Fig. 1.Core-loss edges obtained from cluster-centers and cluster-edges. Al L1 (left) Ir O23, Ir N67 (center) and Cu L23 (right). Principal components analysis clearly shows up the atomic-site dependence of plasmon loss spectra in a two-dimensional map. Qualitatively, there seems to be certain correlations between the plasmon peaks and the core-loss edges, Al L1, Ir O23, Ir N67 and Cu L23, all of which reveal different behaviors at the cluster centers and the edges (Fig. 1). All results indicate the cluster centers have metallic states and the cluster edges have covalent states in comparison

  15. Multiple diffraction in an icosahedral Al-Cu-Fe quasicrystal

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    Fan, C. Z.; Weber, Th.; Deloudi, S.; Steurer, W.

    2011-07-01

    In order to reveal its influence on quasicrystal structure analysis, multiple diffraction (MD) effects in an icosahedral Al-Cu-Fe quasicrystal have been investigated in-house on an Oxford Diffraction four-circle diffractometer equipped with an Onyx™ CCD area detector and MoKα radiation. For that purpose, an automated approach for Renninger scans (ψ-scans) has been developed. Two weak reflections were chosen as the main reflections (called P) in the present measurements. As is well known for periodic crystals, it is also observed for this quasicrystal that the intensity of the main reflection may significantly increase if the simultaneous (H) and the coupling (P-H) reflections are both strong, while there is no obvious MD effect if one of them is weak. The occurrence of MD events during ψ-scans has been studied based on an ideal structure model and the kinematical MD theory. The reliability of the approach is revealed by the good agreement between simulation and experiment. It shows that the multiple diffraction effect is quite significant.

  16. Studies of Hydrogen in Ti-Based Quasicrystals

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    Viano, A. M.; Gibbons, P. C.; Kelton, K. F.

    1996-03-01

    The presumed polytetrahedral order and the favorable hydrogen-metal chemistry make Ti-based quasicrystals candidate materials for hydrogen storage applications. The icosahedral phase in tzn453817 has been shown to absorb up to 62 atomic percent of hydrogen with no structural transformation. This is accompanied by a 7% increase in the quasilattice parameter. An oxide layer on the surface of the rapidly quenched quasicrystalline ribbons acts as a barrier to hydrogen absorption by direct gas exposure, and thus alternative loading techniques have been developed and will be discussed. The absorption kinetics and storage capacity are far better for the quasicrystal than for the associated amorphous and crystalline phases in TiZrNi. Two distinct types of fundamental clusters have been propsed for icosahedral phases, the Mackay icoasahedron and the Pauling triacontahedron. Calculations of the distances between tetrahedral interstitial sites in these clusters permits a determination of the maximum number of hydrogen atoms allowed in each cluster. Hydrogen storage ability, then, can be used to determine the cluster type for various icosahedral phase alloys. Hydrogenated quasicrystals constitute a novel metal-hydride system that allows new basic studies and has technological potential for energy applications.

  17. Hydrogen Characteristics of Ti-Based Icosahedral Quasicrystals

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    Viano, A. M.; Hanneken, J. W.; Kelton, K. F.; Gibbons, P. C.

    1997-03-01

    The ability of Ti-based icosahedral quasicrystals to store significant amounts of hydrogen is now well-known. Up to 64 atomic percent of hydrogen can be stored in Ti_45Zr_38Ni_17 with only a small fraction of the sample transforming to crystalline hydrides. The amount of crystalline phase present depends on both the method of hydrogenation and the surface preparation of the sample. The surface oxide layer, which has been characterized in air-exposed samples, greatly influences the absorption and desorption kinetics. To accurately determine the hydrogen characteristics, studies were performed on unoxidized, powdered quasicrystalline Ti_xZr_yNiz This was accomplished by gently ball-milling the as-quenched quasicrystalline ribbons in a stainless-steel vessel which was then connected directly to a modified Sieverts' apparatus. Absorption and desorption rates for the quasicrystal will be discussed and compared to those for other related alloys. The saturation limit of hydrogen in the quasicrystal, as measured from a determination of the pressure-composition isotherms, will also be presented.

  18. Superior room-temperature ductility of typically brittle quasicrystals at small sizes

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    Zou, Yu; Kuczera, Pawel; Sologubenko, Alla; Sumigawa, Takashi; Kitamura, Takayuki; Steurer, Walter; Spolenak, Ralph

    2016-08-01

    The discovery of quasicrystals three decades ago unveiled a class of matter that exhibits long-range order but lacks translational periodicity. Owing to their unique structures, quasicrystals possess many unusual properties. However, a well-known bottleneck that impedes their widespread application is their intrinsic brittleness: plastic deformation has been found to only be possible at high temperatures or under hydrostatic pressures, and their deformation mechanism at low temperatures is still unclear. Here, we report that typically brittle quasicrystals can exhibit remarkable ductility of over 50% strains and high strengths of ~4.5 GPa at room temperature and sub-micrometer scales. In contrast to the generally accepted dominant deformation mechanism in quasicrystals--dislocation climb, our observation suggests that dislocation glide may govern plasticity under high-stress and low-temperature conditions. The ability to plastically deform quasicrystals at room temperature should lead to an improved understanding of their deformation mechanism and application in small-scale devices.

  19. Speculation of equilibrium pressure of Ti36Zr40Ni20Pd4 icosahedral quasicrystal

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    Huang, Huogen; Chen, Liang

    2015-08-01

    Ti-Zr-Ni quasicrystals have been demonstrated to store a large number of hydrogen atoms, which implies strong potential application in hydrogen energy field for them. However, the desorption of hydrogen atoms in the quasicrystals is quite difficult, with the indication of high desorption temperature and slow desorption rate. The shortage limits their use in the field to a large extent. But this kind of quasicrystals might be used in nuclear fusion energy field, because tritium as a coral fuel for nuclear fusion needs tight storage. However, equilibrium pressure at room temperature of Ti-Zr-Ni quasicrystals, important for their application in fusion energy field, has not been clear yet. In this work, we designed a gas-solid reaction system with the pressure resolution of 10-8Pa and carried out hydrogen desorption investigation at different temperatures on Ti36Zr40Ni20Pd4 icosahedral quasicrystal. Based on three Pressure-Composition-Temperature desorption curves, we speculate according to Van't Hoff theory about hydrogen storage that its equilibrium pressure at room temperature could be at the magnitude of 10-6Pa, displaying good stability of hydrogen in the quasicrystal and also implying application prospects in fusion energy field for quasicrystals of this type.

  20. Evidence for the extraterrestrial origin of a natural quasicrystal

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    Bindi, Luca; Eiler, John M.; Guan, Yunbin; Hollister, Lincoln S.; MacPherson, Glenn; Steinhardt, Paul J.; Yao, Nan

    2012-01-01

    We present evidence that a rock sample found in the Koryak Mountains in Russia and containing icosahedrite, an icosahedral quasicrystalline phase with composition Al63Cu24Fe13, is part of a meteorite, likely formed in the early solar system about 4.5 Gya. The quasicrystal grains are intergrown with diopside, forsterite, stishovite, and additional metallic phases [khatyrkite (CuAl2), cupalite (CuAl), and β-phase (AlCuFe)]. This assemblage, in turn, is enclosed in a white rind consisting of diopside, hedenbergite, spinel (MgAl2O4), nepheline, and forsterite. Particularly notable is a grain of stishovite (from the interior), a tetragonal polymorph of silica that only occurs at ultrahigh pressures (≥10 Gpa), that contains an inclusion of quasicrystal. An extraterrestrial origin is inferred from secondary ion mass spectrometry 18O/16O and 17O/16O measurements of the pyroxene and olivine intergrown with the metal that show them to have isotopic compositions unlike any terrestrial minerals and instead overlap those of anhydrous phases in carbonaceous chondrite meteorites. The spinel from the white rind has an isotopic composition suggesting that it was part of a calcium-aluminum-rich inclusion similar to those found in CV3 chondrites. The mechanism that produced this exotic assemblage is not yet understood. The assemblage (metallic copper-aluminum alloy) is extremely reduced, and the close association of aluminum (high temperature refractory lithophile) with copper (low temperature chalcophile) is unexpected. Nevertheless, our evidence indicates that quasicrystals can form naturally under astrophysical conditions and remain stable over cosmic timescales, giving unique insights on their existence in nature and stability. PMID:22215583

  1. Evidence for the extraterrestrial origin of a natural quasicrystal.

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    Bindi, Luca; Eiler, John M; Guan, Yunbin; Hollister, Lincoln S; MacPherson, Glenn; Steinhardt, Paul J; Yao, Nan

    2012-01-31

    We present evidence that a rock sample found in the Koryak Mountains in Russia and containing icosahedrite, an icosahedral quasicrystalline phase with composition Al(63)Cu(24)Fe(13), is part of a meteorite, likely formed in the early solar system about 4.5 Gya. The quasicrystal grains are intergrown with diopside, forsterite, stishovite, and additional metallic phases [khatyrkite (CuAl(2)), cupalite (CuAl), and β-phase (AlCuFe)]. This assemblage, in turn, is enclosed in a white rind consisting of diopside, hedenbergite, spinel (MgAl(2)O(4)), nepheline, and forsterite. Particularly notable is a grain of stishovite (from the interior), a tetragonal polymorph of silica that only occurs at ultrahigh pressures (≥ 10 Gpa), that contains an inclusion of quasicrystal. An extraterrestrial origin is inferred from secondary ion mass spectrometry (18)O/(16)O and (17)O/(16)O measurements of the pyroxene and olivine intergrown with the metal that show them to have isotopic compositions unlike any terrestrial minerals and instead overlap those of anhydrous phases in carbonaceous chondrite meteorites. The spinel from the white rind has an isotopic composition suggesting that it was part of a calcium-aluminum-rich inclusion similar to those found in CV3 chondrites. The mechanism that produced this exotic assemblage is not yet understood. The assemblage (metallic copper-aluminum alloy) is extremely reduced, and the close association of aluminum (high temperature refractory lithophile) with copper (low temperature chalcophile) is unexpected. Nevertheless, our evidence indicates that quasicrystals can form naturally under astrophysical conditions and remain stable over cosmic timescales, giving unique insights on their existence in nature and stability. PMID:22215583

  2. Quasicrystal-Crystal Transformation in Zn-Mg-Rare-Earth Alloys

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    Abe, Eiji; Tsai, An Pang

    1999-07-01

    We report a reversible phase transformation between the icosahedral Zn-Mg-rare-earth(RE) quasicrystal and the hexagonal crystal being not composed of any giant icosahedral atomic cluster. This clearly shows that the large atomic cluster is not an essential atomic configuration for quasicrystal formation. A structural unit of the Zn-Mg-RE icosahedral quasicrystal is suggested to be not an icosahedral atomic cluster such as the Mackay or Bergman type which have been successfully used for the structural description of the Al-based icosahedral quasicrystalline phases.

  3. Modeling liquid-liquid phase transitions and quasicrystal formation

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    Skibinsky, Anna

    In this thesis, studies which concern two different subjects related to phase transitions in fluids and crystalline solids are presented. Condensed matter formation, structure, and phase transitions are modeled using molecular dynamics simulations of simple discontinuous potentials with attractive and repulsive interactions. Novel phase diagrams are proposed for quasicrystals, crystals, and liquids. In the first part of the thesis, the formation of a quasicrystal in a two dimensional monodisperse system is investigated using molecular dynamics simulations of hard sphere particles interacting via a two-dimensional square-well potential. It is found that for certain values of the square-well parameters more than one stable crystalline phase can form. By quenching the liquid phase at a very low temperature, an amorphous phase is obtained. When this the amorphous phase is heated, a quasicrystalline structure with five-fold symmetry forms. From estimations of the Helmholtz potentials of the stable crystalline phases and of the quasicrystal, it is concluded that within a specific temperature range, the observed quasicrystal phase can be the stable phase. The second part of the thesis concerns a study of the liquid-liquid phase transition for a single-component system in three dimensions, interacting via an isotropic potential with a repulsive soft-core shoulder at short distance and an attractive well at an intermediate distance. The potential is similar to potentials used to describe such liquid systems as colloids, protein solutions, or liquid metals. It is shown that the phase diagram for such a potential can have two lines of first-order fluid-fluid phase transitions: one separating a gas and a low-density liquid (LDL), and another between the LDL and a high-density liquid (HDL). Both phase transition lines end in a critical point, a gas-LDL critical point and, depending on the potential parameters, either a gas-HDL critical point or a LDL-HDL critical point. A

  4. Thermal conductivity of one-dimensional Fibonacci quasicrystals

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    Maciá, Enrique

    2000-03-01

    We consider a general Fibonacci quasicrystal (FQC) in which both the masses and the elastic constants are aperiodically arranged. Making use of a suitable decimation scheme, inspired by real-space renormalization-group concepts, we obtain closed analytical expressions for the global transfer matrix and transmission coefficient for several resonant critical normal modes. The fractal structure of the frequency spectrum significantly influences both the cumulative contribution of the different normal modes to the thermal transport and the dependence of the thermal conductivity with the temperature over a wide temperature range. The role of resonant effects in the heat transport through the FQC is numerically and analytically discussed.

  5. Observation and Structure Determination of an Oxide Quasicrystal Approximant

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    Förster, S.; Trautmann, M.; Roy, S.; Adeagbo, W. A.; Zollner, E. M.; Hammer, R.; Schumann, F. O.; Meinel, K.; Nayak, S. K.; Mohseni, K.; Hergert, W.; Meyerheim, H. L.; Widdra, W.

    2016-08-01

    We report on the first observation of an approximant structure to the recently discovered two-dimensional oxide quasicrystal. Using scanning tunneling microscopy, low-energy electron diffraction, and surface x-ray diffraction in combination with ab initio calculations, the atomic structure and the bonding scheme are determined. The oxide approximant follows a 32 .4.3.4 Archimedean tiling. Ti atoms reside at the corners of each tiling element and are threefold coordinated to oxygen atoms. Ba atoms separate the TiO3 clusters, leading to a fundamental edge length of the tiling 6.7 Å.

  6. Photonic quasi-crystal fiber with high birefringence

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    Liu, Hongfei; Xiao, Wei; Cai, Weicheng; Liu, Exian; Feng, Bo; Wang, Ziming; Liang, Taiyuan; Wang, Shuo; Liu, Jianjun

    2016-03-01

    A high-birefringence photonic quasi-crystal fiber (HB-PQF) based on SiO2 is proposed. The relationships between birefringence and structure parameters and between beat length and structure parameters are researched by finite difference beam propagation method. With the optimization of fiber structure parameters, the birefringence is 1.4207×10-2, which is two orders of magnitude higher than the normally used fiber when the wavelength is 1.55 μm. The radius of the fiber is 6.5 μm. The HB-PQF in a communication sensor will have important application prospects.

  7. Observation and Structure Determination of an Oxide Quasicrystal Approximant.

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    Förster, S; Trautmann, M; Roy, S; Adeagbo, W A; Zollner, E M; Hammer, R; Schumann, F O; Meinel, K; Nayak, S K; Mohseni, K; Hergert, W; Meyerheim, H L; Widdra, W

    2016-08-26

    We report on the first observation of an approximant structure to the recently discovered two-dimensional oxide quasicrystal. Using scanning tunneling microscopy, low-energy electron diffraction, and surface x-ray diffraction in combination with ab initio calculations, the atomic structure and the bonding scheme are determined. The oxide approximant follows a 3^{2}.4.3.4 Archimedean tiling. Ti atoms reside at the corners of each tiling element and are threefold coordinated to oxygen atoms. Ba atoms separate the TiO_{3} clusters, leading to a fundamental edge length of the tiling 6.7 Å. PMID:27610863

  8. What periodicities can be found in diffraction patterns of quasicrystals?

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    Wolny, Janusz; Kozakowski, Bartlomiej; Kuczera, Pawel; Pytlik, Lucjan; Strzalka, Radoslaw

    2014-03-01

    The structure of quasicrystals is aperiodic. Their diffraction patterns, however, can be considered periodic. They are composed solely of series of peaks which exhibit a fully periodic arrangement in reciprocal space. Furthermore, the peak intensities in each series define the so-called `envelope function'. A Fourier transform of the envelope function gives an average unit cell, whose definition is based on the statistical distribution of atomic coordinates in physical space. If such a distribution is lifted to higher-dimensional space, it becomes the so-called atomic surface - the most fundamental feature of higher-dimensional analysis. PMID:24572319

  9. Monte Carlo simulations of icosahedral quasicrystal growth and melting

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    Dmitrienko, V. E.; Astaf'ev, S. B.; Kléman, M.

    1999-01-01

    Three-dimensional Monte Carlo simulations for atomic growth and melting of icosahedral quasicrystals are presented. It is supposed that the atoms can be locally ordered both icosahedrally and dodecahedrally, and the preferred ordering arises during the growth according to statistical and energetical criteria. All the waiting positions (where an atom could be in principle added) are generated on the cluster surface at every stage of the growth. The binding energies of all atoms and all waiting positions are computed with an oscillating Friedel potential. Then an object, chosen at random from the joined list of surface atoms and waiting positions, is treated according to the Metropolis criterion. The suggested growth process is completely local. It is found that the speed and sign of the process and the resulting structures depend strongly on the growth parameters. Most frequently, the main structural motif of grown clusters is the dodecahedral local ordering (DLO) whereas the icosahedral local ordering (ILO) is usually rare. However, the latter becomes dominant for rather exotic interatomic potentials or for high growth rates. The phenomenon of critical seed size is observed: for those parameters, for which large clusters grow, small enough seeds stop to grow and may even melt. The grown quasicrystals are faceted and their sizes in perpendicular space are rather close to those predicted theoretically and observed experimentally.

  10. NMR and NQR study of the thermodynamically stable quasicrystals

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    Shastri, A.

    1995-02-10

    {sup 27}Al and {sup 61,65}Cu NMR measurements are reported for powder samples of stable AlCuFe and AlCuRu icosahedral quasicrystals and their crystalline approximants, and for a AlPdMn single grain quasicrystal. Furthermore, {sup 27}Al NQR spectra at 4.2 K have been observed in the AlCuFe and AlCuRu samples. From the quadrupole perturbed NMR spectra at different magnetic fields, and from the zero field NQR spectra, a wide distribution of local electric field gradient (EFG) tensor components and principal axis system orientations was found at the Al site. A model EFG calculation based on a 1/1 AlCuFe approximant was successful in explaining the observed NQR spectra. It is concluded that the average local gradient is largely determined by the p-electron wave function at the Al site, while the width of the distribution is due to the lattice contribution to the EFG. Comparison of {sup 63}Cu NMR with {sup 27}Al NMR shows that the EFG distribution at the two sites is similar, but that the electronic contribution to the EFG is considerably smaller at the Cu site, in agreement with a more s-type wave function of the conduction electrons.

  11. Self-similarity and self-inversion of quasicrystals

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    Madison, A. E.

    2014-08-01

    The discovery of quasicrystals played a revolutionary role in the condensed matter science and forced to renounce the dogma of the classical crystallography that the regular filling of the space by identical blocks is reduced solely to the Fedorov space groups. It is shown that aperiodic crystals, apart from the similarity, exhibit the self-inversion property. In a broadened sense, the self-inversion implies the possible composition of the inversion with translations, rotations, and homothety, whereas pure reflection by itself in a circle can be absent as an independent symmetry element. It is demonstrated that the symmetry of aperiodic tilings is described by Schottky groups (which belong to a particular type of Kleinian groups generated by the linear fractional Möbius transformations); in the theory of aperiodic crystals, the Schottky groups play the same role that the Fedorov groups play in the theory of crystal lattices. The local matching rules for the Penrose fractal tiling are derived, the problem of choice of the fundamental region of the group of motions of a quasicrystal is discussed, and the relation between the symmetry of aperiodic tilings and the symmetry of constructive fractals is analyzed.

  12. Atomic clusters and atomic surfaces in icosahedral quasicrystals.

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    Quiquandon, Marianne; Portier, Richard; Gratias, Denis

    2014-05-01

    This paper presents the basic tools commonly used to describe the atomic structures of quasicrystals with a specific focus on the icosahedral phases. After a brief recall of the main properties of quasiperiodic objects, two simple physical rules are discussed that lead one to eventually obtain a surprisingly small number of atomic structures as ideal quasiperiodic models for real quasicrystals. This is due to the fact that the atomic surfaces (ASs) used to describe all known icosahedral phases are located on high-symmetry special points in six-dimensional space. The first rule is maximizing the density using simple polyhedral ASs that leads to two possible sets of ASs according to the value of the six-dimensional lattice parameter A between 0.63 and 0.79 nm. The second rule is maximizing the number of complete orbits of high symmetry to construct as large as possible atomic clusters similar to those observed in complex intermetallic structures and approximant phases. The practical use of these two rules together is demonstrated on two typical examples of icosahedral phases, i-AlMnSi and i-CdRE (RE = Gd, Ho, Tm).

  13. Vortex quasi-crystals in mesoscopic superconducting samples

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    Wang, Jing-Kun; Zhang, Wei; R, Sá de Melo C. A.

    2016-08-01

    There seems to be a one to one correspondence between the phases of atomic and molecular matter (AMOM) and vortex matter (VM) in superfluids and superconductors. Crystals, liquids, and glasses have been experimentally observed in both AMOM and VM. Here, we propose a vortex quasi-crystal state which can be stabilized due to boundary and surface energy effects for samples of special shapes and sizes. For finite sized pentagonal samples, it is proposed that a phase transition between a vortex crystal and a vortex quasi-crystal occurs as a function of magnetic field and temperature as the sample size is reduced. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11274009, 11434011, and 111522436), the National Key Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2013CB922000), the Research Funds of Renmin University of China (Grant Nos. 10XNL016 and 16XNLQ03), and the Program of State Key Laboratory of Quantum Optics and Quantum Optics Devices (Grant No. KF201404).

  14. Strongly localized modes in one-dimensional defect-free magnonic quasicrystals

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    Chen, C. H.; Qiu, R. Z.; Chang, C. H.; Hsueh, W. J.

    2014-08-15

    Signal storage in magnonic quasicrystals using a slow spin-wave mode, rather than the quasinormal mode of traditional periodic magnonic crystals, is proposed, which is analogous to the slow light mode in the field of optics. Compared to traditional materials, richer and more wavelength-selective sharp resonances are achieved using the quasicrystals with a fewer number of layers, because of the peculiar fractal transmission spectra of quasicrystals. The number of sharp resonance and the quality factor for the sharp resonances in the transmission spectra also increases as the generation order of the magnonic quasicrystal increases. This generic nature allows the storage of signals using spin wave, for a wide range of quasiperiodic systems.

  15. Lasing from organic quasicrystal fabricated by seven- and nine-beam interference.

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    Luo, D; Li, Y; Xu, X W; Du, Q G

    2016-05-30

    We demonstrate mirrorless lasers based on all organic nanostructure fabricated by seven- and nine-beam interference using low contrast material, holographic polymer dispersed liquid crystals (H-PDLC). A finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) simulation is used to study the transmission of quasicrystal. The wavelengths of lasing peak are determined by both of local structure of quasicrystal that the pumping light experienced as well as the photoluminescence of laser dye doped. Features of mirrorless laser from quasicrystal based on H-PDLC include directional light source, low threshold, simple fabrication process, low cost and tunability. These properties make H-PDLC photonic quasicrystal promising for a new type of all organic miniature lasers. PMID:27410148

  16. Direct observation of solid-state reversed transformation from crystals to quasicrystals in a Mg alloy

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    Liu, Jian-Fang; Yang, Zhi-Qing; Ye, Heng-Qiang

    2015-01-01

    Phase transformation of quasicrystals is of interest in various fields of science and technology. Interestingly, we directly observed unexpected solid-state epitaxial nucleation and growth of Zn 6 Mg 3 Y icosahedral quasicrystals in a Mg alloy at about 573 K which is about 300 K below the melting point of Zn 6 Mg 3 Y, in contrast to formation of quasicrystals through solidification that was usually found in many alloys. Maximizing local packing density of atoms associated with segregation of Y and Zn in Mg adjacent to Mg/Zn 3 MgY interfaces triggered atomic rearrangement in Mg to form icosahedra coupled epitaxially with surface distorted icosahedra of Zn 3 MgY, which plays a critical role in the nucleation of icosahedral clusters. A local Zn:Mg:Y ratio close to 6:3:1, corresponding to a valence electron concentration of about 2.15, should have been reached to trigger the formation of quasicrystals at Mg/Zn 3 MgY interfaces. The solid-state icosahedral ordering in crystals opens a new window for growing quasicrystals and understanding their atomic origin mechanisms. Epitaxial growth of quasicrystals onto crystals can modify the surface/interface structures and properties of crystalline materials. PMID:26066096

  17. Direct observation of solid-state reversed transformation from crystals to quasicrystals in a Mg alloy.

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    Liu, Jian-Fang; Yang, Zhi-Qing; Ye, Heng-Qiang

    2015-06-12

    Phase transformation of quasicrystals is of interest in various fields of science and technology. Interestingly, we directly observed unexpected solid-state epitaxial nucleation and growth of Zn6Mg3Y icosahedral quasicrystals in a Mg alloy at about 573 K which is about 300 K below the melting point of Zn6Mg3Y, in contrast to formation of quasicrystals through solidification that was usually found in many alloys. Maximizing local packing density of atoms associated with segregation of Y and Zn in Mg adjacent to Mg/Zn3MgY interfaces triggered atomic rearrangement in Mg to form icosahedra coupled epitaxially with surface distorted icosahedra of Zn3MgY, which plays a critical role in the nucleation of icosahedral clusters. A local Zn:Mg:Y ratio close to 6:3:1, corresponding to a valence electron concentration of about 2.15, should have been reached to trigger the formation of quasicrystals at Mg/Zn3MgY interfaces. The solid-state icosahedral ordering in crystals opens a new window for growing quasicrystals and understanding their atomic origin mechanisms. Epitaxial growth of quasicrystals onto crystals can modify the surface/interface structures and properties of crystalline materials.

  18. Evidence from x-ray and neutron powder diffraction patterns that the so-called icosahedral and decagonal quasicrystals of MnAl/sub 6/ and other alloys are twinned cubic crystals

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    Pauling, L.

    1987-06-01

    It is shown that the x-ray powder diffraction patterns of rapidly quenched MnAl/sub 6/ and Mg/sub 32/(Al,Zn)/sub 49/ and the neutron powder diffraction pattern of MnAl/sub 5/ are compatible with the proposed 820-atom primitive cubic structure. The values found for the edge of the unit cube are 23.365 A (x-ray) and 23.416 A (neutron) for MnAl/sub 6/ and 24.313 A (x-ray) for Mg/sub 32/(Al,Zn)/sub 49/.

  19. Construction and 3-D computer modeling of connector arrays with tetragonal to decagonal transition induced by pRNA of phi29 DNA-packaging motor.

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    Guo, Yin Yin; Blocker, Forrest; Xiao, Feng; Guo, Peixuan

    2005-06-01

    The bottom-up assembly of patterned arrays is an exciting and important area in current nanotechnology. Arrays can be engineered to serve as components in chips for a virtually inexhaustible list of applications ranging from disease diagnosis to ultrahigh-density data storage. In attempting to achieve this goal, a number of methods to facilitate array design and production have been developed. Cloning and expression of the gene coding for the connector of the bacterial virus phi29 DNA-packaging motor, overproduction of the gene products, and the in vitro construction of large-scale carpet-like arrays composed of connector are described in this report. The stability of the arrays under various conditions, including varied pH, temperature and ionic strength, was tested. The addition of packaging RNA (pRNA) into the array caused a dramatic shift in array structure, and resulted in the conversion of tetragonal arrays into larger decagonal structures comprised of both protein and RNA. RNase digestion confirmed that the conformational shift was caused by pRNA, and that RNA was present in the decagons. As has been demonstrated in biomotors, conformational shift of motor components can generate force for motor motion. The conformational shift reported here can be utilized as a potential force-generating mechanism for the construction of nanomachines. Three-dimensional computer models of the constructed arrays were also produced using a variety of connector building blocks with or without the N- or C-terminal sequence, which is absent from the current published crystal structures. Both the connector array and the decagon are ideal candidates to be used as templates to build patterned suprastructures in nanotechnology.

  20. The interest of x-ray imaging for the study of defects in real quasicrystals

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    Gastaldi, J.; Mancini, L.; Reinier, E.; Cloetens, P.; Ludwig, W.; Janot, C.; Baruchel, J.; Härtwig, J.; Schlenker, M.

    1999-05-01

    The understanding of defects in quasicrystals has improved through x-ray imaging at ESRF, one of the first operating third-generation synchrotron radiation sources. These sources, while enhancing the possibilities of x-ray topography, opened the way to new techniques like phase contrast radiography and tomography. The combination of these techniques makes it possible to visualize and characterize both structural defects and inhomogeneities in the bulk of real quasicrystals. Defects exhibiting a loop-shaped contrast, previously observed by x-ray topography in both AlCuFe and AlPdMn quasicrystals, were related to inhomogeneities (holes and precipitates) revealed by phase radiography and tomography. The evolution of the defects after annealing provides clues on their nature and formation. The experimental results are discussed with reference to the existing structural models for quasicrystals. Those concerning holes are in fair agreement with the predictions of a theoretical model introduced by Janot et al to describe the structure of icosahedral AlPdMn quasicrystals in terms of hierarchical self-similar packing of overlapping atomic clusters.

  1. Thermal expansion of a Au-Al-Yb intermediate valence quasicrystal

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    Watanuki, T.; Kashimoto, S.; Ishimasa, T.; Machida, A.; Yamamoto, S.; Tanaka, Y.; Mizumaki, M.; Kawamura, N.; Watanabe, S.

    2015-06-01

    The thermal expansion of a Au-Al-Yb intermediate-valence quasicrystal has been studied. X-ray diffraction measurements showed zero thermal expansion below 50 K. By comparison with an isostructural Au-Al-Tm quasicrystal, the contribution of the Yb valence variation was extracted, and it was shown that its negative thermal expansion component compensated for the positive thermal expansion of the original lattice. On cooling, the Yb contribution grew steeply below approximately 155 K down to the lowest experimental temperature of 5 K, due to enlargement of the Yb atomic radius, which was caused by the valence shift toward the divalent state. Additionally, a larger Yb contribution to the thermal expansion was demonstrated in a crystalline approximant to this quasicrystal. The magnitude of this contribution was approximately 1.4 times larger than in the case of the quasicrystal itself, resulting in a slight negative thermal expansion below 50 K. A heterogeneous valence model for the quasicrystal that we proposed previously accounts for this magnitude difference.

  2. Superior room-temperature ductility of typically brittle quasicrystals at small sizes.

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    Zou, Yu; Kuczera, Pawel; Sologubenko, Alla; Sumigawa, Takashi; Kitamura, Takayuki; Steurer, Walter; Spolenak, Ralph

    2016-01-01

    The discovery of quasicrystals three decades ago unveiled a class of matter that exhibits long-range order but lacks translational periodicity. Owing to their unique structures, quasicrystals possess many unusual properties. However, a well-known bottleneck that impedes their widespread application is their intrinsic brittleness: plastic deformation has been found to only be possible at high temperatures or under hydrostatic pressures, and their deformation mechanism at low temperatures is still unclear. Here, we report that typically brittle quasicrystals can exhibit remarkable ductility of over 50% strains and high strengths of ∼4.5 GPa at room temperature and sub-micrometer scales. In contrast to the generally accepted dominant deformation mechanism in quasicrystals-dislocation climb, our observation suggests that dislocation glide may govern plasticity under high-stress and low-temperature conditions. The ability to plastically deform quasicrystals at room temperature should lead to an improved understanding of their deformation mechanism and application in small-scale devices. PMID:27515779

  3. Stable Ti-based quasicrystal offers prospect for improved hydrogen storage

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    Stroud, R.M.; Viano, A.M.; Gibbons, P.C.; Kelton, K.F.; Misture, S.T.

    1996-11-01

    The desorption of hydrogen from a novel material, a Ti{sub 45}Zr{sub 38}Ni{sub 17}-H quasicrystal, was observed using high-temperature powder x-ray diffraction, demonstrating the potential utility of Ti-based quasicrystals in place of crystalline or amorphous hydrides for hydrogen storage applications. The maximum observed change in hydrogen concentration was from 61 at.{percent}, corresponding to a hydrogen-to-metal ratio (H/M) of 1.54, at 91{degree}C to less than 2.5 at.{percent} (H/M=0.025) at 620{degree}C. The onset temperature of desorption is below 350{degree}C. Surface oxidation was found to promote the formation of crystalline hydride phases. Highly oxidized samples transformed to a mixture of the C14 Laves and C15 Laves crystalline hydrides, and the Ti{sub 2}Ni phase. When the oxidation was less severe, a reversible transformation between the quasicrystal and crystalline hydride phases was clearly observed, demonstrating the stability of the Ti{sub 45}Zr{sub 38}Ni{sub 17} quasicrystal at very low hydrogen concentrations, and temperatures as high as 661{degree}C. This is the first evidence for a stable Ti-based quasicrystal and for reversible hydrogen storage in a quasicrystalline phase. {copyright} {ital 1996 American Institute of Physics.}

  4. Hardness of Al-based quasicrystals evaluated via cluster-plus-glue-atom model

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    Chen, Hua; Luo, Lingjie; Qiang, Jianbing; Wang, Yingmin; Dong, Chuang

    2014-05-01

    In this paper, the hardness of ternary Al-based quasicrystals was assessed through an application of the cluster-plus-glue-atom model. In this model, any structure is decomposed into a first-neighbour strongly bonded cluster part and second-neighbour weakly bonded glue-atom part so that the overall structural information is condensed into a local structural unit [cluster](glue atom)x. For quasicrystals, the averaged local units are formulated as [icosahedron] TM0,1(Transition Metal) and could be visualized as single icosahedron packing. Then, the hardness of quasicrystals was related to the rupture of weak inter-cluster bonds. Typically, theoretical hardness values of 8-9 GPa were obtained using 19 broken inter-cluster bonds, which accounts for about half of all the surface bonds of an icosahedron in the Mackay-type environment. The unit cluster formulas would act as rigid units during deformation and cracking.

  5. Theoretical investigation on a general class of 2D quasicrystals with the rectangular projection method

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    Yue, Yang-Yang; Lu, Rong-er; Yang, Bo; Huang, Huang; Hong, Xu-Hao; Zhang, Chao; Qin, Yi-Qiang; Zhu, Yong-Yuan

    2016-10-01

    We take a theoretical investigation on the reciprocal property of a class of 2D nonlinear photonic quasicrystal proposed by Lifshitz et al. in PRL 95, 133901 (2005). Using the rectangular projection method, the analytical expression for the Fourier spectrum of the quasicrystal structure is obtained explicitly. It is interesting to find that the result has a similar form to the corresponding expression of the well-known 1D Fibonacci lattice. In addition, we predict a further extension of the result to higher dimensions. This work is of practical importance for the photonic device design in nonlinear optical conversion progresses.

  6. Surface Tension and Viscosity of Quasicrystal-Forming Ti-Zr-Ni Alloys

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    Hyers, R. W.; Bradshaw, R. C.; Rogers, J. R.; Rathz, T. J.; Lee, G. W.; Kelton, K. F.; Gangopadhyay, A. K.

    2003-01-01

    The surface tension and viscosity of quasicrystal-forming Ti-Zr-Ni alloys were measured over a range of temperature, including both stable and undercooled liquids by an Electrostatic Levitation (ESL) technique. ESL is a containerless technique which allows processing of samples without contact, greatly reducing contamination and increasing access to the metastable undercooled liquid. The measured viscosity is typical of glass-forming alloys of similar composition to the quasicrystal-forming alloys studied here, while the surface tension shows an anomaly at deep undercoolings.

  7. Excitation of Bloch-like surface waves in quasi-crystals and aperiodic dielectric multilayers.

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    Koju, Vijay; Robertson, William M

    2016-07-01

    The existence of Bloch surface waves in periodic dielectric multilayer structures with a surface defect is well known. Not yet recognized is that quasi-crystals and aperiodic dielectric multilayers can also support Bloch-like surface waves. In this work, we numerically show the excitation of Bloch-like surface waves in Fibonacci quasi-crystals and Thue-Morse aperiodic dielectric multilayers using the prism coupling method. We report improved surface electric field intensity and penetration depth of Bloch-like surface waves in the air side in such structures compared to their periodic counterparts. PMID:27367064

  8. Dynamical x-ray diffraction from an icosahedral Al-Pd-Mn quasicrystal

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    Kycia, S.

    1996-04-23

    Primary extinction effects in diffraction from single grains of Al-Pd- Mn, and presumably many other FCI alloys, may be significant and should be corrected for prior to use of diffraction data in structural determinations. Probes based on dynamical diffraction effects, such as x-ray standing wave fluorescence, multiple beam interference, and x-ray transmission topographs, may now be used to study the bulk and surface structure of some quasicrystals. The observation of dynamical diffraction from icosahedral Al-Pd-Mn is a striking confirmation of the fact that quasicrystals can present a degree of structural perfection comparable to that found in the best periodic intermetallic crystals.

  9. Measuring the Thermophysical and Structural Properties of Glass-Forming and Quasicrystal-Forming Liquids

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    Hyers, Robert W.; Bradshaw, Richard C.; Rogers, Jan R.; Gangopadhyay, Anup K.; Kelton, Ken F.

    2006-01-01

    The thermophysical properties of glass-forming and quasicrystal-forming alloys show many interesting features in the undercooled liquid range. Some of the features in the thermophysical property curves are expected to reflect changes in the structure and coordination of the liquid. These measurements require containerless processing such as electrostatic levitation to access the undercooled liquid regime. An overview of the state of the art in measuring the thermophysical properties and structure of undercooled liquid glass-forming and quasicrystal-forming alloys will be presented, along with the status of current measurements.

  10. Studies of Nucleation and Growth, Specific Heat and Viscosity of Undercooled Melts of Quasicrystals and Polytetrehedral-Phase-Forming Alloys

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    2003-01-01

    By investigating the properties of quasicrystals and quasicrystal-forming liquid alloys, we may determine the role of ordering of the liquid phase in the formation of quasicrystals, leading to a better fundamental understanding of both the quasicrystal and the liquid. A quasicrystal is solid characterized by a symmetric but non-periodic arrangement of atoms, usually in the form of an icosahedron (12 atoms, 20 triangular faces). It is theorized that the short-range order in liquids takes this same form. The degree of ordering depends on the temperature of the liquid, and affects many of the liquid s properties, including specific heat, viscosity, and electrical resistivity. The MSFC role in this project includes solidification studies, phase diagram determination, and thermophysical property measurements on the liquid quasicrystal-forming alloys, all by electrostatic levitation (ESL). The viscosity of liquid quasicrystal-forming alloys is measured by the oscillating drop method, both in the stable and undercooled liquid state. The specific heat of solid, undercooled liquid, and stable liquid are measured by the radiative cooling rate of the droplets.

  11. Ideal structure of icosahedral Al-Cu-Li quasicrystals

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    Yamamoto, Akiji

    1992-03-01

    A structure model for the icosahedral Al-Cu-Li quasicrystal has been derived. This is described in six-dimensional space as a six-dimensional crystal, having four kinds of occupation domains with complicated polyhedral shape. A general structure-factor formula is derived for such polyhedral domains, and a simple description of the structure using the site symmetry is proposed. The model gives R factors of 0.076 and 0.085 for recent x-ray and neutron-single-crystal-diffraction data [Boissieu, Janot, Dubois, Audier, and Dubost, J. Phys. 3, 1 (1991)]. The structure consists of a large number of icosahedral clusters and linking atoms joining them. It leads to an ideal cubic R-Al-Cu-Li structure and a large number of other cubic crystals when appropriate phason strains are taken into account. Two structures, the ideal R-Al-Cu-Li structure and a fictitious structure with a period (1+ √5 )/2 times longer, are shown.

  12. Dodecagonal Quasicrystal Phase in a Diblock Copolymer Melt

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    Bates, Frank; Gillard, Timothy; Lee, Sangwoo

    Recent experiments with low molecular weight asymmetric poly(isoprene- b-lactide) (PI-PLA) diblock copolymers have established an equilibrium Frank-Kasper σ-phase at compositions between 18 and 22 percent by volume PLA, which transforms to a BCC phase followed by disordering with increasing temperature. This presentation will describe synchrotron small-angle x-ray scattering and dynamic mechanical spectroscopy experiments conducted following rapid temperature quenches from the disordered state to temperatures associated with the σ-phase. We document the development of a long-lived dodecagonal quasicrystalline (DQC) phase that transforms with time into the associated quasicrystal approximate σ-phase at a rate that is highly temperature dependent. Remarkably, the DQC does not form from either the σ-phase or BCC state. These finding will be discussed in the context of an apparent spontaneous structural transition that occurs when the disordered melt is supercooled below a threshold temperature coincident with the BCC to σ-phase order-order transition temperature. Support provided by the National Science Foundation (1104368).

  13. Scanning tunneling microscopy of cleaved AlPdMn icosahedral quasicrystals

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    Urban, K.

    1997-03-01

    Quasicrystal surfaces produced by in-situ cleavage in ultra-high vacuum have been investigated by scanning tunneling microscopy. Twofold and fivefold surfaces of icosahedral AlPdMn single-quasicrystals have been studied. The surfaces were found to be rough. Their structure is determined by cluster aggregates of various sizes formed on the basis of an elementary cluster whose contrast behavior and diameter of about 1 nm point to the Mackay-type cluster [1]. The surface of these elementary clusters exhibits a smooth density of electronic states. These observations agree with the predictions of recent models on the quasicrystal structure and electronic properties in which the Mackay-type clusters play a dominant role [2]. In particular, these clusters are believed to act as deep potential wells leading to electron states primarily bound to these. Crack propagation during cleavage occurs along zones of lower strength between the clusters indicating that these act as rigid entities. This corroborates the assumption made in modern treatments of quasicrystal plasticity that the Mackay-type clusters control the mechanical properties [3,4]. [1] Ph. Ebert, M. Feuerbacher, N. Tamura, M. Wollgarten, and K. Urban, Phys. Rev. Lett. 77, 3827 (1996). [2] C. Janot, Phys. Rev. B 53, 181 (1996). [3] M. Feuerbacher, B. Baufeld, R. Rosenfeld, M. Bartsch, G. Hanke, M. Beyss, M. Wollgarten, and K. Urban, Philos. Mag. Lett. 71, 91 (1995). [4] F. Krul, R. Mikulla, P. Gumbsch, and H.-R. Trebin (to be published).

  14. An analytic solution of initial boundary value problem for 3D quasicrystals in half space

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    Akmaz, Hakan K.; Korkmaz, Alper

    2012-10-01

    In this article, initial boundary value problem for 3D quasicrystals in half space is considered. An analytic method is proposed for special form of initial conditions and nonhomogeneous term. It is explained that a weak solution of the problem can be constructed in the similar form of data by using symbolic calculations.

  15. Interactions among K+-Ca2+ Exchange, Sorption of m-Dinitrobenzene, and Smectite Quasicrystal Dynamics

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    The fate of organic compounds in soils and sediments is influenced by sorption of the compounds on surfaces of soil materials. We investigated the interaction among sorption of an organic compound, cation exchange reactions, and both the size and swelling of smectite quasicrystals. Two reference sme...

  16. Superior room-temperature ductility of typically brittle quasicrystals at small sizes

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    Zou, Yu; Kuczera, Pawel; Sologubenko, Alla; Sumigawa, Takashi; Kitamura, Takayuki; Steurer, Walter; Spolenak, Ralph

    2016-01-01

    The discovery of quasicrystals three decades ago unveiled a class of matter that exhibits long-range order but lacks translational periodicity. Owing to their unique structures, quasicrystals possess many unusual properties. However, a well-known bottleneck that impedes their widespread application is their intrinsic brittleness: plastic deformation has been found to only be possible at high temperatures or under hydrostatic pressures, and their deformation mechanism at low temperatures is still unclear. Here, we report that typically brittle quasicrystals can exhibit remarkable ductility of over 50% strains and high strengths of ∼4.5 GPa at room temperature and sub-micrometer scales. In contrast to the generally accepted dominant deformation mechanism in quasicrystals—dislocation climb, our observation suggests that dislocation glide may govern plasticity under high-stress and low-temperature conditions. The ability to plastically deform quasicrystals at room temperature should lead to an improved understanding of their deformation mechanism and application in small-scale devices. PMID:27515779

  17. Crystal electric field excitations in quasicrystal approximant TbCd6 studied by inelastic neutron scattering

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    Das, Pinaki; Flint, R.; Kong, T.; Canfield, P. C.; Kreyssig, A.; Goldman, A. I.; de Boissieu, M.; Lory, P.-F.; Beutier, G.; Hiroto, T.

    All of the known quasicrystals with local moments exhibit frustration and spin glass-like behavior at low temperature. The onset of the spin freezing temperature is believed to be affected by the crystal electric field (CEF) splitting of the local moments. The quasicrystal approximant TbCd6 and its related icosahedral quasicrystal phase, i-Tb-Cd, form a set of model systems to explore how magnetism evolves from a conventional lattice (approximant phase) to an aperiodic quasicrystal. Though TbCd6 shows long-range antiferromagnetic ordering (TN = 24 K), only spin glass like behavior is observed in i-Tb-Cd with a spin freezing temperature of TF = 6 K. To investigate further, we have performed inelastic neutron scattering measurements on powder samples of TbCd6 and observed two distinct CEF excitations at low energies which points to a high degeneracy of the CEF levels related to the Tb surrounding with almost icosahedral symmetry. Work at Ames Laboratory was supported by the DOE, BES, Division of Materials Sciences & Engineering, under Contract No. DE-AC02-07CH11358. This research used resources at Institut Laue-Langevin, France.

  18. Development of thermally-sprayed Al-Cu-Fe-Cr quasicrystal coating

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    Setiamarga, Budi Hartono

    A class of quasicrystal alloys that has drawn a lot of attention is aluminum based quasicrystal alloys because they are hard, light weight, wear resistant, and have a non-stick property. Quasicrystalline materials in the form of coatings produced by thermal spray techniques have been developed to utilize their properties. The goal of this research has been to develop the knowledge necessary to produce good thermally sprayed Al-Cu-Fe-Cr quasicrystal coatings. Boron has been found to improve ductility, reduce porosity and increase hardness when added to other thermally sprayed powders, therefore, as part of this research, quasicrystal coatings containing boron will also be produced and evaluated. The first phase of this research utilized a fine QC-1 quasicrystal powder of Alsb{70.5}Cusb{10.1}Fesb{8.8}Crsb{10.6}. The addition of boron was done using mechanical mixing. The addition of boron in fused QC-1 powders shows that boron can reduce porosity and increase hardness. Due to difficulties with thermal spraying the fine QC-1 powder and evaporation of aluminum, a coarser QC-2 powder with similar composition to QC-1 powder was produced. QC-2 and boron modified QC-2 coatings have similar hardness and levels of porosity, around 11%, although boron modified QC-2 coatings proved to be more wear resistant than plain QC-2 coatings. Both coatings demonstrated a weak coating-substrate interface bonding. Laser heat treatment was used to reduce the porosity and strengthen the coating-substrate interface bonding. Laser treatment of QC-2 quasicrystal coatings resulted in harder and lower porosity coatings with better coating-substrate interface bonding. Unfortunately, hot-cracks in the coatings were also produced. Hot-cracks are undesireable because they decrease the coating's corrosion resistance. Thermal spraying using High Velocity Oxygen Fuel (HVOF) technique was done. It was used on QC-2 powder and QC-3 powder of composition Alsb{68.6}Cusb{10.8}Fesb{8.9}Crsb{9.7}Bsb{2.0}. This

  19. Hydrogen absorption and structural analysis of TiZrNiV quasicrystals.

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    Lee, Sang-Hwa; Jo, Youngsoo; Kim, Jaeyong

    2014-12-01

    Ti-based quasicrystals are known to store a high capacity of hydrogen exceeding the density of liquid hydrogen. Because TiZrNi quasicrystals contain a large number of tetrahedral sites formed with Ti and Zr atoms that are chemically favorable to hydrogen, these materials retain strong advantages for hydrogen storage applications in structurally and chemically. In fact, TiZrNi quasicrystals are known to absorb hydrogen maximum of the hydrogen to host metal ratio (H/M) value of near 2.0. The critical disadvantage, however, is that the equilibrium vapor pressure of hydrogen is very low (less than 1 Torr). To overcome this engineering drawback, we added a small amount of vanadium (V) in Ti(53-x)Zr27Ni20V(x), alloys (where x = 0 to 15) and rapidly quenched the molten ingots to form quasicrystals, and investigated the effects of V in terms of changes of structure, the H/M values, and an equilibrium vapor pressure of hydrogen. As the results, an equilibrium vapor pressure significantly increased from 0.84 to 2.16 Torr while the maximum H/M value decreased from 1.32 to 1.11 as increasing x = 0 to 8. After hydrogenation, the main peaks shifted evenly to the lower angle of 20 in X-ray diffraction patterns with uniform expansion of the quasilattice constants which demonstrates that hydrogen atoms homogeneously diffused into the samples. A Laves phase starts to form at x = 13 and the samples completely transformed to the phase at x = 15 suggesting the similarity between the quasicrystal and the Laves phase. PMID:25971068

  20. Structure of icosahedral quasicrystals and density-matrix functional theory for correlation effects

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    Hennig, Richard Georg

    In the first part of this work, the atomic and electronic structure as well as the energetics of the icosahedral TiZrNi quasicrystal and the 1/1 approximant W-TiZrNi were determined. An atomic decoration model for the quasicrystal was developed invoking similarities to the structure of the 1/1 approximant. The structure of the quasicrystal was refined using a combined approach of diffraction refinement and ab initio calculations. The ternary ground state phase diagram was calculated using density-functional calculations. It was found that the TiZrNi quasicrystal is lower in energy than the competing phases indicating that it is a ground state quasicrystal. The electronic density of states of the quasicrystals shows a pseudogap. The hydrogen site energy distribution of the approximant was calculated and it was shown that a determination of the distribution by chemical potential measurements is impossible due to its complexity and the strong temperature and concentration dependent hydrogen-hydrogen interactions. In the second part of this work a density-matrix functional for isolated impurities was developed. The density-matrix functional for the electron interaction energy, was based on two theorems proved in this work. It was shown that the second-moment approximation yields the exact ground state for a dimer molecule with arbitrary on-site and inter-site Coulomb interactions. The second-moment approximation is implemented as a variational method. By comparison to results from exact diagonalization and the Hartree-Fock method it was shown that the functional was accurate in the case of isolated impurities. The combined effect of disorder and electron interactions for the model of an Anderson impurity in a random alloy were investigated and unexpected crossover behavior in the effects of disorder and electron interactions on the spin fluctuations was found. As a first application of the second-moment approximation, the electronic structure of dangling-bond defects

  1. Stability of monatomic and diatomic quasicrystals and the influence of noise

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    Roth, J.; Schilling, R.; Trebin, H.-R.

    1990-02-01

    The stability of quasicrystals endowed with atomic Lennard-Jones-like pair potentials was investigated with use of the method of steepest descent. Starting from two- and three-dimensional Penrose patterns, the basic units were decorated in various fashions with one or two sorts of atoms. In accord with previous studies, all monatomic two-dimensional quasicrystals decay to a hexagonal periodic crystal with defects; diatomic systems remain stable when the relative size of the atoms is suitably chosen. In three dimensions, the monatomic quasicrystalline unit-sphere packing was proven stable as well as the structure of truncated icosahedra, even if in the initial configuration the atoms were displaced statistically up to 7% and 25%, respectively, of the edge length (noise). A series of decorations (among them one involving Mackay icosahedra) relaxed to the amorphous state. In these transitions the atoms arrange in families of Fibonacci planes whose separations scale down to atomic distances in a self-similar fashion.

  2. A simple configuration for fabrication of 2D and 3D photonic quasicrystals with complex structures

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    Sun, XiaoHong; Wang, Shuai; Liu, Wei; Jiang, LiuDi

    2016-06-01

    A simple method using a single-prism common-path interferometer is presented for the fabrication of complex quasicrystals in sub-micrometer scales. Multiple types of two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) quasicrystalline structures are designed and their diffraction patterns are obtained by using Fourier Transform method. Multi-fold rotational symmetries are demonstrated and compared. By using this method, a wide range of quasicrystals types can be produced with arbitrary complexities and rotational symmetries. The transmittance studies of 12-fold and 18-fold structures also reveal the existence of complete photonic bandgaps, which also demonstrates increased symmetry and significantly improved characteristics of photonic band-gaps.

  3. Harmonic response of multilayered one-dimensional quasicrystal plates subjected to patch loading

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    Waksmanski, Natalie; Pan, Ernian; Yang, Lian-Zhi; Gao, Yang

    2016-08-01

    Dynamic analyses of a multilayered one-dimensional quasicrystal plate subjected to a patch harmonic loading with simply supported lateral boundary conditions are presented. The pseudo-Stroh formulation and propagator matrix method are used to obtain the exact three-dimensional response of the plate. In order to avoid resonance, the frequency of the patch loading is chosen away from the natural frequencies by introducing a small imaginary part. The patch loading is expressed in the form of a double Fourier series expansion. Comprehensive numerical results are shown for a sandwich plate with two different stacking sequences. The results reveal the influence of layering, loading area, phonon-phason coupling coefficient and input frequency. This work is the first step towards understanding quasicrystals under intricate loading conditions such as indentation and impact, and the exact closed-form solution can serve as a reference in convergence studies of other numerical methods and for verification of existing or future plate theories.

  4. Real-space observation of magnetic excitations and avalanche behavior in artificial quasicrystal lattices

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    Brajuskovic, V.; Barrows, F.; Phatak, C.; Petford-Long, A. K.

    2016-10-01

    Artificial spin ice lattices have emerged as model systems for studying magnetic frustration in recent years. Most work to date has looked at periodic artificial spin ice lattices. In this paper, we observe frustration effects in quasicrystal artificial spin ice lattices that lack translational symmetry and contain vertices with different numbers of interacting elements. We find that as the lattice state changes following demagnetizing and annealing, specific vertex motifs retain low-energy configurations, which excites other motifs into higher energy configurations. Additionally, we find that unlike the magnetization reversal process for periodic artificial spin ice lattices, which occurs through 1D avalanches, quasicrystal lattices undergo reversal through a dendritic 2D avalanche mechanism.

  5. Real-space observation of magnetic excitations and avalanche behavior in artificial quasicrystal lattices

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    Brajuskovic, V.; Barrows, F.; Phatak, C.; Petford-Long, A. K.

    2016-01-01

    Artificial spin ice lattices have emerged as model systems for studying magnetic frustration in recent years. Most work to date has looked at periodic artificial spin ice lattices. In this paper, we observe frustration effects in quasicrystal artificial spin ice lattices that lack translational symmetry and contain vertices with different numbers of interacting elements. We find that as the lattice state changes following demagnetizing and annealing, specific vertex motifs retain low-energy configurations, which excites other motifs into higher energy configurations. Additionally, we find that unlike the magnetization reversal process for periodic artificial spin ice lattices, which occurs through 1D avalanches, quasicrystal lattices undergo reversal through a dendritic 2D avalanche mechanism. PMID:27694973

  6. X-ray Reflectivity Study of AlPdMn Quasicrystal Fivefold Surface Oxidation

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    Gu, Tianqu; Goldman, Alan I.; Pinhero, P. J.

    1997-03-01

    By means of X-ray reflectivity measurement, a fivefold surface of AlPdMn single quasicrystal is studied after being treated in different environments: normal air, humid air and water. An electron density profile of the surface is acquired after each treatment. The difference of the density profile obtained with different treatment indicates that water molecule plays an important role in the oxidation of quasicrystal surface. The surface exposed to normal air has a sharper electron density profile and less surface oxidation thickness than that exposed to humid air and immersed in water. The thickness of the oxidation layer is about 30Åand 58Åfor normal air treatment and humid air and water treatment, respectively.

  7. Antiplane analysis for an elliptical inclusion in 1D hexagonal piezoelectric quasicrystal composites

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    Guo, Junhong; Zhang, Zhiying; Xing, Yongming

    2016-02-01

    An elliptical inclusion embedded in an infinite 1D hexagonal piezoelectric quasicrystal matrix is analysed in the framework of linear piezoelasticity of quasicrystals. Using the technique of conformal mapping, the closed-form solutions of the complex potentials, all the field quantities in the matrix and the inclusion are obtained under far-field antiplane mechanical loads of the phonon and phason fields and an inplane electrical load. Several special cases, such as a homogeneous material, a soft and permeable inclusion, an impermeable inclusion, a line inclusion, a rigid inclusion and a crack are reduced by the present results. Some numerical examples are provided to shows the variations of the stresses of the phonon and phason fields and the electric field with the shape of hole/inclusion, the dielectric permittivity and the distance from the hole/inclusion.

  8. Generalized 2D problem of icosahedral quasicrystals containing an elliptic hole

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    Li, Lian-He

    2013-11-01

    The generalized 2D problem of icosahedral quasicrystals containing an elliptic hole is considered by using the extended Stroh formalism. The closed-form solutions for the displacements and stresses are obtained under general loading conditions. The solution of the Griffith crack problem as a special case of the results is also observed. The stress intensity factor and strain energy release rate are given. The effect of the phonon—phason coupling elastic constant on the mechanical behavior is also discussed.

  9. Investigations of the Electronic Properties and Surface Structures of Aluminium-Rich Quasicrystalline Alloys

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    Jason A. Barrow

    2003-08-05

    The work presented in this dissertation has investigated three distinct areas of interest in the field of quasicrystals: bulk structure, transport properties, and electronic structure. First, they have described the results of a study which explored the fundamental interactions between the atomic species of the icosahedral Al-Pd-Mn quasicrystal. The goal of this work was to determine whether the pseudo-MacKay or Bergman type clusters have a special stability or are merely a geometric coincidence. This was carried out by using laser vaporization to produce gas-phase metal clusters, which were analyzed using time-of-flight mass spectrometry. Both the kinetic and thermodynamic stabilities of the clusters were probed. The data indicated no special stability for either pseudo-MacKay or Bergman type clusters as isolated units. This, however, is not proof that these clusters are simply a geometric coincidence. It is possible that such clusters only have stability in the framework of the bulk matrix and do not exist as isolated units. Next, they have reported their investigations of the bulk thermal transport properties of a decagonal Al-Ni-Co two dimensional quasicrystal in the temperature range 373K-873K. The properties of a sample oriented along the periodic axis and another oriented along the aperiodic axis were measured. A high degree of anisotropy was observed between the aperiodic and periodic directions. Additionally, the properties were measured for a sample miscut to an orientation 45{sup o} off-axis. The properties of the miscut sample were shown to have good agreement with a theoretical model used to describe thermal transport in metallic single crystals. This model only considers thermal transport by a free-electron gas; therefore, agreement with experimental data suggests the validity of the Drude free-electron model for the decagonal Al-Ni-Co at these temperatures. Consequently, the observed anisotropy may be adequately described using classical transport

  10. Unified structure theory of icosahedral quasicrystals: Evidence from neutron powder diffraction patterns that AlCrFeMnSi, AlCuLiMg, and TiNiFeSi icosahedral quasicrystals are twins of cubic crystals containing about 820 or 1,012 atoms in a primitive unit cube

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    Pauling, L. )

    1988-11-01

    A unified structure theory of icosahedral quasicrystals, combining the twinned-cubic-crystal theory and the Penrose-tiling-six-dimensional-projection theory, is described. Values of the primitive-cubic lattice constant for several quasicrystals are evaluated from x-ray and neutron diffraction data. The fact that the low-angle diffraction maxima can be indexed with cubic unit cells provides additional support for the twinned-cubic-crystal theory of icosahedral quasicrystals.

  11. Titanium-based icosahedral quasicrystals and approximants: Phase formation, cluster structure, and hydrogenation

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    Majzoub, Eric Hish

    Equilibrium phase formation is reported for ternary Ti-Zr-Ni alloys near the icosahedral phase (i-phase) forming composition. The i-phase forms over a small compositional range from a high-temperature equilibrium phase mixture of the Laves and alpha(Ti/Zr) solid solution phases. Additions of small amounts of Pb, 1--2 at. %, are demonstrated to substantially effect the equilibrium phase formation and extend the stability of the i-phase to nearly 700°C. An electrochemical method was used to hydrogenate Ti-based quasicrystals and their crystal approximants. This technique gives a consistently high hydrogen to metal atom ratio of 1.9, without crystal hydride formation in the quasicrystal. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) measurements of the hydrogen dipole-dipole interaction were made using hydrided i-phase samples. Comparisons with simulations based on hydrogen filling of the approximant-phase tetrahedral interstitials reveals that any filling order is consistent with the experimental data. Studies of the atomic structure of hydrided and unhydrided i-TiZrNi quasicrystal and its approximant are reported. We construct constrained icosahedral glass models using Bergman and Mackay clusters to describe the i-phase in Ti-Zr-Ni and Ti-TM-Si-O. A comparison of simulated and experimental diffraction reveals that, the Bergman and Mackay clusters are the fundamental clusters in i-TiZrNi and i-TiMnSiO, respectively.

  12. Shock synthesis of quasicrystals with implications for their origin in asteroid collisions.

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    Asimow, Paul D; Lin, Chaney; Bindi, Luca; Ma, Chi; Tschauner, Oliver; Hollister, Lincoln S; Steinhardt, Paul J

    2016-06-28

    We designed a plate impact shock recovery experiment to simulate the starting materials and shock conditions associated with the only known natural quasicrystals, in the Khatyrka meteorite. At the boundaries among CuAl5, (Mg0.75Fe(2+) 0.25)2SiO4 olivine, and the stainless steel chamber walls, the recovered specimen contains numerous micron-scale grains of a quasicrystalline phase displaying face-centered icosahedral symmetry and low phason strain. The compositional range of the icosahedral phase is Al68-73Fe11-16Cu10-12Cr1-4Ni1-2 and extends toward higher Al/(Cu+Fe) and Fe/Cu ratios than those reported for natural icosahedrite or for any previously known synthetic quasicrystal in the Al-Cu-Fe system. The shock-induced synthesis demonstrated in this experiment reinforces the evidence that natural quasicrystals formed during a shock event but leaves open the question of whether this synthesis pathway is attributable to the expanded thermodynamic stability range of the quasicrystalline phase at high pressure, to a favorable kinetic pathway that exists under shock conditions, or to both thermodynamic and kinetic factors.

  13. Shock synthesis of quasicrystals with implications for their origin in asteroid collisions

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    Asimow, Paul D.; Lin, Chaney; Bindi, Luca; Ma, Chi; Tschauner, Oliver; Hollister, Lincoln S.; Steinhardt, Paul J.

    2016-06-01

    We designed a plate impact shock recovery experiment to simulate the starting materials and shock conditions associated with the only known natural quasicrystals, in the Khatyrka meteorite. At the boundaries among CuAl5, (Mg0.75Fe2+0.25)2SiO4 olivine, and the stainless steel chamber walls, the recovered specimen contains numerous micron-scale grains of a quasicrystalline phase displaying face-centered icosahedral symmetry and low phason strain. The compositional range of the icosahedral phase is Al68-73Fe11-16Cu10-12Cr1-4Ni1-2 and extends toward higher Al/(Cu+Fe) and Fe/Cu ratios than those reported for natural icosahedrite or for any previously known synthetic quasicrystal in the Al-Cu-Fe system. The shock-induced synthesis demonstrated in this experiment reinforces the evidence that natural quasicrystals formed during a shock event but leaves open the question of whether this synthesis pathway is attributable to the expanded thermodynamic stability range of the quasicrystalline phase at high pressure, to a favorable kinetic pathway that exists under shock conditions, or to both thermodynamic and kinetic factors.

  14. Atomic structure of the i-R -Cd quasicrystals and consequences for magnetism

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    Yamada, T.; Takakura, H.; Kong, T.; Das, P.; Jayasekara, W. T.; Kreyssig, A.; Beutier, G.; Canfield, P. C.; de Boissieu, M.; Goldman, A. I.

    2016-08-01

    We report on the six-dimensional (6D) structural refinement of three members of the i-R -Cd quasicrystals (R = Gd, Dy, Tm) via synchrotron x-ray diffraction from single-grain samples, and show that this series is isostructural to the i-YbCd5.7 quasicrystal. However, our refinements suggest that the R occupancy on the Yb icosahedron sites within the Tsai-type atomic cluster is approximately 80%, with the balance taken up by Cd. Similarities between the i-R -Cd series and i-ScZn7.33, and their differences with i-YbCd5.7 and i-Ca15Cd85 , indicate that there are at least two subclasses of Tsai-type icosahedral quasicrystals. We further show from x-ray resonant magnetic scattering (XRMS) measurements on a set of closely related Tb1 -xYxCd6 1/1 approximants that the dilution of the magnetic R ions on the icosahedron within the Tsai-type cluster by nonmagnetic Y disrupts the commensurate magnetic ordering in the approximant phase.

  15. Shock synthesis of quasicrystals with implications for their origin in asteroid collisions.

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    Asimow, Paul D; Lin, Chaney; Bindi, Luca; Ma, Chi; Tschauner, Oliver; Hollister, Lincoln S; Steinhardt, Paul J

    2016-06-28

    We designed a plate impact shock recovery experiment to simulate the starting materials and shock conditions associated with the only known natural quasicrystals, in the Khatyrka meteorite. At the boundaries among CuAl5, (Mg0.75Fe(2+) 0.25)2SiO4 olivine, and the stainless steel chamber walls, the recovered specimen contains numerous micron-scale grains of a quasicrystalline phase displaying face-centered icosahedral symmetry and low phason strain. The compositional range of the icosahedral phase is Al68-73Fe11-16Cu10-12Cr1-4Ni1-2 and extends toward higher Al/(Cu+Fe) and Fe/Cu ratios than those reported for natural icosahedrite or for any previously known synthetic quasicrystal in the Al-Cu-Fe system. The shock-induced synthesis demonstrated in this experiment reinforces the evidence that natural quasicrystals formed during a shock event but leaves open the question of whether this synthesis pathway is attributable to the expanded thermodynamic stability range of the quasicrystalline phase at high pressure, to a favorable kinetic pathway that exists under shock conditions, or to both thermodynamic and kinetic factors. PMID:27298357

  16. Orientation relationship between the T structure and the icosahedral quasicrystal in the Zn-Mg-Al alloy system

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    Nakayama, Kei; Watanabe, Junya; Koyama, Yasumasa

    2016-08-01

    To understand the crystallographic relation between the Bergman-type icosahedral quasicrystal and its approximant-T structure, we have investigated the crystallographic features of prepared Zn-Mg-Al alloy samples, mainly by transmission electron microscopy. It was found that there existed three kinds of regions: that is, C14-Laves, approximant-T, and icosahedral-quasicrystal regions, in Zn-Mg-Al alloy samples with the composition of Zn-36at.%Mg-9at.%Al. Among these regions, in particular, we tried to determine an orientation relationship between neighboring icosahedral-quasicrystal and approximant-T regions. Based on the determined relationship, for instance, four threefold rotatory-inversion axes in the T structure were found to be parallel to four of ten threefold rotatory-inversion axes in the icosahedral quasicrystal. It was thus understood that the atomic arrangements of the Bergman-type icosahedral quasicrystal and its approximant-T structure are likely to resemble each other.

  17. Ab initio Ti-Zr-Ni phase diagram predicts stability of icosahedral TiZrNi quasicrystals

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    Hennig, R. G.; Carlsson, A. E.; Kelton, K. F.; Henley, C. L.

    2005-04-01

    The ab initio phase diagram determines the energetic stability of the icosahedral TiZrNi quasicrystal. The complete ab initio zero-temperature ternary phase diagram is constructed from the calculated energies of the elemental, binary and ternary Ti-Zr-Ni phases. For this, the icosahedral i -TiZrNi quasicrystal is approximated by periodic structures of up to 123 atoms/unit cell, based on a decorated-tiling model [R. G. Hennig, K. F. Kelton, A. E. Carlsson, and C. L. Henley, Phys. Rev. B 67, 134202 (2003)]. The approximant structures containing the 45-atom Bergman cluster are nearly degenerate in energy, and are all energetically stable against the competing phases. It is concluded that i -TiZrNi is a ground-state quasicrystal, as it is experimentally the low-temperature phase for its composition.

  18. Structural stability of the icosahedral AlCuFe quasicrystal under high-pressure and high-temperature

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    Takagi, S.; Kyono, A.; Nakamoto, Y.; Hirao, N.

    2015-12-01

    We report high-pressure and high-temperature in-situ X-ray diffraction study of icosahedral (i)-AlCuFe quasicrystal "icosahedrite" which is the first known naturally occurring quasicrystal mineral discovered in the Khatyrka meteorite. The i-AlCuFe quasicrystal was synthesized in laboratory from a powder mixture with an atomic ratio of Al : Cu : Fe = 65 : 20 : 15. The high-temperature and high-pressure X-ray diffraction experiments were performed using the laser-heated diamond anvil cell system installed at BL10XU, SPring-8, Japan. The i-AlCuFe showed a characteristic X-ray diffraction pattern of quasicrystal. With only compression, the diffraction patterns of the i-AlCuFe were continued until 75 GPa. At a pressure of 87 GPa two small new peaks occurred and then kept up to the maximum pressure of 104 GPa in the study. The results indicate that the pressure-induced structural phase transition of the i-AlCuFe occurs above 87 GPa, and the structure of the i-AlCuFe remains unchanged at least up to 75 GPa. Under simultaneously high pressure and high temperature, on the other hand, the i-AlCuFe was readily transformed to crystalline phase. It can be characterized by an irreversible transformation process. The structure of the i-AlCuFe is therefore more affected by thermal metamorphism than by pressure metamorphism. The present high-pressure and high-temperature experiments clearly revealed the thermal and pressure stability of the i-AlCuFe quasicrystal which may help to explain the formation of the naturally occurring quasicrystal in the solar system.

  19. Section method for projected structures of icosahedral quasicrystals and its application to electron-microscopy-image and surface analyses.

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    Yamamoto, Akiji

    2004-11-01

    A section method for projected structures of icosahedral quasicrystals (IQCs) is given. A structure projected along a specified direction can be calculated directly from a six-dimensional periodic structure by this method. The method concludes that all peaks in high-resolution transmission electron-microscopy images of an IQC have different projected atom densities in general and leads to different chemical compositions and densities for all atom layers, suggesting that all surfaces of an IQC are different. Its application to icosahedral Al-Pd-Mn quasicrystals is shown.

  20. Speculation of equilibrium pressure of Ti{sub 36}Zr{sub 40}Ni{sub 20}Pd{sub 4} icosahedral quasicrystal

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    Huang, Huogen; Chen, Liang

    2015-08-17

    Ti-Zr-Ni quasicrystals have been demonstrated to store a large number of hydrogen atoms, which implies strong potential application in hydrogen energy field for them. However, the desorption of hydrogen atoms in the quasicrystals is quite difficult, with the indication of high desorption temperature and slow desorption rate. The shortage limits their use in the field to a large extent. But this kind of quasicrystals might be used in nuclear fusion energy field, because tritium as a coral fuel for nuclear fusion needs tight storage. However, equilibrium pressure at room temperature of Ti-Zr-Ni quasicrystals, important for their application in fusion energy field, has not been clear yet. In this work, we designed a gas-solid reaction system with the pressure resolution of 10{sup −8}Pa and carried out hydrogen desorption investigation at different temperatures on Ti{sub 36}Zr{sub 40}Ni{sub 20}Pd{sub 4} icosahedral quasicrystal. Based on three Pressure-Composition-Temperature desorption curves, we speculate according to Van’t Hoff theory about hydrogen storage that its equilibrium pressure at room temperature could be at the magnitude of 10{sup −6}Pa, displaying good stability of hydrogen in the quasicrystal and also implying application prospects in fusion energy field for quasicrystals of this type.

  1. Interactions among K+-Ca2+ exchange, sorption of m-dinitrobenzene, and smectite quasicrystal dynamics.

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    Chatterjee, Ritushree; Laird, David A; Thompson, Michael L

    2008-12-15

    The fate of organic contaminants in soils and sediments is influenced by sorption of the compounds to surfaces of soil materials. We investigated the interaction among sorption of an organic compound, cation exchange reactions, and both the size and swelling of smectite quasicrystals. Two reference smectites that vary in location and amount of layer charge, SPV (a Wyoming bentonite) and SAz-1 were initially Ca- and K-saturated and then equilibrated with mixed 0.01 M KCl and 0.005 M CaCl2 salt solutions both with and without the presence of 200 mg L(-1) m-dinitrobenzene (m-DNB). In general, sorption of m-DNB increased with the amount of K+ in the system for both clays, and the SPV sorbed more m-DNB than the SAz-1. Sorption of m-DNB increased the preference of Ca-SPV for K+ relative to Ca2+ but had little effect on K+-Ca2+ selectivity for K-SPV. Selectivity for K+ relative to Ca2+ was slightly higher for both K-SAz-1 and Ca-SAz-1 in the presence of m-DNB than in its absence. Distinct hysteresis loops were observed for the K+-Ca2+ cation exchange reactions for both clays, and the legacy of having been initially Ca- or K-saturated influenced sorption of m-DNB by SPV but had little effect for SAz-1. Suspension X-ray diffraction was used to measure changes in d-spacing and the relative thickness of smectite quasicrystals during the cation exchange and m-DNB sorption reactions. The results suggest that interactions among cation exchange and organic sorption reactions are controlled byan inherently hysteretic complex feedback process that is regulated by changes in the size and extent of swelling of smectite quasicrystals. PMID:19174877

  2. Fundamental solutions in a half space of two-dimensional hexagonal quasicrystal and their applications

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    Wang, T.; Li, X. Y.; Zhang, X.; Müller, R.

    2015-04-21

    Fundamental phonon-phason field in a half-infinite space of two-dimensional hexagonal quasicrystal is derived, on the basis of general solutions in terms of quasi-harmonic functions, by virtue of the trial-and-error technique. Extended Boussinesq and Cerruti problems are studied. Appropriate potential functions are assumed and corresponding fundamental solutions are explicitly derived in terms of elementary functions. The boundary integral equations governing the contact and crack problems are constructed from the present fundament solutions. The obtained analytical solutions can serve as guidelines for future indentation tests via scanning probe microscopy and atomic force microscopy methods.

  3. Insights into plant consciousness from neuroscience, physics and mathematics: a role for quasicrystals?

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    Gardiner, John

    2012-09-01

    There is considerable debate over whether plants are conscious and this, indeed, is an important question. Here I look at developments in neuroscience, physics and mathematics that may impact on this question. Two major concomitants of consciousness in animals are microtubule function and electrical gamma wave synchrony. Both these factors may also play a role in plant consciousness. I show that plants possess aperiodic quasicrystal structures composed of ribosomes that may enable quantum computing, which has been suggested to lie at the core of animal consciousness. Finally I look at whether a microtubule fractal suggests that electric current plays a part in conventional neurocomputing processes in plants.

  4. X-Ray and Electrostatic Levitation Undercooling Studies in Ti-Zr-Ni Quasicrystals Forming Alloys

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    Rogers, J. R.; Hyers, R. W.; Rathz, T. J.; Kelton, K. F.; Gangopadhyay, A. K.; Woo, G. L.; Hannet, L.; Krishnan, S.; Curreri, Peter A. (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    The first undercooling nucleation measurements of electrostatic-levitated droplets of TiZrNi alloys that form the icosahedral quasicrystal phase (i-phase) are presented. The reduced undercooling for crystallization decreases with an increasing polytetrahedral order of the primary solidifying phase, supporting the existence of a developing icosahedral short-range order in the undercooled liquid. X-ray diffraction measurements made at the Advance Photon Source on levitated liquid droplets of these alloys at their liquidus temperatures, however, show no evidence for increased icosahedral order. This suggests that significant ordering only occurs below the melting temperature.

  5. Neutron-diffraction approach to the atomic decoration of the Al-Mn icosahedral quasicrystal

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    Janot, Chr.; Pannetier, J.; Dubois, J. M.; de Boissieu, M.

    1989-01-01

    Neutron-diffraction data were obtained from single-phase icosahedral powder of the system Al74Si5Mn21 and its modification by isomorphous substitution on the Mn sites. Amplitudes and phase differences of partial structure factors were determined. Within a strip-projection approach, phases were reconstructed. Atomic densities calculated in the physical three-dimensional space show that Mackay (1981) icosahedra, the structural units usually invoked for quasi-crystal models, do not emerge as the basic ingredients of the atomic arrangements.

  6. Electronic structure and magnetism for a supercell model of Al-Mn quasicrystals

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    Jaswal, S. S.; He, X.-G.

    1992-07-01

    Self-consistent spin-polarized electronic-structure calculations are carried out on a supercell of a 54-atom Mackay icosahedron used to simulate a Al78Mn22 quasicrystal. When the 12 Mn atoms are placed at the corners of the inner icosahedron, they do not develop any magnetic moment. When they are placed at the corners of the outer icosahedron, the magnetic moment per manganese atom is 1.39μB, which is in very good agreement with the experimental data for this composition.

  7. An NMR Evidence of Sharp Features in the Pseudogap of Quasicrystals

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    Tang, X.-P.; Wonnell, S. K.; Hill, E. A.; Wu, Y.; Poon, S. J.

    1997-03-01

    The electronic properties of the quasicrystals have been studied by ^27Al, ^63Cu and ^65Cu NMR. The nuclear spin- lattice relaxation rate was found to obey a universal T^2 temperature dependence over a wide temperature range (90K-500K) in quasicrystalline i-AlCuRu, i-AlCuFe, i-AlPdRe and crystalline approximant α-AlMnSi. The relaxation mechanism was proven to be electronic in origin. This unconventional temperature dependence is a clear evidence of a sharp feature in the electronic density-of-state (DOS) near the Fermi level E_F, N(E)=N_0[1+(|E-E_F|/Δ)^1/2]. A weak temperature dependence of the Knight shift K ∝ T^1/2, as a result of this type of DOS was also observed. Such DOS was expected for a Van Hove-type singularity as well as theoretical predictions based on the model of hierarchy of clusters(C. Janot et. al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 72, 1674(1994)). Our NMR study suggests that it is a common feature in quasicrystals. It was found that i-AlPdRe, i- AlCuRu possess sharper pseudogaps and smaller N(E_F) than in the other samples, in agreement with the established heat capacity, electric conductivity measurements.

  8. NMR charaterization of the pseudogap at the Fermi level in Quasicrystals

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    Tang, X.-P.; Wonnell, S. K.; Hill, E. A.; Wu, Y.; Poon, S. J.

    1996-11-01

    The electronic properties of quasicrystals and their crystalline approximants have been studied by ^27Al nuclear magnetic resonance. An anomalous temperature dependence of the spin-lattice relaxation rate (T_1-1), T_1-1 ~ T^2, was observed in a broad temperature range in i-AlCuFe, R-AlCuFe, i-AlCuRu, i-AlPdRe, and α-AlMnSi. This temperature dependence can be explained by the presence of a pseudogap described by g(E) ~ |E-E_F|^1/2. This type of density-of-state was predicted by a recent theoretical calculation(C. Janot et. al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 72, 1674(1994)) and also was indicated by a recent photonemission measurement (X. Wu et. al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 75, 4540(1995)) in i-AlPdMn. Our NMR results gave the first experimental evidence that this special electronic density-of-state is a common feature in quasicrystals. For all these samples, reasonable width of the pseudogap has been obtained from the temperature dependence of the spin-lattice relaxation rate. A weak temperature dependence of the Knight shift K ~ T^1/2, as a result of g(E) ~ |E-E_F|^1/2 is also consistent with our ^27Al measurements.

  9. First observation of ferromagnetic order in an artificial 2D quasicrystal

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    Farmer, Barry; Bhat, Vinayak; Balk, Andrew; Unguris, John; de Long, Lance

    2015-03-01

    Magnetic order in bulk quasicrystals is not well understood and known materials exhibit short-range, spin-glass order. We patterned ferromagnetic (FM) thin films into artificial quasicrystals, a new class of metamaterials that exhibits complex magnetic reversal and dynamics that can be controlled via tiling design. We analyzed two-dimensional SEMPA images of magnetization textures of Penrose P2 tilings (P2T) patterned into Permalloy. The diverse, asymmetric vertex coordinations drive novel, non-stochastic switching and complex spin-ice behaviors that reflect the influence of vertex domain wall energies. Monte Carlo and OOMMF simulation analyses of SEMPA images of slowly grown, never-field-cycled P2T reveal low energy, long-range ordered sublattices that form building blocks of a ground state. A fully ordered ground state is unresolved without long-range dipolar interactions that stabilize a magnetically ordered state with a net moment. Our P2T constitute a set of quasicrystalline metamaterials in which frustration and magnetic order among classical Ising spins can be directly studied. Kentucky research supported by U.S. DoE Grant DE-FG02-97ER45653 and NSF Grant EPS-0814194. ALB acknowledges support under the Cooperative Research Agreement between the University of Maryland and NIST.

  10. David Adler Lectureship Award in the Field of Materials Physics Talk: Surfaces of Quasicrystals

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    Thiel, Patricia

    2010-03-01

    Quasiperiodic order is recognized (in a utilitarian, rather than a mathematical sense) by the absence of periodicity, concurrent with a classically-forbidden rotational symmetry. It is quite beautiful, having captured the attention of scientists and artists alike. Following the discovery of quasiperiodic order in a real system,footnotetextD. Shechtman, I. Blech, D. Gratias, and J.W. Cahn, Phys. Rev. Lett. 53, 1951 (1984). many metallic alloys and intermetallics were found to exhibit this type of order on the atomic scale. More recently ``soft'' quasicrystals were discovered,footnotetextL. Bindi, P.J. Steinhardt, N. Yao, and P.J. Lu, Science 324, 1306 (2009). and nanocrystalline arrays were found to spontaneously adopt quasiperiodic order.footnotetextD.V. Talapin, E.V. Shevchenko, M.I. Bodnarchuk, X. Ye, J. Chen, and C.B. Murray, Nature 461 , 964 (2009). From a scientific perspective, quasicrystals are alluring because they allow us to test the relationship between atomic structure and physical properties. This talk deals with the ways in which our understanding of solid surfaces has been both enriched and challenged by these complex materials.footnotetextP. Thiel, Annu. Rev. Phys. Chem. (2008).^,footnotetextV. Fourn'ee, J. Ledieu, and P. Thiel, J. Phys: Condens. Matter. 20, 3310301 (2008). properties of the metallic quasicrystals originally generated interest because they were unusual.footnotetextJ.M. Dubois, Useful Quasicrystals(World Scientific, Singapore, 2005). For instance, among Al-rich alloys, the Al-based quasicrystalline phases exhibit puzzling resistance to surface oxidation. Also, Al-rich quasicrystals have surprisingly good and promising catalytic properties (e.g. for steam reforming of methanol).footnotetextA.P. Tsai and M. Yoshimura, Appl. Cat. A: General 214 , 237 (2001). Perhaps most famously, they exhibit low friction.^7 Comparisons with crystalline materials have established that these features are deeply related to the quasiperiodic atomic

  11. Origin of Quantum Criticality in Yb-Al-Au Approximant Crystal and Quasicrystal

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    Watanabe, Shinji; Miyake, Kazumasa

    2016-06-01

    To get insight into the mechanism of emergence of unconventional quantum criticality observed in quasicrystal Yb15Al34Au51, the approximant crystal Yb14Al35Au51 is analyzed theoretically. By constructing a minimal model for the approximant crystal, the heavy quasiparticle band is shown to emerge near the Fermi level because of strong correlation of 4f electrons at Yb. We find that charge-transfer mode between 4f electron at Yb on the 3rd shell and 3p electron at Al on the 4th shell in Tsai-type cluster is considerably enhanced with almost flat momentum dependence. The mode-coupling theory shows that magnetic as well as valence susceptibility exhibits χ ˜ T-0.5 for zero-field limit and is expressed as a single scaling function of the ratio of temperature to magnetic field T/B over four decades even in the approximant crystal when some condition is satisfied by varying parameters, e.g., by applying pressure. The key origin is clarified to be due to strong locality of the critical Yb-valence fluctuation and small Brillouin zone reflecting the large unit cell, giving rise to the extremely-small characteristic energy scale. This also gives a natural explanation for the quantum criticality in the quasicrystal corresponding to the infinite limit of the unit-cell size.

  12. Molecular dynamics simulation of radiation damage in CaCd{sub 6} quasicrystal cubic approximant up to 10 keV

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    Chen, P. H.; Avchachov, K.; Nordlund, K.; Pussi, K.

    2013-06-21

    Due to the peculiar nature of the atomic order in quasicrystals, examining phase transitions in this class of materials is of particular interest. Energetic particle irradiation can provide a way to modify the structure locally in a quasicrystal. To examine irradiation-induced phase transitions in quasicrystals on the atomic scale, we have carried out molecular dynamics simulations of collision cascades in CaCd{sub 6} quasicrystal cubic approximant with energies up to 10 keV at 0 and 300 K. The results show that the threshold energies depend surprisingly strongly on the local coordination environments. The energy dependence of stable defect formation exhibits a power-law dependence on cascade energy, and surviving defects are dominated by Cd interstitials and vacancies. Only a modest effect of temperature is observed on defect survival, while irradiation temperature increases lead to a slight increase in the average size of both vacancy clusters and interstitial clusters.

  13. Formation of three types of quasi-crystals in Al-Pd-Mg system

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    Koshikawa, Naokiyo; Edagawa, Keiichi; Honda, Yuko; Takeuchi, Shin

    1993-04-01

    In the Al-Pd-Mg system, a Mackay-Icosahedron (MI) type Icosahedral (I) phase with the F-type superlattice order and a Decagonal (D) phase were found to form in a melt-quenched state, in addition to the Frank-Kasper (FK) type stable I-phase reported previously. This is the first example in which the three types of quasi-crystalline phases are formed in the same alloy system. The formation range of the FK-type I-phase in melt-quenched state is rather wide: 5 - 20 at percent Pd and 20 - 45 at percent Mg. In contrast, the MI-type, I-phase and D-phase are formed in small composition ranges around Al52Pd31Mg17 and Al74Pd21Mg5, respectively. Electron diffraction studies showed that the period along the tenfold axis of the D-phase is about 1.6 nm. The formation and stability of the MI-type and FK-type I-phases were discussed in terms of a Hume-Rothery rule.

  14. Dynamic stabilities of icosahedral-like clusters and their ability to form quasicrystals

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    Liang, Xiaogang; Hamid, Ilyar; Duan, Haiming

    2016-06-01

    The dynamic stabilities of the icosahedral-like clusters containing up to 2200 atoms are investigated for 15 metal elements. The clusters originate from five different initial structures (icosahedron, truncated decahedron, octahedron, closed-shell fragment of an HCP structure, and non-closed-shell fragment of an HCP structure). The obtained order of the dynamic stabilities of the icosahedral-like clusters can be assigned to three groups, from stronger to weaker, according to the size ranges involved: (Zr, Al, Ti) > (Cu, Fe, Co, Ni, Mg, Ag) > (Pb, Au, Pd, Pt, Rh, Ir), which correspond to the predicted formation ability of the quasicrystals. Thedifferences of the sequences can be explained by analyzing the parameters of the Gupta-type many-body inter-atomic potentials.

  15. Adsorption sites on icosahedral quasicrystal surfaces: Dark stars and white flowers

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    Unal, B.; Jenks, C.J.; Thiel, P.A.

    2009-01-12

    From other work, two preferred sites have been suggested for metals and semimetals adsorbed on the fivefold surfaces of icosahedral, Al-based quasicrystals. Because of their appearance in scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) images, these sites are known as dark stars and white flowers. In this paper, we analyze four bulk structural models in physical space to determine the types, chemical decorations, and densities of the dark star - and, to a lesser extent, the white flower - adsorption sites for the fivefold planes of icosahedral Al-Pd-Mn. We find that the chemical decorations of these sites are heterogeneous, even within a single model. Both features are also structurally heterogeneous, according to STM measurements, and the structural variation is consistent with the bulk structure models. Finally, from the models, the density of dark stars in the planes correlates with the step height. This may explain previous experimental observations of different properties for different terraces.

  16. A group theoretical approach to structural transitions of icosahedral quasicrystals and point arrays

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    Zappa, Emilio; Dykeman, Eric C.; Geraets, James A.; Twarock, Reidun

    2016-04-01

    In this paper we describe a group theoretical approach to the study of structural transitions of icosahedral quasicrystals and point arrays. We apply the concept of Schur rotations, originally proposed by Kramer, to the case of aperiodic structures with icosahedral symmetry; these rotations induce a rotation of the physical and orthogonal spaces invariant under the icosahedral group, and hence, via the cut-and-project method, a continuous transformation of the corresponding model sets. We prove that this approach allows for a characterisation of such transitions in a purely group theoretical framework, and provide explicit computations and specific examples. Moreover, we prove that this approach can be used in the case of finite point sets with icosahedral symmetry, which have a wide range of applications in carbon chemistry (fullerenes) and biology (viral capsids).

  17. A parametric study of the lensing properties of dodecagonal photonic quasicrystals

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    Di Gennaro, E.; Morello, D.; Miletto, C.; Savo, S.; Andreone, A.; Castaldi, G.; Galdi, V.; Pierro, V.

    2008-04-01

    We present a study of the lensing properties of two-dimensional (2-D) photonic quasicrystal (PQC) slabs made of dielectric cylinders arranged according to a 12-fold-symmetric square-triangle aperiodic tiling. Our full-wave numerical analysis confirms the results recently emerged in the technical literature and, in particular, the possibility of achieving focusing effects within several frequency regions. However, contrary to the original interpretation, such focusing effects turn out to be critically associated to local symmetry points in the PQC slab, and strongly dependent on its thickness and termination. Nevertheless, our study reveals the presence of some peculiar properties, like the ability to focus the light even for slabs with a reduced lateral width, or beaming effects, which render PQC slabs potentially interesting and worth of deeper investigation.

  18. Simultaneous large band gaps and localization of electromagnetic and elastic waves in defect-free quasicrystals.

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    Yu, Tianbao; Wang, Zhong; Liu, Wenxing; Wang, Tongbiao; Liu, Nianhua; Liao, Qinghua

    2016-04-18

    We report numerically large and complete photonic and phononic band gaps that simultaneously exist in eight-fold phoxonic quasicrystals (PhXQCs). PhXQCs can possess simultaneous photonic and phononic band gaps over a wide range of geometric parameters. Abundant localized modes can be achieved in defect-free PhXQCs for all photonic and phononic polarizations. These defect-free localized modes exhibit multiform spatial distributions and can confine simultaneously electromagnetic and elastic waves in a large area, thereby providing rich selectivity and enlarging the interaction space of optical and elastic waves. The simulated results based on finite element method show that quasiperiodic structures formed of both solid rods in air and holes in solid materials can simultaneously confine and tailor electromagnetic and elastic waves; these structures showed advantages over the periodic counterparts.

  19. Negative refraction and localized states of a classical wave in high-symmetry quasicrystals

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    Zhang, Xiangdong; Zhong, Wei; Feng, Zhifang; Wang, Yiquan; Li, Zhi-Yuan; Zhang, Dao-Zhong

    2011-07-01

    Recently, negative refraction of electromagnetic waves in periodic photonic crystals has been demonstrated experimentally and sub-wavelength images observed. A theoretical and experimental investigation is reported of the electromagnetic wave transport in high-symmetry photonic quasicrystals (QCs). It is shown that negative refraction can appear in these transparent quasicrystalline photonic structures. It is interesting that highly symmetric two-dimensional photonic QCs possess a universal feature for non-near-field focus of two kinds of polarized waves (S wave and P wave). That is, the non-near-field focus for two kinds of polarized waves can be realized by using flat lenses, which consist of some high-symmetric two-dimensional photonic QCs with the same structures and parameters. In addition, some two-dimensional and three-dimensional localized states in defect-free photonic QCs have been found. It is evident that these unusual localized states can be explored by means of electron energy loss spectroscopy.

  20. Long-range magnetic order in models for rare-earth quasicrystals

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    Thiem, Stefanie; Chalker, J. T.

    2015-12-01

    We take a two-step theoretical approach to study magnetism of rare-earth quasicrystals by considering Ising spins on quasiperiodic tilings, coupled via Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida (RKKY) interactions. First, we compute RKKY interactions from a tight-binding Hamiltonian defined on the two-dimensional quasiperiodic tilings. We find that the magnetic interactions are frustrated and strongly dependent on the local environment. This results in the formation of clusters with strong bonds at certain patterns of the tilings that repeat quasiperiodically. Second, we examine the statistical mechanics of Ising spins with these RKKY interactions, using extensive Monte Carlo simulations. Although models that have frustrated interactions and lack translational invariance might be expected to display spin-glass behavior, we show that the spin system has a phase transition to low-temperature states with long-range quasiperiodic magnetic order. Additionally, we find that in some of the systems spin clusters can fluctuate much below the ordering temperature.

  1. Self-generation of dissipative solitons in magnonic quasicrystal active ring resonator

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    Grishin, S. V. Beginin, E. N.; Morozova, M. A.; Sharaevskii, Yu. P.; Nikitov, S. A.

    2014-02-07

    Self-generation of dissipative solitons in the magnonic quasicrystal (MQC) active ring resonator is studied theoretically and experimentally. The developed magnonic crystal has quasiperiodic Fibonacci type structure. Frequency selectivity of the MQC together with the parametric three-wave decay of magnetostatic surface spin wave (MSSW) leads to the dissipative soliton self-generation. The transfer matrix method is used to describe MQC transmission responses. Besides, the model of MQC active ring resonator is suggested. The model includes three coupled differential equations describing the parametric decay of MSSW and two differential equations of linear oscillators describing the frequency selectivity of MQC. Numerical simulation results of dissipative soliton self-generation are in a fair agreement with experimental data.

  2. Synthesis and Characterization of Bulk Al-Cu-Fe Based Quasicrystals and Composites by Spray Forming

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    Mukhopadhyay, N. K.; Uhlenwinkel, V.; Srivastava, V. C.

    2015-06-01

    The bulk quasicrystalline (QC) materials and their composites have attracted considerable interest due to their promising mechanical properties. In the present investigation, spray forming has been used to synthesize bulk single-phase icosahedral quasicrystals and composites in Al62.5Cu25Fe12.5 system as well as in quaternary system containing 10% Sn. The elemental materials were induction melted under nitrogen cover and a billet of 250 mm in diameter and 350 mm in height was spray formed. The phase constitution of the spray-formed materials showed a bulk single-phase icosahedral quasicrystal as a major phase along with other crystalline phases. A large number of annealing twins were observed in the microstructure in ternary AlCuFe alloys. It is interesting to note that due to addition of Sn, the volume fraction of β-Al(CuFe) phase was found to increase and annealing twins were almost absent. The hardness of the single-phase AlCuFe alloy and Sn-containing composites was found to be 8.6 and 6.0 GPa, respectively, at a load of 300 g. In general, the hardness decreases with heat treatment at high temperatures. However, in case of Sn-containing alloy, hardness increases with low-temperature heat treatment. Long and hair-like cracks (Palmqvist type) are observed to form from the corner of the indentations of the ternary alloys, whereas in Sn-containing composites, the cracks are not sharp and long suggesting the enhancement of fracture toughness in the composites. Attempts have been made to understand the effect of Sn on the evolution of icosahedral phase, other crystalline phases and their composite effects on the mechanical properties.

  3. Phase formation, liquid structure, and physical properties of amorphous and quasicrystal-forming alloys

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    Wessels, Victor Medgar

    2009-12-01

    Since the discovery of quasicrystals in 1985 and the development of commercially viable bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) in the mid 1990's a great deal of attention has been given to the characterization of new alloys with desirable properties, such as larger amorphous casting thickness, higher mechanical strength, or hydrogen storage capacity. Here, the results of a number of investigations into the structures and properties of some noncrystalline solid alloys will be presented and analyzed. Beamline electrostatic levitation (BESL), a method for determining supercooled liquid structure and phase formation in-situ, was used. Using BESL, the development of structural and chemical inhomogeneity was observed in supercooled liquid Cu46Zr 54 (a BMG when cast) with an onset at 845 +/- 5°C, providing experimental support for structural changes determined from molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of these liquids. Differing segregation of Hf and Zr atoms was observed in solidified Ti45Zr(38-x)HfxNi 17 using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and correlated to a previously observed, sharp boundary in phase formation near x = 19 that was further investigated using BESL. In addition to the BESL studies, results will be presented and discussed on changes in microstructure and devitrification mechanisms with the addition of Ag in Mg65Cu(25-x)AgxGd 10 BMGs, interesting for their light weight and resistance to oxygen during casting, using transmission electron microscopy (TEM), SEM, and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). Previous, preliminary results on the hydrogen storage capacity of icosahedral quasicrystal Ti45Zr38Ni 17 were re-examined, using an improved apparatus and analysis method developed as part of this work, and the previous results found to be in error.

  4. Surface structures of Al-Pd-Mn and Al-Cu-Fe icosahedral quasicrystals

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    Shen, Z.

    1999-02-12

    In this dissertation, the author reports on the surface structure of i-Al-Pd-Mn twofold, threefold, fivefold and i-Al-Cu-Fe fivefold surfaces. The LEED studies indicate the existence of two distinct stages in the regrowth of all four surfaces after Ar{sup +} sputtering. In the first stage, upon annealing at relatively low temperature: 500K--800K (depending on different surfaces), a cubic phase appears. The cubic LEED patterns transform irreversibly to unreconstructed quasicrystalline patterns upon annealing to higher temperatures, indicating that the cubic overlayers are metastable. Based upon the data for three chemically-identical, but symmetrically-inequivalent surfaces, a model is developed for the relation between the cubic overlayers and the quasicrystalline substrate. The model is based upon the related symmetries of cubic close-packed and icosahedral-packed materials. These results may be general among Al-rich, icosahedral materials. STM study of Al-Pd-Mn fivefold surface shows that terrace-step-kink structures start to form on the surface after annealing above 700K. Large, atomic ally-flat terraces were formed after annealing at 900K. Fine structures with fivefold icosahedral symmetry were found on those terraces. Data analysis and comparison of the STM images and structure model of icosahedral Al-Pd-Mn suggest that the fine structures in the STM images may be the pseudo Mackay (PMI) clusters which are the structure units of the structure model. Based upon his results, he can conclude that quasicrystalline structures are the stable structures of quasicrystal surfaces. In other words, quasicrystalline structures extend from the bulk to the surface. As a result of the effort reported in this dissertation, he believes that he has increased his understanding of the surface structure of icosahedral quasicrystals to a new level.

  5. Studies of Nucleation, Growth, Specific Heat, and Viscosity of Undercooled Melts of Quasicrystals and Polytetrahedral-Phase-Forming Alloys

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    Kelton, K. F.; Croat, T. K.; Gangopadhyay, A.; Holland-Moritz, D.; Hyers, Robert W.; Rathz, Thomas J.; Robinson, Michael B.; Rogers, Jan R.

    2001-01-01

    Undercooling experiments and thermal physical property measurements of metallic alloys on the International Space Station (ISS) are planned. This recently-funded research focuses on fundamental issues of the formation and structure of highly-ordered non-crystallographic phases (quasicrystals) and related crystal phases (crystal approximants), and the connections between the atomic structures of these phases and those of liquids and glasses. It extends studies made previously by us of the composition dependence of crystal nucleation processes in silicate and metallic glasses, to the case of nucleation from the liquid phase. Motivating results from rf-levitation and drop-tube measurements of the undercooling of Ti/Zr-based liquids that form quasicrystals and crystal approximants are discussed. Preliminary measurements by electrostatic levitation (ESL) are presented.

  6. Influence of leaching on surface composition, microstructure, and valence band of single grain icosahedral Al-Cu-Fe quasicrystal

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    Lowe, M.; McGrath, R.; Sharma, H. R.; Yadav, T. P.; Fournée, V.; Ledieu, J.

    2015-03-07

    The use of quasicrystals as precursors to catalysts for the steam reforming of methanol is potentially one of the most important applications of these new materials. To develop application as a technology requires a detailed understanding of the microscopic behavior of the catalyst. Here, we report the effect of leaching treatments on the surface microstructure, chemical composition, and valence band of the icosahedral (i-) Al-Cu-Fe quasicrystal in an attempt to prepare a model catalyst. The high symmetry fivefold surface of a single grain i-Al-Cu-Fe quasicrystal was leached with NaOH solution for varying times, and the resulting surface was characterized by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The leaching treatments preferentially remove Al producing a capping layer consisting of Fe and Cu oxides. The subsurface layer contains elemental Fe and Cu in addition to the oxides. The quasicrystalline bulk structure beneath remains unchanged. The subsurface gradually becomes Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} rich with increasing leaching time. The surface after leaching exhibits micron sized dodecahedral cavities due to preferential leaching along the fivefold axis. Nanoparticles of the transition metals and their oxides are precipitated on the surface after leaching. The size of the nanoparticles is estimated by high resolution transmission microscopy to be 5-20 nm, which is in agreement with the AFM results. Selected area electron diffraction (SAED) confirms the crystalline nature of the nanoparticles. SAED further reveals the formation of an interface between the high atomic density lattice planes of nanoparticles and the quasicrystal. These results provide an important insight into the preparation of model catalysts of nanoparticles for steam reforming of methanol.

  7. Studies of Nucleation and Growth, Specific Heat and Viscosity of Undercooled Melts of Quasicrystals and Polytetrahedral-Phase-Forming Alloys

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    Kelton, K. F.; Gangopadhyay, A. K.; Lee, G. W.; Hyers, R. W.; Rogers, J. R.; Robinson, M. B.; Rathz, T. J.; Krishnan, S.; Curreri, Peter A. (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    The local atomic structures of undercooled liquid metals are presumed to be icosahedral; this order is incompatible with translational periodicity, constituting a barrier to the nucleation of the crystal phase. The extended atomic structure of the icosahedral quasicrystal (i-phase) is similar to that presumed in the undercooled liquid. Therefore, a comparison of the maximum undercooling in alloys that form the i-phase with those that form crystal phases provides a probe of the liquid structure.

  8. Influence of leaching on surface composition, microstructure, and valence band of single grain icosahedral Al-Cu-Fe quasicrystal

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    Lowe, M.; Yadav, T. P.; Fournée, V.; Ledieu, J.; McGrath, R.; Sharma, H. R.

    2015-03-01

    The use of quasicrystals as precursors to catalysts for the steam reforming of methanol is potentially one of the most important applications of these new materials. To develop application as a technology requires a detailed understanding of the microscopic behavior of the catalyst. Here, we report the effect of leaching treatments on the surface microstructure, chemical composition, and valence band of the icosahedral (i-) Al-Cu-Fe quasicrystal in an attempt to prepare a model catalyst. The high symmetry fivefold surface of a single grain i-Al-Cu-Fe quasicrystal was leached with NaOH solution for varying times, and the resulting surface was characterized by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The leaching treatments preferentially remove Al producing a capping layer consisting of Fe and Cu oxides. The subsurface layer contains elemental Fe and Cu in addition to the oxides. The quasicrystalline bulk structure beneath remains unchanged. The subsurface gradually becomes Fe3O4 rich with increasing leaching time. The surface after leaching exhibits micron sized dodecahedral cavities due to preferential leaching along the fivefold axis. Nanoparticles of the transition metals and their oxides are precipitated on the surface after leaching. The size of the nanoparticles is estimated by high resolution transmission microscopy to be 5-20 nm, which is in agreement with the AFM results. Selected area electron diffraction (SAED) confirms the crystalline nature of the nanoparticles. SAED further reveals the formation of an interface between the high atomic density lattice planes of nanoparticles and the quasicrystal. These results provide an important insight into the preparation of model catalysts of nanoparticles for steam reforming of methanol.

  9. The formation, structure, and hydrogen storage properties of titanium/zironcium/hafnium based quasicrystals and related phases

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    Huett, Van Thi

    Previous studies of hydrogen storage in Ti-Zr-Ni quasicrystals are reviewed and expanded. Based on the new results presented in this thesis hydrogen may be used as a probe of local structure if elastic and electronic interactions of the hydrogen atom with the lattice and other hydrogen atoms in the lattice are better understood. As-cast and as-quenched phases found in the Ti-Hf-Ni ternary system are surveyed. A high order (3/2) rational approximant to the quasicrystal and a metallic glass were some of the phases found in the as-quenched survey. These two phases were further studied showing that the 3/2 rational approximant is metastable, transforming to a stable Ti2Ni-type phase upon heating. The metallic glass found in this system has a 65°C separation between the glass transition and the first crystallization event to a nano-domained icosahedrally ordered phase. Hydrogenation studies of the 3/2 rational approximant and the metallic glass in Ti-Hf-Ni were also performed. These studies show that the structures around the hydrogen atoms are similar in both phases. The structures are also similar to the Ti-Zr-Ni quasicrystals. Other hydrogen storage methods were explored. Mechanically alloyed Ti-Zr-Ni quasicrystals and metallic glasses have a potential to be used as hydrogen storage materials. These mechanically alloyed phases do not need to have their surfaces prepared or activated for hydrogenation to occur, and show little formation of the irreversible hydride phase. Pressure composition isotherms at higher pressures than have been performed before on these alloys were examined. This required a new high-pressure Sievart's type apparatus to be built. The initial results from pressure composition isotherm measurements show that there is another pressure plateau, above the one previously found at low pressures. This higher pressure plateau is a region of pressure and temperature suitable for hydrogen storage applications.

  10. Ordering and dynamics of the central tetrahedron in the 1/1 Zn6Sc periodic approximant to quasicrystal.

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    Euchner, Holger; Yamada, Tsunetomo; Schober, Helmut; Rols, Stephane; Mihalkovič, Marek; Tamura, Ryuji; Ishimasa, Tsutomu; de Boissieu, Marc

    2012-10-17

    Periodic approximants to quasicrystals offer a unique opportunity to better understand the structure, physical properties and stabilizing mechanisms of their quasicrystal counterparts. We present a detailed study of the order-disorder phase transition occurring at about 160 K in the Zn(6)Sc cubic approximant to the icosahedral quasicrystal i-MgZnSc. This transition goes along with an anti-parallel ordering of the tetrahedra located at the centres of large atomic clusters, which are packed on a bcc lattice. Single crystal x-ray diffuse scattering shows that the tetrahedra display pre-transitional short range ordering above T(c) (Yamada et al 2012 in preparation). Using quasielastic neutron scattering (QENS) we clearly evidence this short range order to be dynamical in nature above T(c). The QENS data are consistent with a model of tetrahedra 'jumping' between almost equivalent positions, which is supported by molecular dynamics simulations. This demonstrates a unique dynamical flexibility of the Zn(6)Sc structure even at room temperature.

  11. Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Prize Talk: Once upon a time in Kamchatka: The Search for Natural Quasicrystals

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    Steinhardt, Paul

    2010-03-01

    Twenty-five years ago, soon after the concept of quasicrystals was introducedfootnotetextD. Levine and P.J. Steinhardt, PRL 53, 2477 (1984). and the first examples were synthesized in the laboratory,footnotetextD. Shechtman, I. Blech, D. Gratias and J.W. Cahn, PRL 53, 1951 (1984). the search for a naturally-forming quasicrystal began. For many years, the search was informal. However, beginning about a decade ago,footnotetextP.J. Lu, K. Deffeyes, P.J. Steinhardt, and N. Yao, PRL 87, 275507 (2001). a systematic search was developed that, through planning and much serendipity, led to the discovery this past year of a natural candidate embedded in a rock reported to have been found in a remote region on the northern Kamchatka peninsula.footnotetextL. Bindi, P.J. Steinhardt, N. Yao and P.J. Lu, Science 324, 1306 (2009). The talk will describe the search for natural quasicrystals and the implications for physics and geology.

  12. Fundamentals in generalized elasticity and dislocation theory of quasicrystals: Green tensor, dislocation key-formulas and dislocation loops

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    Lazar, Markus; Agiasofitou, Eleni

    2014-12-01

    The present work provides fundamental quantities in generalized elasticity and dislocation theory of quasicrystals. In a clear and straightforward manner, the three-dimensional Green tensor of generalized elasticity theory and the extended displacement vector for an arbitrary extended force are derived. Next, in the framework of dislocation theory of quasicrystals, the solutions of the field equations for the extended displacement vector and the extended elastic distortion tensor are given; that is, the generalized Burgers equation for arbitrary sources and the generalized Mura-Willis formula, respectively. Moreover, important quantities of the theory of dislocations as the Eshelby stress tensor, Peach-Koehler force, stress function tensor and the interaction energy are derived for general dislocations. The application to dislocation loops gives rise to the generalized Burgers equation, where the displacement vector can be written as a sum of a line integral plus a purely geometric part. Finally, using the Green tensor, all other dislocation key-formulas for loops, known from the theory of anisotropic elasticity, like the Peach-Koehler stress formula, Mura-Willis equation, Volterra equation, stress function tensor and the interaction energy are derived for quasicrystals.

  13. Tetrahedron dynamics in the icosahedral quasicrystals i-ZnMgSc and i-ZnAgSc and the cubic 1/1-approximant Zn6Sc.

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    Euchner, H; Yamada, T; Rols, S; Ishimasa, T; Kaneko, Y; Ollivier, J; Schober, H; Mihalkovic, M; de Boissieu, M

    2013-03-20

    A comparison of periodic approximants and their quasicrystalline counterparts offers the opportunity to better understand the structure, physical properties and stabilizing mechanisms of these complex phases. We present a combined experimental and molecular dynamics study of the lattice dynamics of the icosahedral quasicrystals i-ZnMgSc and i-ZnAgSc and compare it to recently published results obtained for the cubic 1/1-approximant Zn(6)Sc. Both phases, quasicrystal and approximant, are built up from large atomic clusters which contain a tetrahedral shell at the cluster centre and are packed either quasiperiodically or on a bcc lattice. Using quasielastic neutron scattering and atomic scale simulations, we show that in the quasicrystal the tetrahedra display a dynamics similar to that observed in the 1/1-approximant: the tetrahedra behave as a 'single molecule' and reorient dynamically on a timescale of the order of a few ps. The tetrahedra reorientation is accompanied by a large distortion of the surrounding cluster shells which provide a unique dynamical flexibility to the quasicrystal. However, whereas in the 1/1-approximant the tetrahedron reorientation is observed down to T(c) = 160 K, where a phase transition takes place, in the quasicrystal the tetrahedron dynamics is gradually freezing from 550 to 300 K, similarly to a glassy system.

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

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    Hafner, Jürgen; Krajčí, Marian

    2014-11-18

    . Detailed results are presented for two intermetallic compounds that have recently attracted much attention as active and highly selective catalysts for the semihydrogenation of alkynes to alkenes, but the identification of the catalytically active surfaces was found to be very difficult. The crystal structure of B20-type GaPd can be interpreted as the lowest order approximant of icosahedral Al-Pd-Mn quasicrystals. Among the low-index surfaces, the {100} surface shows 2-fold symmetry and the {210} surface pseudo-5-fold symmetry; for both the surface stoichiometry is identical to that of the bulk. Because the structure lacks inversion symmetry, the {111} surfaces have polar character and permit terminations of widely different chemical composition. Results for all three surfaces are presented and compared with the available experiments. The crystal structure of orthorhombic Al13Co4 is built by pentagonal clusters similar to those found in decagonal Al-Co and Al-Ni-Co quasicrystals. A simulated cleavage experiment shows that the constituent clusters remain intact upon cleavage, resulting in the formation of a highly corrugated (100) surface. The calculated STM images are found to be in very good agreement with experiment and permit in addition identification of possible surface modifications by the desorption of individual atoms. Pentagonal motifs on the {210} surface of GaPd and on the (100) surface of Al13Co4 consisting of simple- and transition-metal atoms have been identified as the catalytically active centers for the semihydrogenation of acetylene to ethylene. PMID:24741993

  15. Undercooling, local structure and phase transition in icosahedral quasicrystals forming titanium-zirconium-nickel alloy liquids

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    Lee, Geun Woo

    While lacking the long-range translationally periodic order of crystalline solids, liquids contain a significant amount of short-range order (SRO), which distinguishes them from gases. The local structure of a liquid is important to understand its chemical and physical properties. One of the remarkable phenomena related to the short-range order of liquids is undercooling. That is, liquids can be retained below their melting temperature for a long time without crystallization. Turnbull first demonstrated this for metallic liquids in 1952. To explain the surprising results, Frank hypothesized in 1952 that the local structure of liquid metals is icosahedral. This structure is quite different from those of crystal phases giving a large nucleation barrier and making the undercooling of liquids possible. However, a complete verification of Frank's hypothesis has not been possible thus far. In this dissertation, this goal has been achieved by demonstrating a direct connection between the nucleation barrier and the icosahedral SRO (ISRO) in Ti-Zr-Ni alloy liquids. Containerless environments and in-situ x-ray scattering experiments, essential for such studies, were possible because of the development of electrostatic levitation (ESL) and Beamline-ESL techniques. In addition, distorted icosahedral SRO in liquids will be shown, which has been expected but never observed. The other important topic related to the undercooled liquids is a liquid-liquid (L-L) transition. Since the undercooled liquids are essentially metastable, the L-L transition could be expected. However, L-L transitions in undercooled liquids have not been observed experimentally, although elemental liquids of P, C, and Si have shown first order transitions above the liquidus temperatures under high pressure. From specific heat measurements of a series of Ti-Zr-Ni alloys by the ESL technique, a maximum in the specific heat at constant pressure was observed in a few quasicrystal forming alloy compositions in

  16. Optical reflectivity as a simple diagnostic method for testing structural quality of icosahedral quasicrystals

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    Brien, Valérie; Dauscher, Anne; Machizaud, Francis

    2006-08-01

    The optical reflectivity of Al-based and Ti-based quasicrystalline and approximant samples were investigated versus the quality of their structural morphology using optical reflectometry, x-ray diffraction, and transmission electron microscopy. The different structural morphologies were obtained using three different preparation processes: sintering, pulsed laser deposition, and reactive cathodic magnetron sputtering. The work demonstrates that the canonical behavior of icosahedral state in specular reflectivity is extremely sensitive to different and very fine aspects of the microstructure: sizes of grains smaller than 50nm, slight local diffuse disorder, and shifts away from the icosahedral crystallographic structure (approximants). The work explains why the optical properties of the same kind of quasicrystals found in literature sometimes reveal a different behavior from one author to another. The study then confirms the work of some authors and definitely shows that the canonical behavior of icosahedral state in specular reflectivity over the 30000-50000cm-1 domain is characterized by a decreasing function made of steps. It also shows that this behavior can be interpreted thanks to the cluster hierarchy of the model of Janot [Phys. Rev. B 53, 181 (1996)].

  17. Atomic structure and phason modes of the Sc-Zn icosahedral quasicrystal.

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    Yamada, Tsunetomo; Takakura, Hiroyuki; Euchner, Holger; Pay Gómez, Cesar; Bosak, Alexei; Fertey, Pierre; de Boissieu, Marc

    2016-07-01

    The detailed atomic structure of the binary icosahedral (i) ScZn7.33 quasicrystal has been investigated by means of high-resolution synchrotron single-crystal X-ray diffraction and absolute scale measurements of diffuse scattering. The average atomic structure has been solved using the measured Bragg intensity data based on a six-dimensional model that is isostructural to the i-YbCd5.7 one. The structure is described with a quasiperiodic packing of large Tsai-type rhombic triacontahedron clusters and double Friauf polyhedra (DFP), both resulting from a close-packing of a large (Sc) and a small (Zn) atom. The difference in chemical composition between i-ScZn7.33 and i-YbCd5.7 was found to lie in the icosahedron shell and the DFP where in i-ScZn7.33 chemical disorder occurs on the large atom sites, which induces a significant distortion to the structure units. The intensity in reciprocal space displays a substantial amount of diffuse scattering with anisotropic distribution, located around the strong Bragg peaks, that can be fully interpreted as resulting from phason fluctuations, with a ratio of the phason elastic constants K 2/K 1 = -0.53, i.e. close to a threefold instability limit. This induces a relatively large perpendicular (or phason) Debye-Waller factor, which explains the vanishing of 'high-Q perp' reflections. PMID:27437112

  18. Preparation and wear resistance of Ti-Zr-Ni quasicrystal and polyamide composite materials

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    Wang, Xinlu; Li, Xuesong; Zhang, Zhenjiang; Zhang, Shanshan; Liu, Wanqiang; Wang, Limin

    2011-07-01

    Ti-Zr-Ni icosahedral quasicrystal powders (Ti-QC), prepared by mechanical alloying and then annealing in a vacuum furnace, were used as a novel filler material in polyamide 12 (PA12). The melt processability of the composite was studied using a Haake torque rheometer. This indicates that PA12/Ti-QC composites can be melt-processed into a wear-resistant material. Further, these composites, fabricated by compression molding, were tested in sliding wear against a polished bearing steel counterface. The results from wear testing show that the addition of Ti-QC filler to PA12 enhances wear resistance and reduces volume loss by half compared with neat PA12. Furthermore, it is found that the hardness of the composite increases with increasing content of Ti-QC filler. In addition, PA12/Ti-QC composites exhibit a slightly higher crystallization temperature and better thermal stability than PA12. These combined results demonstrate that Ti-QC filler may be a desirable alternative when attempting to increase the wear resistance of PA12.

  19. Soft-core particles freezing to form a quasicrystal and a crystal-liquid phase.

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    Archer, A J; Rucklidge, A M; Knobloch, E

    2015-07-01

    Systems of soft-core particles interacting via a two-scale potential are studied. The potential is responsible for peaks in the structure factor of the liquid state at two different but comparable length scales and a similar bimodal structure is evident in the dispersion relation. Dynamical density functional theory in two dimensions is used to identify two unusual states of this system: a crystal-liquid state, in which the majority of the particles are located on lattice sites but a minority remains free and so behaves like a liquid, and a 12-fold quasicrystalline state. Both are present even for deeply quenched liquids and are found in a regime in which the liquid is unstable with respect to modulations on the smaller scale only. As a result, the system initially evolves towards a small-scale crystal state; this state is not a minimum of the free energy, however, and so the system subsequently attempts to reorganize to generate the lower-energy larger-scale crystals. This dynamical process generates a disordered state with quasicrystalline domains and takes place even when this large scale is linearly stable, i.e., it is a nonlinear process. With controlled initial conditions, a perfect quasicrystal can form. The results are corroborated using Brownian dynamics simulations. PMID:26274178

  20. Magnetoresistance in i-R-Cd icosahedral quasicrystals (R=Y, Gd)

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    Saraswat, Garima; Popović, Dragana; Kong, Tai; Bud'Ko, Sergey L.; Canfield, Paul C.

    We use magnetoresistance (MR) to probe the electronic properties of the recently discovered binary quasicrystals (QCs) i-Gd-Cd and i-Y-Cd, with and without local magnetic moments, respectively. DC magnetization has revealed spin-glass freezing in i-Gd-Cd at a temperature Tf = 4 . 6 K. MR was measured at 1 . 6 <= T (K) <= 300 and in magnetic fields H up to 12 T. The most interesting behavior is observed in i-Gd-Cd, in which the MR exhibits thermo-magnetic history dependence at low T. In particular, there is a clear difference between the ZFC and FC values of the low-field positive MR. In contrast, the i-Y-Cd MR does not depend on magnetic history. The onset of the history dependent MR at T ~ 20 K >Tf , when the QC with local magnetic moments is cooled in a high field of 12 T, may be related to the formation of magnetic clusters above Tf, as inferred from the magnetization and specific heat studies. Possible mechanisms responsible for the striking coupling between charge transport and local magnetic environment observed in the MR will be discussed. Work at the NHMFL supported by NSF Grant No. DMR-1307075, the NSF Cooperative Agreement No. DMR-0654118 and the State of Florida. Work at Ames Lab (TK, SLB and PCC) supported by the U.S. D.O.E / B.E.S under Contract No. DE-AC02-07CH11358.

  1. Nanoscale SEMPA imaging of an artificial quasicrystal spin ice at remanence

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    Balk, Andrew; Bhat, Vinayak; Farmer, Barry; Delong, Lance; Unguris, John; Electron Physics Group, CNST Team

    2015-03-01

    Artificial spin ice has emerged in the past decade as a model metamaterial for studying frustrated magnetic ordering at length scales large enough to be experimentally probed in real space. Recently, complex designs have been engineered to explore exotic behavior in non-square lattices. However, direct measurements of the actual moment directions have not been very common, and interpretation from techniques such as magnetic force microscopy and magneto-optical Kerr effect magnetometry can be complicated by the more complex geometries. Here we demonstrate using SEMPA (scanning electron microscopy with polarization analysis) as a method to robustly measure the ordering direction of elements in a connected artificial quasicrystal. We discuss the applicability of SEMPA to this system, details of the imaging and potential artifacts, and conclusions that can be drawn from the nanoscale two dimensional maps of the moment direction. This work is partially funded by DoE Grant #DE-FG02-97ER45653. ALB acknowledges support of this research under the Cooperative Research Agreement between the University of Maryland and NIST.

  2. Atomic structure and phason modes of the Sc-Zn icosahedral quasicrystal.

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    Yamada, Tsunetomo; Takakura, Hiroyuki; Euchner, Holger; Pay Gómez, Cesar; Bosak, Alexei; Fertey, Pierre; de Boissieu, Marc

    2016-07-01

    The detailed atomic structure of the binary icosahedral (i) ScZn7.33 quasicrystal has been investigated by means of high-resolution synchrotron single-crystal X-ray diffraction and absolute scale measurements of diffuse scattering. The average atomic structure has been solved using the measured Bragg intensity data based on a six-dimensional model that is isostructural to the i-YbCd5.7 one. The structure is described with a quasiperiodic packing of large Tsai-type rhombic triacontahedron clusters and double Friauf polyhedra (DFP), both resulting from a close-packing of a large (Sc) and a small (Zn) atom. The difference in chemical composition between i-ScZn7.33 and i-YbCd5.7 was found to lie in the icosahedron shell and the DFP where in i-ScZn7.33 chemical disorder occurs on the large atom sites, which induces a significant distortion to the structure units. The intensity in reciprocal space displays a substantial amount of diffuse scattering with anisotropic distribution, located around the strong Bragg peaks, that can be fully interpreted as resulting from phason fluctuations, with a ratio of the phason elastic constants K 2/K 1 = -0.53, i.e. close to a threefold instability limit. This induces a relatively large perpendicular (or phason) Debye-Waller factor, which explains the vanishing of 'high-Q perp' reflections.

  3. Precipitates in a quasicrystal-strengthened Al–Mn–Be–Cu alloy

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    Zupanič, Franc; Wang, Di; Gspan, Cristian; Bončina, Tonica

    2015-08-15

    In this work, an Al–Mn–Be–Cu alloy was studied containing a primary and eutectic icosahedral quasicrystalline phase in the as-cast microstructure. Special attention was given to a transmission electron microscopy investigation of precipitates formed within the aluminium solid solution (Al{sub ss}) at different temperatures. At 200 °C, only binary Al–Cu precipitates (θ′) were formed. At 300 °C, icosahedral quasicrystalline (IQC) precipitates prevailed with a crystallographic orientation relationship with the Al{sub ss.} The rods of the T-phase (Al{sub 20}Mn{sub 3}Cu{sub 2}) which were precipitated above 400 °C, also had a specific orientation relationship with the Al{sub ss}. The primary and eutectic IQC microstructural constituent started to transform rapidly to the T-phase and Be{sub 4}Al(Mn,Cu) at 500 °C. - Highlights: • In a quasicrystal-strengthened Al-alloy several types of precipitates can form. • At 200 °C, only binary Al–Cu precipitates formed (Al{sub 2}Cu-θ′). • The icosahedral quasicrystalline (IQC) precipitates prevailed at 300 °C. • T-phase (Al{sub 20}Mn{sub 3}Cu{sub 2}) precipitated at temperatures above 400 °C. • The precipitation of different phases did not have a strong effect on hardness.

  4. Impact-induced shock and the formation of natural quasicrystals in the early solar system.

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    Hollister, Lincoln S; Bindi, Luca; Yao, Nan; Poirier, Gerald R; Andronicos, Christopher L; MacPherson, Glenn J; Lin, Chaney; Distler, Vadim V; Eddy, Michael P; Kostin, Alexander; Kryachko, Valery; Steinhardt, William M; Yudovskaya, Marina; Eiler, John M; Guan, Yunbin; Clarke, Jamil J; Steinhardt, Paul J

    2014-06-13

    The discovery of a natural quasicrystal, icosahedrite (Al63Cu24Fe13), accompanied by khatyrkite (CuAl2) and cupalite (CuAl) in the CV3 carbonaceous chondrite Khatyrka has posed a mystery as to what extraterrestrial processes led to the formation and preservation of these metal alloys. Here we present a range of evidence, including the discovery of high-pressure phases never observed before in a CV3 chondrite, indicating that an impact shock generated a heterogeneous distribution of pressures and temperatures in which some portions reached at least 5 GPa and 1,200 °C. The conditions were sufficient to melt Al-Cu-bearing minerals, which then rapidly solidified into icosahedrite and other Al-Cu metal phases. The meteorite also contains heretofore unobserved phases of iron-nickel and iron sulphide with substantial amounts of Al and Cu. The presence of these phases in Khatyrka provides further proof that the Al-Cu alloys are natural products of unusual processes that occurred in the early solar system.

  5. Two-dimensional photonic crystals constructed with a portion of photonic quasicrystals.

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    Yang, Yi; Wang, Guo Ping

    2007-05-14

    Photonic quasicrystals (PQs) can produce interesting photonic properties but the lack of periodicity in structures makes exact prediction on their photonic band structures (PBSs) a fundamental challenge currently. Here, we propose a kind of complex two-dimensional photonic crystal (PC) structures constructed with a small portion of different PQs for the purposes of overcoming the difficulty of numerical calculations on the PBSs but maintaining photonic properties of the original PQs owned. Theoretically calculated results on PBSs of the complex PC with a local feature consistent with 12-fold rotational symmetry show that, in the cases of dielectric cylinders in air, air-holes in a dielectric, and metal cylinders in air, respectively, the complex PC can indeed produce similar photonic properties of the original 12-fold PQ such as uniform or isotropic PBGs under much lower dielectric contrast etc. The complex PCs can be constructed with the local parts of n-fold symmetric PQs and should provide a way for creating novel photonic functional materials.

  6. Impact-induced shock and the formation of natural quasicrystals in the early solar system.

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    Hollister, Lincoln S; Bindi, Luca; Yao, Nan; Poirier, Gerald R; Andronicos, Christopher L; MacPherson, Glenn J; Lin, Chaney; Distler, Vadim V; Eddy, Michael P; Kostin, Alexander; Kryachko, Valery; Steinhardt, William M; Yudovskaya, Marina; Eiler, John M; Guan, Yunbin; Clarke, Jamil J; Steinhardt, Paul J

    2014-01-01

    The discovery of a natural quasicrystal, icosahedrite (Al63Cu24Fe13), accompanied by khatyrkite (CuAl2) and cupalite (CuAl) in the CV3 carbonaceous chondrite Khatyrka has posed a mystery as to what extraterrestrial processes led to the formation and preservation of these metal alloys. Here we present a range of evidence, including the discovery of high-pressure phases never observed before in a CV3 chondrite, indicating that an impact shock generated a heterogeneous distribution of pressures and temperatures in which some portions reached at least 5 GPa and 1,200 °C. The conditions were sufficient to melt Al-Cu-bearing minerals, which then rapidly solidified into icosahedrite and other Al-Cu metal phases. The meteorite also contains heretofore unobserved phases of iron-nickel and iron sulphide with substantial amounts of Al and Cu. The presence of these phases in Khatyrka provides further proof that the Al-Cu alloys are natural products of unusual processes that occurred in the early solar system. PMID:24925481

  7. Atomic structure and phason modes of the Sc–Zn icosahedral quasicrystal

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    Yamada, Tsunetomo; Takakura, Hiroyuki; Euchner, Holger; Pay Gómez, Cesar; Bosak, Alexei; Fertey, Pierre; de Boissieu, Marc

    2016-01-01

    The detailed atomic structure of the binary icosahedral (i) ScZn7.33 quasicrystal has been investigated by means of high-resolution synchrotron single-crystal X-ray diffraction and absolute scale measurements of diffuse scattering. The average atomic structure has been solved using the measured Bragg intensity data based on a six-dimensional model that is isostructural to the i-YbCd5.7 one. The structure is described with a quasiperiodic packing of large Tsai-type rhombic triacontahedron clusters and double Friauf polyhedra (DFP), both resulting from a close-packing of a large (Sc) and a small (Zn) atom. The difference in chemical composition between i-ScZn7.33 and i-YbCd5.7 was found to lie in the icosahedron shell and the DFP where in i-ScZn7.33 chemical disorder occurs on the large atom sites, which induces a significant distortion to the structure units. The intensity in reciprocal space displays a substantial amount of diffuse scattering with anisotropic distribution, located around the strong Bragg peaks, that can be fully interpreted as resulting from phason fluctuations, with a ratio of the phason elastic constants K 2/K 1 = −0.53, i.e. close to a threefold instability limit. This induces a relatively large perpendicular (or phason) Debye–Waller factor, which explains the vanishing of ‘high-Q perp’ reflections. PMID:27437112

  8. Multiple Bragg diffraction in quasicrystals: The issue of centrosymmetry in Al-Pd-Mn

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    Lee, H.; Colella, R.; Shen, Q.

    1996-07-01

    When a crystal is rotated around the scattering vector for a Bragg reflection {bold P}, another reflection {bold H} may be simultaneously excited for a particular value {psi} of the azimuthal angle. The plot of the intensity {ital I}{sub {bold P}} vs {psi} (called the {open_quote}{open_quote}azimuthal plot{close_quote}{close_quote}) shows peaks with asymmetric features from which phases of structure factors can be obtained. Multibeam diffraction data have been obtained with a high-quality Al-Pd-Mn quasicrystal using synchrotron x rays. Rocking widths of 36 arcsec have been obtained, which made it possible to obtain data that could be interpreted using dynamical theory without any need of smearing functions to take into account the mosaic spread or other instrumental resolution effects. The asymmetric features and the peak intensity of all azimuthal plots could be fitted with phases consistent with a noncentrosymmetric structure. This conclusion was reinforced by the results of a multibeam experiment with circularly polarized x rays. This is in contrast with several other diffraction experiments based on intensity measurements in the two-beam case. Possible reasons for this discrepancy are discussed. {copyright} {ital 1996 The American Physical Society.}

  9. Plasticity of single-grain icosahedral Al-Pd-Mn quasi-crystals deformed at room temperature

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    Mompiou, F.; Caillard, D

    2004-07-12

    Transmission electron microscopy observations have been performed on icosahedral Al-Pd-Mn quasi-crystal samples deformed at 20 deg. C under a high confining pressure. They reveal a large density of wavy walls from which several climbing dislocations are emitted. Near-screw dislocations have been found at the wall terminations with a Burgers vector contained in the wall plane. Careful plane determinations and dislocation analyses are not consistent with a glide and cross-slip mechanism. The results can be better interpreted as a deformation by cracks in mode III followed by a re-healing process.

  10. Transmission properties of a Fibonacci quasi-crystals containing single-negative materials and their usage as multi-channel filters

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    Charkhesht, Ali; Pashaei Adl, Hamid; Roshan Entezar, Samad

    2014-03-01

    One of the interesting phenomena appearing in Fibonacci quasi-crystals is wave localization, so that the field becomes spatially confined in some suitable regions, or delocalized in some other parts. Many theoretical works have been written on this interesting subject. The periodic Fibonacci structure properties lead to a transmission spectrum that exhibits some band gap, and it is possible to control these band gaps by the generation number of this structures. All these properties make Fibonacci quasi-crystals materials very attractive from an optical point of view. Accordingly, the transmission properties of Fibonacci quasi-crystals containing single-negative materials are investigated with the transfer matrix method. It is shown that the periodic structures created by repeating the Fibonacci quasi-crystal generations, have some omnidirectional band gaps at the single-negative frequency region. Moreover, it is shown these band gaps depends on the number of Fibonacci photonic crystal unit cell. In other words, when generation number of Fibonacci photonic crystal unit cell increases, some sub band gaps appears within this omnidirectional band gap. In this work by using Fibonacci quasi-periodic structures we demonstrate that by increasing Generation Number of Unit cell, some omnidirectional sub-gaps will appear which can be used as a multichannel filter.

  11. Analysis of structure and P-c-T curve of hydrogenated Ti53Zr27xNi20Pd(x) quasicrystals.

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    Jo, Youngsoo; Lee, Sang-Hwa; Shin, Hong Sik; Kim, Jaeyong

    2013-12-01

    The potential application of TiZrNi quasicrystals was evaluated by measuring the pressure-composition-temperature curves after replacing Zr by Pd to the limit maintaining the host structure for the samples made with Ti53Zr27(-x)Ni20Pd(x), where 0 < or = x < or = 8. The results of X-ray diffraction data revealed that the samples keep the pure quasicrystal structure to the maximum value of x = 8. All diffracted peaks uniformly shifted to the low angle of 2 theta in X-ray diffraction pattern suggesting that hydrogen atoms homogeneously diffuse in the quasicrystals and uniformly expand the quasilattice constants without modification of the structure. After hydrogenation at elevated temperature, the quasi-lattice constants increased from 5.12 to 5.34 angstroms for the samples made with x = 0 without appearing an impurity phase. When Zr was replaced by 8 at.% of Pd, the equilibrium vapor pressures significantly increased to 3.41 from 0.41 Torr at 300 degrees C although the total amount of hydrogen decreased as increasing Pd concentration. These results demonstrate that Pd will play a critical role in application for the TiZrNi quasicrystals as hydrogen storage materials. PMID:24266172

  12. Computational study of low-friction quasicrystalline coatings via simulations of thin film growth of hydrocarbons and rare gases

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    Setyawan, Wahyu

    Quasicrystalline compounds (QC) have been shown to have lower friction compared to other structures of the same constituents. The abscence of structural interlocking when two QC surfaces slide against one another yields the low friction. To use QC as low-friction coatings in combustion engines where hydrocarbon-based oil lubricant is commonly used, knowledge of how a film of lubricant forms on the coating is required. Any adsorbed films having non-quasicrystalline structure will reduce the self-lubricity of the coatings. In this manuscript, we report the results of simulations on thin films growth of selected hydrocarbons and rare gases on a decagonal Al73Ni10Co17 quasicrystal (d-AlNiCo). Grand canonical Monte Carlo method is used to perform the simulations. We develop a set of classical interatomic many-body potentials which are based on the embedded-atom method to study the adsorption processes for hydrocarbons. Methane, propane, hexane, octane, and benzene are simulated and show complete wetting and layered films. Methane monolayer forms a pentagonal order commensurate with the d-AlNiCo. Propane forms disordered monolayer. Hexane and octane adsorb in a close-packed manner consistent with their bulk structure. The results of hexane and octane are expected to represent those of longer alkanes which constitute typical lubricants. Benzene monolayer has pentagonal order at low temperatures which transforms into triangular lattice at high temperatures. The effects of size mismatch and relative strength of the competing interactions (adsorbate-substrate and between adsorbates) on the film growth and structure are systematically studied using rare gases with Lennard-Jones pair potentials. It is found that the relative strength of the interactions determines the growth mode, while the structure of the film is affected mostly by the size mismatch between adsorbate and substrate's characteristic length. On d-AlNiCo, xenon monolayer undergoes a first-order structural

  13. Scanning tunneling microscopy studies of surface structures of icosahedral aluminum-copper-iron quasicrystals

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    Cai, Tanhong

    2001-07-01

    We investigate the atomic structure of fivefold surface of icosahedral (i-) Al-Cu-Fe quasicrystal using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) under ultra high vacuum (UHV). Annealing the sputtered surface at appropriate temperature produces a step-terrace structure on the surface. Our STM analysis indicates that the terraces are separated with primarily two stepheights in the ratio of t=5+1 /2 , a characteristic ratio in quasiperiodic structures. The measurements agree with the results from dynamical low energy electron diffraction (LEED) calculations. The spatial distribution of stepheights along the fivefold axis does not follow the quasiperiodic Fibonacci sequence. The existence of such stacking defects in the bulk structure is confirmed with the screw dislocations often observed in the STM scans. The first atomic resolution STM images on this type of material are obtained. The flat terraces are dominated with "ten-petal flower-like" motif, locally arranged with fivefold symmetry. Similar structural features can be identified in the atomically-dense planes generated from one of the available bulk structure models. Based on these results, we conclude that the fivefold i-AlCuFe surface corresponds to a two-dimensional cut of the bulk material. After examining the clean surface, we investigate the nucleation and growth of aluminium metallic thin films on the quasicrystalline i-Al-Cu-Fe fivefold surface. Upon deposition at room temperature, aluminium adatoms nucleate as pentagonal "starfish" with uniform size and in the same orientation. The same structure features are observed for different fluxes at low coverages. Based on the experimental results and the available bulk structure model, we identify the specific nucleation sites on the substrate and develop a model for the formation of the pentagonal starfish.

  14. Step-terrace morphology and reactivity to C60 of the five-fold icosahedral Ag-In-Yb quasicrystal

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    Nugent, P. J.; Smerdon, J. A.; McGrath, R.; Shimoda, M.; Cui, C.; Tsai, A. P.; Sharma, H. R.

    2011-07-01

    The surface of the icosahedral i-Ag-In-Yb quasicrystal provides one of the first non-Al-based aperiodic surfaces that is suitable for study under ultra-high vacuum conditions. We present a scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) study of the five-fold surface of this new quasicrystal demonstrating detailed structure of the terraces and steps. The analysis of the autocorrelation functions of STM images at opposite bias polarities and of the in-plane structure of the bulk model of i-Cd-Yb, which is isostructural to i-Ag-In-Yb, reveals that the surface terminations occur at the centres of the rhombic triacontrahedral (RTH) clusters, which are the basic building blocks of this material. The study further confirms that the unoccupied electronic states are located on Yb sites. Step edges display a Fibonacci sequence of truncated clusters, which can also be explained in terms of the model structure. Occasionally, a single terrace is found to display different structures at negative bias, whereas the same terrace shows a uniform structure at positive bias. Depositing C60 creates a disordered overlayer on the surface with no resulting FFT or LEED patterns.

  15. Strain-induced structural transformation of single-phase Al-Cu-Fe icosahedral quasicrystal during mechanical milling

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    Mukhopadhyay, N. K.; Ali, F.; Srivastava, V. C.; Yadav, T. P.; Sakaliyska, M.; Surreddi, K. B.; Scudino, S.; Uhlenwinkel, V.; Eckert, J.

    2011-07-01

    A single-phase stable icosahedral quasicrystalline sample of high quality with the composition Al62.5Cu25Fe12.5 was produced by the spray forming technique. The material was further investigated by mechanical milling under an argon atmosphere to avoid oxidation during milling. At the initial stages of milling (within 5 h) a significant broadening of the diffraction peaks was observed, indicating a reduction of crystallite size and the introduction of lattice strain, which can be linked to phason strain of the quasilattice. Line broadening was noticed to increase with increasing milling time and in the material milled for longer time only a few broad diffraction peaks, which can be identified as a nanoscale bcc phase (i.e. disordered B2 phase, a ∼ 2.9 Å), were visible. At this stage the diffraction signals belonging to the quasicrystals were no longer observable, indicating a complete transformation of the quasicrystals into the bcc phase. Finally, the bcc phase formed during milling transformed back to the quasicrystalline phase during subsequent annealing treatment. The microhardness measured on the milled powders was found to decrease with increasing milling time, most likely as a consequence of the increased volume fraction of the ductile bcc phase. Attempts are made to rationalize the structural transformation.

  16. Icosahedral AlCuFe quasicrystal at high pressure and temperature and its implications for the stability of icosahedrite.

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    Stagno, Vincenzo; Bindi, Luca; Shibazaki, Yuki; Tange, Yoshinori; Higo, Yuji; Mao, H-K; Steinhardt, Paul J; Fei, Yingwei

    2014-01-01

    The first natural-occurring quasicrystal, icosahedrite, was recently discovered in the Khatyrka meteorite, a new CV3 carbonaceous chondrite. Its finding raised fundamental questions regarding the effects of pressure and temperature on the kinetic and thermodynamic stability of the quasicrystal structure relative to possible isochemical crystalline or amorphous phases. Although several studies showed the stability at ambient temperature of synthetic icosahedral AlCuFe up to ~35 GPa, the simultaneous effect of temperature and pressure relevant for the formation of icosahedrite has been never investigated so far. Here we present in situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction experiments on synthetic icosahedral AlCuFe using multianvil device to explore possible temperature-induced phase transformations at pressures of 5 GPa and temperature up to 1773 K. Results show the structural stability of i-AlCuFe phase with a negligible effect of pressure on the volumetric thermal expansion properties. In addition, the structural analysis of the recovered sample excludes the transformation of AlCuFe quasicrystalline phase to possible approximant phases, which is in contrast with previous predictions at ambient pressure. Results from this study extend our knowledge on the stability of icosahedral AlCuFe at higher temperature and pressure than previously examined, and provide a new constraint on the stability of icosahedrite. PMID:25070248

  17. Microstructural analysis of a FeAl/quasicrystal-based composite prepared using a focused ion beam miller.

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    Cairney, J. M.; Munroe, P. R.; Sordelet, D. J.

    2001-02-01

    A composite consisting of a brittle multiphase matrix containing both an Al-based quasicrystalline phase (psi) and an ordered body centred cubic phase (beta) and a relatively ductile ordered body centred cubic intermetallic FeAl phase has been developed as an abrasive wear-resistant coating material. It is applied as a 500 µm thick layer onto stainless steel substrates through plasma spray processing. The microstructure of such materials can be readily examined by optical and scanning electron microscopy, but the inherent difficulty of preparing transmission electron microscope (TEM) samples has inhibited higher resolution studies. However, the relatively recent development of the focused ion beam (FIB) miller as a tool in materials science provides a method ideal for the preparation of TEM specimens of these materials. In this study a coating consisting of a mixture of an Al-Cu-Fe based quasicrystal and FeAl+Cr was deposited on to a 304 stainless steel substrate. TEM specimens were prepared using a FIB and subjected to detailed microstructural characterization. The structure consisted of elongated bands of a FeAl phase about 100 nm in width and several micrometres in length, which enclosed more equiaxed regions about 1 µm in diameter that consisted of fine mixtures of quasicrystal and two Al-Fe-Cu phases isostructurally related to FeAl.

  18. Schottky effect in the i -Zn-Ag-Sc-Tm icosahedral quasicrystal and its 1/1 Zn-Sc-Tm approximant

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    Jazbec, S.; Kashimoto, S.; Koželj, P.; Vrtnik, S.; Jagodič, M.; Jagličić, Z.; Dolinšek, J.

    2016-02-01

    The analysis of low-temperature specific heat of rare-earth (RE)-containing quasicrystals and periodic approximants and consequent interpretation of their electronic properties in the T →0 limit is frequently hampered by the Schottky effect, where crystalline electric fields lift the degeneracy of the RE-ion Hund's rule ground state and introduce additional contribution to the specific heat. In this paper we study the low-temperature specific heat of a thulium-containing i -Zn-Ag-Sc-Tm icosahedral quasicrystal and its 1/1 Zn-Sc-Tm approximant, both being classified as "Schottky" systems. We have derived the crystal-field Hamiltonian for pentagonal symmetry of the crystalline electric field, pertinent to the class of Tsai-type icosahedral quasicrystals and their approximants, where the RE ions are located on fivefold axes of the icosahedral atomic cluster. Using the leading term of this Hamiltonian, we have calculated analytically the Schottky specific heat in the presence of an external magnetic field and made comparison to the experimental specific heat of the investigated quasicrystal and approximant. When the low-temperature specific heat C is analyzed in a C /T versus T2 scale (as it is customarily done for metallic specimens), the Schottky specific heat yields an upturn in the T →0 limit that cannot be easily distinguished from a similar upturn produced by the electron-electron interactions in exchange-enhanced systems and strongly correlated systems. Our results show that extraction of the electronic properties of RE-containing quasicrystals from their low-temperature specific heat may be uncertain in the presence of the Schottky effect.

  19. Development of thermal rectifier using unusual electron thermal conductivity of icosahedral quasicrystals

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    Takeuchi, Tsunehiro

    2015-03-01

    The bulk thermal rectifiers usable at high temperature were developed using the unusual increase of electron thermal conductivity of icosahedral quasicrystals (ICQ's) at high temperature. Our previously performed analyses in terms of linear response theory suggested that the unusual increase of electron thermal conductivity of ICQ was brought about by the synergy effect of quasiperiodicity and narrow pseudogap at the Fermi level. Since the linear response theory suggests that the unusual increase of electron thermal conductivity is coupled with the small magnitude of Seebeck coefficient, the composition of Al-Cu-Fe ICQ, where the thermal conductivity shows the most significant increase with increasing temperature, was determined with a great help of Seebeck coefficient measurements. Consequently obtained Al61.5Cu26.5Fe12.0 ICQ, which was characterized by the small magnitude of Seebeck coefficient, possessed 9 times larger value of thermal conductivity at 1000 K than that observed at 300 K. The increasing tendency of electron thermal conductivity with increasing temperature was further enhanced by means of small amount of Re substitution for Fe. This substitution definitely reduced the lattice thermal conductivity while the electron thermal conductivity was kept unchanged. The lattice thermal conductivity was reduced by 35 % under the presence of 0.5 at.% Re, and the thermal conductivity at 1000 K consequently became about 11 times larger than that at 300 K. The thermal rectifiers were constructed using our newly developed ICQ (Al61.5Cu26.5Fe12.0 or Al61.0Si0.5Cu26.5Fe11.5Re0.5) together with one of the selected materials (Si, Al2O3, CuGeTe2 or Ag2Te) that possess thermal conductivity decreasing with increasing temperature. The heat current flowing in the rectifiers was confirmed to show significant direction dependence. The consequently obtained TRR =|Jlarge|/ |Jsmall | for the composite consisting of

  20. Theory of quasicrystal surfaces: Probing the chemical reactivity by atomic and molecular adsorption

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    Krajčí, M.; Hafner, J.

    The adsorption of oxygen and carbon atoms and of carbon monoxide molecules on a fivefold surface of icosahedral Al-Pd-Mn quasicrystals has been investigated using ab initio density-functional calculations. The quasicrystalline surface has been modeled by periodically repeated slabs cut from rational approximants to the quasicrystalline structure. Atomic and molecular adsorption have been studied for a large number of possible adsorption sites by performing three-dimensional static relaxations of the adsorbate/substrate complex. Four different scenarios for the dissociative adsorption of the CO molecule have been investigated via nudged-elastic band calculations of the transition states. Al and Mn-metal atoms present at the surface bind C and O atoms rather strongly, while Pd atoms are unstable adsorption sites: during relaxation, the adsorbate drifts to the nearest strong-binding site. The chemical reactivity with respect to a CO molecule varies very strongly across the surface. The adsorption close to Mn sites is promoted by rather strong covalent effects, but CO is only physisorbed at Al sites via weak polarization forces. On the basis of the observed local variations of the adsorption strength, we develop scenarios for dissociation and determine the potential energy barriers for this processes. We find that CO adsorbed close to a transition-metal atom can dissociate via an activated process, but the dissociation rate is expected to be rather low because of a high dissociation barrier and a "late" transition state. CO adsorbed close to Al atoms will desorb before dissociation. Surface vacancies present as a consequence of the irregular coordination of the Mackay cluster in the quasiperiodic structure will act as strongly attractive traps for diffusing molecules. Mn surface atoms are located in the center of truncated Mackay clusters. In scanning tunneling electron microscopy (STM) these truncated clusters are imaged as "white flowers". Surface vacancies are

  1. Self-imaging effect in photonic quasicrystal waveguides: Application to 3 dB power splitter for terahertz waves

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    Xu, Feixiang; Zou, Qiushun; Zhou, Quancheng; Wang, Tongbiao; Yu, Tianbao; Liu, Nianhua

    2016-05-01

    We report that self-imaging effect still can be achieved in photonic quasicrystal waveguides (PtQCWs) just as it does in photonic crystal waveguides. As a possible application of the results, a new kind of compact 3 dB PtQCWs-based power splitters based on this effect for terahertz waves with symmetric interference is presented and analyzed. The finite element method is used to calculate the distributions of stable-state electric field and evaluate transmission efficiency of these structures. The calculated results show that the proposed device provides a new compact model for exporting efficiently THz wave with a broad bandwidth to two channels averagely and can be extended to new designs of PtQCW devices.

  2. Two-Band Fibonacci Quasicrystal with Hybridization:. Exact Local GREEN’S Function Using the Renormalization-Group Method

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    Chakrabarti, A.; Karmakar, S. N.; Moitra, R. K.

    In this paper we present a study of the electronic properties of a one-dimensional Fibonacci chain with two hybridizing bands. Our study is motivated by recent experiments with quasicrystals in which transition metal atoms occupy positions of icosahedral symmetry. Using a recently proposed real space renormalization group scheme we make an exact analytical study of the two-band problem. We examine the effect of hybridization on the energy spectrum, the wave functions and the density of states of the Fibonacci chain. We find that the spectrum continues to remain a Cantor set even in the presence of hybridization. We conclude therefore this property of the spectrum is a purely structural effect. We present our results on the electronic density of states and show how hybridization produces additional structures in the energy spectrum.

  3. Low index-contrast aperiodically ordered photonic quasicrystals for the development of isotropic photonic band-gap devices

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    Priya Rose, T.; Di Gennaro, E.; Andreone, A.; Abbate, G.

    2010-05-01

    Photonic quasicrystals (PQCs) have neither true periodicity nor translational symmetry, however they can exhibit symmetries that are not achievable by conventional periodic structures. The arbitrarily high rotational symmetry of these materials can be practically exploited to manufacture isotropic band gap materials, which are perfectly suitable for hosting waveguides or cavities. In this work, formation and development of the photonic bandgap (PBG) in twodimensional 8-, 10- and 12-fold symmetry quasicrystalline lattices of low dielectric contrast (0.4-0.6) were measured in the microwave region and compared with the PBG properties of a conventional hexagonal crystal. Band-gap properties were also investigated by changing the direction of propagation of the incident beam inside the crystal. Various angles of incidence from 0° to 30° were used in order to investigate the isotropic nature of the band-gap.

  4. Non-near-field focus and imaging of an unpolarized electromagnetic wave through high-symmetry quasicrystals

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    Zhang, Xiangdong; Li, Zhiyuan; Cheng, Bingying; Zhang, Dao-Zhong

    2007-02-01

    The focus behaviors of electromagnetic wave through two-dimensional (2D) high-symmetry photonic quasicrystals (PQCs) have been investigated by using exact multi-scattering numerical simulation. We have found that the high-symmetry PQC flat lenses possess universal feature for non-near-field focus of two kinds of polarized waves. That is to say, the non-near-field focus for two kinds of polarized waves can be realized by using these flat lenses, which are consisting of 12-fold, 10-fold and 8-fold 2D PQCs with the same structures and parameters. Such a superior feature originates from higher rotational symmetry and negative refraction in the PQCs. Thus, potential applications of such a phenomenon to optical devices can be anticipated.

  5. Non-near-field focus and imaging of an unpolarized electromagnetic wave through high-symmetry quasicrystals.

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    Zhang, Xiangdong; Li, Zhiyuan; Cheng, Bingying; Zhang, Dao-Zhong

    2007-02-01

    The focus behaviors of electromagnetic wave through two-dimensional (2D) high-symmetry photonic quasicrystals (PQCs) have been investigated by using exact multi-scattering numerical simulation. We have found that the high-symmetry PQC flat lenses possess universal feature for non-near-field focus of two kinds of polarized waves. That is to say, the non-near-field focus for two kinds of polarized waves can be realized by using these flat lenses, which are consisting of 12-fold, 10-fold and 8-fold 2D PQCs with the same structures and parameters. Such a superior feature originates from higher rotational symmetry and negative refraction in the PQCs. Thus, potential applications of such a phenomenon to optical devices can be anticipated.

  6. Additional evidence from x-ray powder diffraction patterns that icosahedral quasi-crystals of intermetallic compounds are twinned cubic crystals

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    Pauling, L. )

    1988-07-01

    Analysis of the measured values of Q for the weak peaks (small maxima, usually considered to be background fluctuations, noise) on the x-ray powder diffraction curves for 17 rapidly quenched alloys leads directly to the conclusion that they are formed by an 820-atom or 1012-atom primitive cubic structure that by icosahedral twinning produces the so-called icosahedral quasi-crystals.

  7. Al{sub 70}Pd{sub 21.5}Mn{sub 8.5}: A quasicrystal showing the de haas-van Alphen effect

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    Haanappel, E.G.; Kycia, S.W.; Harmon, B.N.; Canfield, P.C.; Goldman, A.I.; Rabson, D.A.; Thompson, J.D.; Mueller, F.M.

    1995-07-01

    We have measured the de Haas-van Alphen effect in the icosahedral quasicrystal Al{sub 70}Pd{sub 21.5}Mn{sub 8.5}. We have found two well-defined frequencies with the magnetic field parallel to a five-fold axis, and two different ones with the field parallel to a two-fold axis. On increasing the temperature, the amplitude of the oscillations substantially decreased, suggesting that the carriers have large masses.

  8. Disordered structures of the TM-Mg-Zn 1/1 quasicrystal approximants (TM = Hf, Zr, or Ti) and chemical intergrowth.

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    Gómez, Cesar Pay; Ohhashi, Satoshi; Yamamoto, Akiji; Tsai, An Pang

    2008-09-15

    The structures of three quasicrystal approximant phases in the TM-Mg-Zn (TM = Hf, Zr, Ti) systems with the analyzed compositions Hf5Mg18Zn77, Zr5Mg18Zn77, and Ti5.5Mg17.5Zn77 have been synthesized, and their structures have been analyzed by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The structure analyses revealed that these cubic phases with the space group Pm3 contain two different rhombic-triacontahedral clusters. These clusters are so-called Bergman-type atomic clusters and previously known approximants of face-centered icosahedral (F-type) quasicrystals are composed only of Mackay-type clusters, thus these compounds are seen as new prototype structures. Electron density maps calculated by the maximum entropy method (MEM) show that one of the atomic clusters displays characteristic structural disorder. The disorder in these phases is related to the chemical intergrowth of different Friauf polyhedra, and the prospects of new guide lines for finding quasicrystals composed of such polyhedra are discussed.

  9. Optical reflectance and omnidirectional bandgaps in Fibonacci quasicrystals type 1-D multilayer structures containing exponentially graded material

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    Singh, Bipin K.; Thapa, Khem B.; Pandey, Praveen C.

    2013-06-01

    A theoretical study of optical reflectance and reflection bands of 1-D photonic quasi-crystals (Fibonacci type arrangement) composed of exponentially graded material is presented. The proposed structures consist of two different layers, one of them is of constant refractive index (L) and the other one is of exponentially graded refractive index (S) dielectric materials. Four different generations (2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th) of the Fibonacci sequence for 10 periods in one dimension (1-D) are considered and compared in view of their optical reflectance and bandgaps for both TE and TM polarisations. Also, we proposed some heterostructures made by the combination of different Fibonacci generations and their periods to obtain suitable omnidirectional reflection band. We used the transfer matrix method (TMM) to obtain the reflectance, bandgaps and omnidirectional reflectional bandgaps (ODR) of such structures in near infrared spectrum (800-2200 nm) at different angles of incidence. We show that ODR exists in these types of structures. The number of ODRs and total bandgap depend on the Fibonacci generations. Extraordinary ODR bandgaps are obtained in the case of heterostructures formed by the combination of different generations of the Fibonacci sequence. The ODR for these structures is similar to the ODR of photonic crystals containing left-handed materials. This work would be useful to study the Fibonacci type photonic crystals having graded index materials and also it will open new window to design several photonic crystal devices like sensors, reflectors, etc. in the infrared region.

  10. Unoccupied electronic states of icosahedral Al-Pd-Mn quasicrystals: Evidence of image potential resonance and pseudogap

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    Maniraj, M; Rai, Abhishek; Barman, S R; Krajci, M; Schlagel, Deborah L; Lograsso, Thomas A; Horn, K

    2014-09-01

    We study the unoccupied region of the electronic structure of the fivefold symmetric surface of an icosahedral (i) Al-Pd-Mn quasicrystal. A feature that exhibits parabolic dispersion with an effective mass of (1.15±0.1)me and tracks the change in the work function is assigned to an image potential resonance because our density functional calculation shows an absence of band gap in the respective energy region. We show that Sn grows pseudomorphically on i-Al-Pd-Mn as predicted by density functional theory calculations, and the energy of the image potential resonance tracks the change in the work function with Sn coverage. The image potential resonance appears much weaker in the spectrum from the related crystalline Al-Pd-Mn surface, demonstrating that its strength is related to the compatibility of the quasiperiodic wave functions in i-Al-Pd-Mn with the free-electron-like image potential states. Our investigation of the energy region immediately above EF provides unambiguous evidence for the presence of a pseudogap, in agreement with our density functional theory calculations.

  11. Giant Surfactants based on Precisely Functionalized POSS Nano-atoms: Tuning from Crystals to Frank-Kasper Phases and Quasicrystals

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    Cheng, Stephen Z. D.

    In creating new functional materials for advanced technologies, precisely control over functionality and their hierarchical ordered structures are vital for obtaining the desired properties. Giant polyhedra are a class of materials which are designed and constructed via deliberately placing precisely functionalized polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) and fullerene (C60) molecular nano-particles (MNPs) (so-called ``nano-atoms'') at the vertices of a polyhedron. Giant surfactants are consisted of polymer tail-tethered ``nano-atoms'' which are deliberately and precisely functionalized POSS or C60 molecular nano-particles (MNPs). The ``nano-atom'' heads and polymer tails thus have drastic chemical differences to impart amphiphilicity. These giant surfactants capture the essential structural features of their small-molecule counterparts in many ways but possess much larger sizes, and therefore, they are recognized as size-amplified versions of small molecule surfactants. Two of the most illustrating examples are a series of novel giant tetrahedra and a series of giant giant surfactants as building blocks to construct into hierarchical ordered super-lattice structures ranging from crystals, Frank-Kasper phases and quasicrystals in the condensed bulk states, reveals evidently the interconnections between soft matters and hard matters in sharing their common structures and fundamental knowledge. This work was supported by National Science Foundation (DMR-1409972).

  12. Magnetic and transport properties of i-R-Cd icosahedral quasicrystals (R=Y, Gd-Tm)

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    Kong, Tai; Bud'ko, Sergey L.; Jesche, Anton; McArthur, John; Kreyssig, Andreas; Goldman, Alan I.; Canfield, Paul C.

    2014-07-01

    We present a detailed characterization of the recently discovered i-R-Cd (R=Y,Gd-Tm) binary quasicrystals by means of x-ray diffraction, temperature-dependent dc and ac magnetization, temperature-dependent resistance, and temperature-dependent specific heat measurements. Structurally, the broadening of x-ray diffraction peaks found for i-R-Cd is dominated by frozen-in phason strain, which is essentially independent of R. i-Y-Cd is weakly diamagnetic and manifests a temperature-independent susceptibility. i-Gd-Cd can be characterized as a spin glass below 4.6 K via dc magnetization cusp, a third order nonlinear magnetic susceptibility peak, a frequency-dependent freezing temperature, and a broad maximum in the specific heat. i-R-Cd (R=Ho-Tm) is similar to i-Gd-Cd in terms of features observed in thermodynamic measurements. i-Tb-Cd and i-Dy-Cd do not show a clear cusp in their zero-field-cooled dc magnetization data, but instead show a more rounded, broad local maximum. The resistivity for i-R-Cd is of order 300μΩ cm and weakly temperature dependent. The characteristic freezing temperatures for i-R-Cd (R=Gd-Tm) deviate from the de Gennes scaling, in a manner consistent with crystal electric field splitting induced local moment anisotropy.

  13. Development of an icosahedral quasicrystal and two approximants in the Ca-Au-Sn system: syntheses and structural analyses.

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    Lin, Qisheng; Corbett, John D

    2010-11-15

    The realm of Tsai-type (YCd(6)-type) quasicrystals (QCs) and their approximants (ACs) continues to expand to the east in the periodic table. The heavy tetrel Sn is now one of the major components in the new Ca(15.0(5))Au(60.0(4))Sn(25.0(2)) (atom %) icosahedral QC and in the corresponding 1/1 and 2/1 ACs. (The 2/1 AC with Yb is also established.) Single-crystal X-ray diffraction on a 1/1 AC gives the refined formula of Ca(3)Au(14.36(3))Sn(4.38(5)) in space group Im3, a = 15.131(1) Å, whereas a representative 2/1 AC gives Ca(13)Au(47.2(1))Sn(28.1(1)), Pa3 and a = 24.444(1) Å. Both ACs contain five-shell multiply endohedral triacontahedral clusters as the common building blocks, as in the parent structure of YCd(6). The 2/1 AC also contains four Ca(2)-dimer-centered prolate rhombohedra (PRs) in the unit cell. The long-range order between triacontahedra and PRs in the 2/1 AC is the same as those in Bergman-type 2/1 ACs. A TB-LMTO-ASA calculation on an ideal 1/1 AC model reveals a shallow pseudogap in the total densities-of-states data around the Fermi energy, as expected. The depth of the pseudogap is considerably enhanced through interactions between the Ca 3d states and s and p states of Au and Sn. PMID:20939550

  14. Development of an icosahedral quasicrystal and two approximants in the Ca-Au-Sn system: syntheses and structural analyses.

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    Lin, Qisheng; Corbett, John D

    2010-11-15

    The realm of Tsai-type (YCd(6)-type) quasicrystals (QCs) and their approximants (ACs) continues to expand to the east in the periodic table. The heavy tetrel Sn is now one of the major components in the new Ca(15.0(5))Au(60.0(4))Sn(25.0(2)) (atom %) icosahedral QC and in the corresponding 1/1 and 2/1 ACs. (The 2/1 AC with Yb is also established.) Single-crystal X-ray diffraction on a 1/1 AC gives the refined formula of Ca(3)Au(14.36(3))Sn(4.38(5)) in space group Im3, a = 15.131(1) Å, whereas a representative 2/1 AC gives Ca(13)Au(47.2(1))Sn(28.1(1)), Pa3 and a = 24.444(1) Å. Both ACs contain five-shell multiply endohedral triacontahedral clusters as the common building blocks, as in the parent structure of YCd(6). The 2/1 AC also contains four Ca(2)-dimer-centered prolate rhombohedra (PRs) in the unit cell. The long-range order between triacontahedra and PRs in the 2/1 AC is the same as those in Bergman-type 2/1 ACs. A TB-LMTO-ASA calculation on an ideal 1/1 AC model reveals a shallow pseudogap in the total densities-of-states data around the Fermi energy, as expected. The depth of the pseudogap is considerably enhanced through interactions between the Ca 3d states and s and p states of Au and Sn.

  15. Structural refinement of 1/1 bcc approximants to quasicrystals: Bergman-type W(TiZrNi) and Mackay-type M(TiZrFe)

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    Kim, W. J.; Gibbons, P. C.; Kelton, K. F.; Yelon, W. B.

    1998-08-01

    We report the structural refinement of large-unit-cell bcc crystalline phases found in Ti-Zr-Ni and Ti-Zr-Fe alloys, which are 1/1 rational approximants of icosahedral quasicrystals in the same alloys. The structure of the stable 1/1 phase W(TiZrNi), lattice constant ao=14.317 Å, determined by a Rietveld analysis of x-ray and neutron powder diffraction data, is closely related to that of the 1/1 phases R(AlLiCu) and Bergman(AlMgZn), containing Bergman-type icosahedral clusters of atoms. Despite the similar chemistry of the 1/1 phases in Ti-Zr-Ni and Ti-Zr-Fe alloys, the 1/1 phase M(TiZrFe) contains double-shell Mackay icosahedra, like those found in the 1/1 phase α(TiCrSiO). These results provide starting structures for six-dimensional refinements of the related quasicrystals.

  16. Solute-derived thermal stability of nanocrystalline aluminum and processing factor influence on the formation of Al6Mn quasicrystals in melt-spinning

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    Baker, Andrew H.

    Thermal stability of nanograined metals can be difficult to attain due to the large driving force for grain growth that arises from the significant boundary area constituted by the nanostructure. Kinetic approaches for stabilization of the nanostructure effective at low homologous temperatures often fail at higher homologous temperatures. Thermodynamic approaches for thermal stabilization may offer higher temperature stability. In this research, modest alloying of aluminum with solute (1 at.% Sc, Yb, or Sr) was examined as a means to thermodynamically stabilize a bulk nanostructure at elevated temperatures. After using melt-spinning and ball-milling to create an extended solid-solution and nanostructure with average grain size on the order of 30-45 nm, 1 h annealing treatments at 673 K (0.72 Tm) , 773 K (0.83 Tm) , and 873 K (0.94 Tm) were applied. The alloys remain nanocrystalline (<100 nm) as measured by Warren-Averbach Fourier analysis of x-ray diffraction peaks and direct observation of TEM dark field micrographs, with the efficacy of stabilization: Sr>Yb>Sc. Disappearance of intermetallic phases in the Sr and Yb alloys in the x-ray diffraction spectra are observed to occur coincident with the stabilization after annealing, suggesting that precipitates dissolve and the boundaries are enriched with solute. Melt-spinning has also been shown to be an effective process to produce a class of ordered, but non-periodic crystals called quasicrystals. However, many of the factors related to the creation of the quasicrystals through melt-spinning are not optimized for specific chemistries and alloy systems. In a related but separate aspect of this research, melt-spinning was utilized to create metastable quasicrystalline Al6Mn in an alpha-Al matrix through rapid solidification of Al-8Mn (by mol) and Al-10Mn (by mol) alloys. Wheel speed of the melt-spinning wheel and orifice diameter of the tube reservoir were varied to determine their effect on the resulting volume

  17. Dynamical Diffraction and X-Ray Standing Waves from Atomic Planes Normal to a Twofold Symmetry Axis of the Quasicrystal AlPdMn

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    Jach, T.; Zhang, Y.; Colella, R.; de Boissieu, M.; Boudard, M.; Goldman, A.I.; Lograsso, T.A.; Delaney, D.W.; Kycia, S.

    1999-04-01

    We have observed dynamical diffraction in the 0240{ovr 2}4 and 0460{ovr 4}6 reflections of the icosahedral quasicrystal AlPdMn in the back-reflection geometry ({theta}{sub B}=90{degree} ). The x-ray fluorescence from the Al and Pd atoms exhibits strong standing wave behavior, similar to that observed in crystalline materials. The data indicate a long-range order of each species of atoms, with the coherent positions attributable to distributions of the Al and Pd, which we compare to a centrosymmetric model. We observe deviations from the model which imply small departures from inversion symmetry along the twofold symmetry axis and from the expected coherent fractions for Al. {copyright} {ital 1999} {ital The American Physical Society}

  18. Syntheses optimization, structural and thermoelectric properties of 1/1 Tsai-type quasicrystal approximants in RE-Au-SM systems (RE=Yb, Gd and SM=Si, Ge).

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    Gebresenbut, Girma Hailu; Tamura, Ryuji; Eklöf, Daniel; Gómez, Cesar Pay

    2013-04-01

    Yb-Cd (Tsai-type) quasicrystals constitute the largest icosahedral quasicrystal family where Yb can be replaced by other rare earth elements (RE) and Cd by pairs of p- and d-block elements. YbCd6 is a prototype 1/1 Tsai-type approximant phase which has a similar local structure to the Yb-Cd quasicrystal. In this study, the syntheses of Yb15.78Au65.22Ge19.00, Gd14.34Au67.16Ge18.5 and Gd14.19Au69.87Si15.94 Tsai-type 1/1 quasicrystal approximants are optimized using the self-flux technique. The crystal structures of the compounds are refined by collecting single crystal x-ray diffraction data. The structural refinements indicated that the compounds are essentially isostructural with some differences at their cluster centers. The basic polyhedral cluster unit in all the three compounds can be described by concentric shells of icosahedra symmetry and of disordered tetrahedra and/or a rare earth atom at the cluster center. Furthermore, the thermoelectric properties of the compounds are probed and their dimensionless figures of merit are calculated at different temperatures. A significant difference is observed in their thermoelectric properties, which could arise due to the slight difference in their crystal structure and chemical composition, as we move from Ge to Si and/or Gd to Yb. Therefore, this study shows the systematic effect of the chemical substitution of structurally similar materials on their thermoelectric properties.

  19. Modeling quasi-lattice with octagonal symmetry

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    Girzhon, V. V.; Smolyakov, O. V.; Zakharenko, M. I.

    2014-11-15

    We prove the possibility to use the method of modeling of a quasi-lattice with octagonal symmetry similar to that proposed earlier for the decagonal quasicrystal. The method is based on the multiplication of the groups of basis sites according to specified rules. This model is shown to be equivalent to the method of the periodic lattice projection, but is simpler because it considers merely two-dimensional site groups. The application of the proposed modeling procedure to the reciprocal lattice of octagonal quasicrystals shows a fairly good matching with the electron diffraction pattern. Similarly to the decagonal quasicrystals, the possibility of three-index labeling of the diffraction reflections is exhibited in this case. Moreover, the ascertained ratio of indices provides information on the intensity of diffraction reflections.

  20. Scanning tuneeling microscopy studies of fivefold surfaces of icosahedral Al-Pd-Mn quasicrystals and of thin silver films on those surfaces

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    Unal, Baris

    2008-01-01

    The present work in this dissertation mainly focuses on the clean fivefold surfaces of i-Al-Pd-Mn quasicrystals as well as the nucleation and growth of Ag films on these surfaces. In addition, Ag film growth on NiAl(110) has been explored in the frame of this dissertation. First, we have investigated the equilibration of a fivefold surface of icosahedral Al-Pd-Mn quasicrystal at 900-915 K and 925-950 K, using Omicron variable temperature scanning tunneling microscope (STM). Annealing at low temperatures resulted in many voids on some terraces while the others were almost void-free. After annealing at 925-950K, void-rich terraces became much rarer. Our STM images suggest that through growth and coalescence of the voids, a different termination becomes exposed on host terraces. All of these observations in our study indicate that even after the quasicrystalline terrace-step structure appears, it evolves with time and temperature. More specifically, based on the STM observations, we conclude that during the annealing a wide range of energetically similar layers nucleate as surface terminations, however, with increasing temperature (and time) this distribution gets narrower via elimination of the metastable void-rich terraces. Next, we have examined the bulk structural models of icosahedral Al-Pd-Mn quasicrystal in terms of the densities, compositions and interplanar spacings for the fivefold planes that might represent physical surface terminations. In our analyses, we mainly have focused on four deterministic models which have no partial or mixed occupancy but we have made some comparisons with an undeterministic model. We have compared the models with each other and also with the available experimental data including STM, LEED-IV, XPD and LEIS. In all deterministic models, there are two different families of layers (a pair of planes), and the nondeterministic model contains similar group of planes. These two families differ in terms of the chemical decoration of

  1. A hybrid simulated method for analyzing the optical efficiency of a head-mounted display with a quasi-crystal OLED panel.

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    Chang, Kao-Der; Li, Chang-Yi; Pan, Jui-Wen; Cheng, Kuei-Yuan

    2014-03-10

    Organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) with a quasi-crystal (QC) structure are analyzed and applied in a head-mounted display (HMD) system in this study. We adopt a hybrid simulated method to evaluate the light extraction efficiency (LEE) and far-field pattern in the air, and study the relationship between them. The simulation results show that OLEDs implanted with the QC structure can provide a collimated far-field pattern to increase the brightness. Using this 10-fold QC arrangement the maxima LEE of the OLEDs can be increased by 1.20 times. Compared with conventional OLEDs, the viewing angle of the OLED panel decreases from 120 degrees to 26 degrees with an improvement in the optical efficiency of the HMD system by 2.66 times. Moreover, the normalized on-axis intensity in the pupil of the eyepiece can be enlarged up to 3.95 times which suggests that the OLED panel can save 74.68% energy while achieving the same on-axis intensity as conventional OLEDs.

  2. Sign of canted ferromagnetism in the quasicrystal approximants Au-SM-R (SM = Si, Ge and Sn / R = Tb, Dy and Ho).

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    Hiroto, T; Tokiwa, K; Tamura, R

    2014-05-28

    Magnetic susceptibility and magnetization of the quasicrystal approximants Au-SM-R (SM = Si, Ge or Sn / R = Gd, Tb, Dy or Ho) are investigated. Ferromagnetic transitions are observed in all of these compounds, in contrast to the spin-glass behavior reported in similar compounds, Ag-In-R (R = Eu, Gd, Tb or Dy). Au-SM-Gd (SM = Si, Ge or Sn) exhibit a simple ferromagnetic transition at 22.5, 13 and 9 K, respectively, whereas Au-Si-(Tb, Dy or Ho) show indications of a canted ferromagnetic transition at 8.3, 5.9 and 3.8 K, respectively. The latter are attributed to a crystal electric field effect that is absent in the Gd-bearing compounds. The ferromagnetic behavior in Au-SM-R may be understood to be a consequence of the short R-R distances compared to those for Cd-R and Ag-In-R.

  3. Location and energy of interstitial hydrogen in the 1/1 approximant W-TiZrNi of the icosahedral TiZrNi quasicrystal: Rietveld refinement of x-ray and neutron diffraction data and density-functional calculations

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    Hennig, R. G.; Majzoub, E. H.; Kelton, K. F.

    2006-05-01

    We present a determination of hydrogen sites in the 1/1 approximant structure of the icosahedral TiZrNi quasicrystal. A Rietveld refinement of neutron and x-ray diffraction data determines the locations of interstitial hydrogen atoms. Density-functional methods calculate the energy of hydrogen on all possible interstitial sites. The Rietveld refinement shows that the hydrogen atoms are preferentially located in the two lowest-energy sites. The filling of the remaining hydrogen sites is dominated by the repulsive hydrogen-hydrogen interaction at short distances.

  4. Ordering and growth of rare gas films (Xe, Kr, Ar, and Ne) on the pseudo-ten-fold quasicrystalline approximant Al₁₃Co₄(100) surface.

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    Petucci, J; Karimi, M; Huang, Y-T; Curtarolo, S; Diehl, R D

    2014-03-01

    Adsorption of the rare gases Kr, Ar, and Ne on the complex alloy surface Al₁₃Co₄(100) was studied using grand canonical Monte Carlo (GCMC) computer simulations. This surface is an approximant to the ten-fold decagonal Al-Ni-Co quasicrystalline surface, on which rare gas adsorption was studied previously. Comparison of adsorption results on the periodic Al₁₃Co₄(100) surface with those of the quasiperiodic Al-Ni-Co surface indicates some similarities, such as layer-by-layer growth, and some dissimilarities, such as the formation of Archimedes tiling phases (Mikhael et al 2008 Nature 454 501, Shechtman et al 1984 Phys. Rev. Lett. 53 1951, Macia 2006 Rep. Prog. Phys. 69 397, Schmiedeberg et al 2010 Eur. Phys. J. E 32 25-34, Kromer et al 2012 Phys. Rev. Lett. 108 218301, Schmiedeberg and Stark 2008 Phys. Rev. Lett. 101 218302). The conditions under which Archimedes tiling phases (ATP) emerge on Al₁₃Co₄(100) are examined and their presence is related to the gas-gas and gas-surface interaction parameters. PMID:24521558

  5. Ordering and growth of rare gas films (Xe, Kr, Ar, and Ne) on the pseudo-ten-fold quasicrystalline approximant Al₁₃Co₄(100) surface.

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    Petucci, J; Karimi, M; Huang, Y-T; Curtarolo, S; Diehl, R D

    2014-03-01

    Adsorption of the rare gases Kr, Ar, and Ne on the complex alloy surface Al₁₃Co₄(100) was studied using grand canonical Monte Carlo (GCMC) computer simulations. This surface is an approximant to the ten-fold decagonal Al-Ni-Co quasicrystalline surface, on which rare gas adsorption was studied previously. Comparison of adsorption results on the periodic Al₁₃Co₄(100) surface with those of the quasiperiodic Al-Ni-Co surface indicates some similarities, such as layer-by-layer growth, and some dissimilarities, such as the formation of Archimedes tiling phases (Mikhael et al 2008 Nature 454 501, Shechtman et al 1984 Phys. Rev. Lett. 53 1951, Macia 2006 Rep. Prog. Phys. 69 397, Schmiedeberg et al 2010 Eur. Phys. J. E 32 25-34, Kromer et al 2012 Phys. Rev. Lett. 108 218301, Schmiedeberg and Stark 2008 Phys. Rev. Lett. 101 218302). The conditions under which Archimedes tiling phases (ATP) emerge on Al₁₃Co₄(100) are examined and their presence is related to the gas-gas and gas-surface interaction parameters.

  6. A comparative study of the magnetic properties of the 1/1 approximant Ag(50)In(36)Gd(14) and the icosahedral quasicrystal Ag(50)In(36)Gd(14).

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    Wang, P; Stadnik, Z M; Al-Qadi, K; Przewoźnik, J

    2009-10-28

    We report on measurements of the dc and ac magnetic susceptibility, (155)Gd Mössbauer spectra, and specific heat of the 1/1 approximant Ag(50)In(36)Gd(14), and of the ac magnetic susceptibility of the icosahedral quasicrystal Ag(50)In(36)Gd(14). These alloys are shown to be spin glasses. For the icosahedral quasicrystal Ag(50)In(36)Gd(14), spin freezing occurs at T(f) = 4.3 K, and the frequency dependence of T(f) is well accounted for by the Vogel-Fulcher and power laws. Spin freezing in the 1/1 approximant Ag(50)In(36)Gd(14) occurs in two stages: at T(f(1)) = 3.7 K, Gd spins develop short-range correlations but continue to fluctuate, and then long-range freezing is achieved at T(f(2)) = 2.4 K. The frequency dependences of T(f(1)) and T(f(2)) can be accounted for by means of the Vogel-Fulcher law and the critical slowing down dynamics. It is shown that the spin freezing in both alloys is a nonequilibrium phenomenon rather than a true equilibrium phase transition. The (155)Gd Mössbauer spectra of the 1/1 approximant Ag(50)In(36)Gd(14) confirm that the Gd spins are frozen at 1.5 K and are fluctuating at 4.6 K. The magnetic specific heat exhibits a maximum at a temperature that is 30% larger than T(f(1)), but the temperature derivative of the magnetic entropy peaks at T(f(1)). The Debye temperature of the 1/1 approximant Ag(50)In(36)Gd(14) is 199(1) K as determined from the Mössbauer data, and 205(2) K as determined from the specific heat data.

  7. A comparative study of the magnetic properties of the 1/1 approximant Ag(50)In(36)Gd(14) and the icosahedral quasicrystal Ag(50)In(36)Gd(14).

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    Wang, P; Stadnik, Z M; Al-Qadi, K; Przewoźnik, J

    2009-10-28

    We report on measurements of the dc and ac magnetic susceptibility, (155)Gd Mössbauer spectra, and specific heat of the 1/1 approximant Ag(50)In(36)Gd(14), and of the ac magnetic susceptibility of the icosahedral quasicrystal Ag(50)In(36)Gd(14). These alloys are shown to be spin glasses. For the icosahedral quasicrystal Ag(50)In(36)Gd(14), spin freezing occurs at T(f) = 4.3 K, and the frequency dependence of T(f) is well accounted for by the Vogel-Fulcher and power laws. Spin freezing in the 1/1 approximant Ag(50)In(36)Gd(14) occurs in two stages: at T(f(1)) = 3.7 K, Gd spins develop short-range correlations but continue to fluctuate, and then long-range freezing is achieved at T(f(2)) = 2.4 K. The frequency dependences of T(f(1)) and T(f(2)) can be accounted for by means of the Vogel-Fulcher law and the critical slowing down dynamics. It is shown that the spin freezing in both alloys is a nonequilibrium phenomenon rather than a true equilibrium phase transition. The (155)Gd Mössbauer spectra of the 1/1 approximant Ag(50)In(36)Gd(14) confirm that the Gd spins are frozen at 1.5 K and are fluctuating at 4.6 K. The magnetic specific heat exhibits a maximum at a temperature that is 30% larger than T(f(1)), but the temperature derivative of the magnetic entropy peaks at T(f(1)). The Debye temperature of the 1/1 approximant Ag(50)In(36)Gd(14) is 199(1) K as determined from the Mössbauer data, and 205(2) K as determined from the specific heat data. PMID:21832453

  8. Enhancement of light output power of GaN-based light-emitting diodes with photonic quasi-crystal patterned on p-GaN surface and n-side sidewall roughing.

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    Lai, Fang-I; Yang, Jui-Fu

    2013-05-17

    In this paper, GaN-based light-emitting diodes (LEDs) with photonic quasi-crystal (PQC) structure on p-GaN surface and n-side roughing by nano-imprint lithography are fabricated and investigated. At an injection current of 20 mA, the LED with PQC structure on p-GaN surface and n-side roughing increased the light output power of the InGaN/GaN multiple quantum well LEDs by a factor of 1.42, and the wall-plug efficiency is 26% higher than the conventional GaN-based LED type. After 500-h life test (55°C/50 mA), it was found that the normalized output power of GaN-based LED with PQC structure on p-GaN surface and n-side roughing only decreased by 6%. These results offer promising potential to enhance the light output powers of commercial light-emitting devices using the technique of nano-imprint lithography.

  9. Enhancement of light output power of GaN-based light-emitting diodes with photonic quasi-crystal patterned on p-GaN surface and n-side sidewall roughing

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    2013-01-01

    In this paper, GaN-based light-emitting diodes (LEDs) with photonic quasi-crystal (PQC) structure on p-GaN surface and n-side roughing by nano-imprint lithography are fabricated and investigated. At an injection current of 20 mA, the LED with PQC structure on p-GaN surface and n-side roughing increased the light output power of the InGaN/GaN multiple quantum well LEDs by a factor of 1.42, and the wall-plug efficiency is 26% higher than the conventional GaN-based LED type. After 500-h life test (55°C/50 mA), it was found that the normalized output power of GaN-based LED with PQC structure on p-GaN surface and n-side roughing only decreased by 6%. These results offer promising potential to enhance the light output powers of commercial light-emitting devices using the technique of nano-imprint lithography. PMID:23683526

  10. Topological pumping over a photonic Fibonacci quasicrystal

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    Verbin, Mor; Zilberberg, Oded; Lahini, Yoav; Kraus, Yaacov E.; Silberberg, Yaron

    2015-02-01

    Quasiperiodic lattices have recently been shown to be a nontrivial topological phase of matter. Charge pumping—one of the hallmarks of topological states of matter—was recently realized for photons in a one-dimensional off-diagonal Harper model implemented in a photonic waveguide array. However, if the relationship between topological pumps and quasiperiodic systems is generic, one might wonder how to observe it in the canonical and most studied quasicrystalline system in one dimension—the Fibonacci chain. This chain is expected to facilitate a similar phenomenon, yet its discrete nature hinders the experimental study of such topological effects. Here, we overcome this obstacle by utilizing the topological equivalence of a family of quasiperiodic models which ranges from the Fibonacci chain to the Harper model. Implemented in photonic waveguide arrays, we observe the topological properties of this family, and perform a topological pumping of photons across a Fibonacci chain.

  11. Basis for Synthesis of Spiral Lattice Quasicrystals

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    Bursill, L. A.; Ryan, George; Fan, Xudong; Rouse, J. L.; Peng, Julin; Perkins, Anne

    Observations of the sunflower Helianthus tuberosus reveal the occurrence of both Fibonacci and Lucas numbers of visible spirals (parastichies). This species is multi-headed, allowing a quantitative study of the relative abundance of these two types of phyllotaxis. The florets follow a spiral arrangement. It is remarkable that the Lucas series occurred, almost invariably, in the first-flowering heads of individual plants. The occurrence of left-and right-handed chirality was found to be random, within experimental error, using an appropriate chirality convention. Quantitative crystallographic studies allow the average growth law to be derived (r = alτ-1 θ = 2πl/(τ + 1), where a is a constant, l is the seed cell number and τ is the golden mean (1 +√ {5})/2). They also reveal departures from classical theoretical models of phyllotaxis, taking the form of persistent oscillations in both divergence angle and radius. The experimental results are discussed in terms of a new theoretical model for the close-packing of growing discs. Finally, a basis for synthesis of (inorganic) spiral lattice structures is proposed.

  12. Marquardt’s Facial Golden Decagon Mask and Its Fitness with South Indian Facial Traits

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    Gandikota, Chandra Sekhar; Yadagiri, Poornima K; Manne, Ranjit; Juvvadi, Shubhaker Rao; Farah, Tamkeen; Vattipelli, Shilpa; Gumbelli, Sangeetha

    2016-01-01

    Introduction The mathematical ratio of 1:1.618 which is famously known as golden ratio seems to appear recurrently in beautiful things in nature as well as in other things that are seen as beautiful. Dr. Marquardt developed a facial golden mask that contains and includes all of the one-dimensional and two-dimensional geometric golden elements formed from the golden ratio and he claimed that beauty is universal, beautiful faces conforms to the facial golden mask regardless of sex and race. Aim The purpose of this study was to evaluate the goodness of fit of the golden facial mask with the South Indian facial traits. Materials and Methods A total of 150 subjects (75 males & 75 females) with attractive faces were selected with cephalometric orthodontic standards of a skeletal class I relation. The facial aesthetics was confirmed by the aesthetic evaluation of the frontal photographs of the subjects by a panel of ten evaluators including five orthodontists and five maxillofacial surgeons. The well-proportioned photographs were superimposed with the Golden mask along the reference lines, to evaluate the goodness of fit. Results South Indian males and females invariably show a wider inter-zygomatic and inter-gonial width than the golden mask. Most of the South Indian females and males show decreased mid-facial height compared to the golden mask, while the total facial height is more or less equal to the golden mask. Conclusion Ethnic or individual discrepancies cannot be totally ignored as in our study the mask did not fit exactly with the South Indian facial traits but, the beauty ratios came closer to those of the mask. To overcome this difficulty, there is a need to develop variants of golden facial mask for different ethnic groups. PMID:27190951

  13. Synthesis of nanocrystalline (Co, Ni)Al2O4 spinel powder by mechanical milling of quasicrystalline materials.

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    Yadav, T P; Mukhopadhyay, N K; Tiwari, R S; Srivastava, O N

    2007-02-01

    In the present study, attempts have been made to synthesize the nano-crystalline (Co, Ni)Al2O4 spinel powders by ball milling and subsequent annealing. An alloy of Al70Co15Ni15, exhibiting the formation of a complex intermetallic compound known as decagonal quasicrystal is selected as the starting material for mechanical milling. It is interesting to note that this alloy is close to the stoichiometry of aluminum and transition metal atoms required to form the aluminate spinel. The milling was carried out in an attritor mill at 400 rpm for 40 hours with ball to powder ratio of 20 : 1 in hexane medium. Subsequent to this annealing was performed in an air ambience for 10, 20, and 40 h at 600 degrees C in side the furnace in order to oxidize the decagonal phase and finally to form the spinel structure. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) confirmed the formation of nano-sized decagonal phase after milling and then (Co, Ni)Al2O4 spinel type phase after annealing. The XRD studies reveal the lattice parameter to be 8.075 angstroms and the lattice strain as 0.6%. The XRD and TEM explorations of spinel phase indicate the average grain size to be approximately 40 nm.

  14. Molecular dynamics simulations of laser induced surface melting in orthorhombic Al13Co4

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    Sonntag, S.; Roth, J.; Trebin, H.-R.

    2010-10-01

    Laser induced surface melting of the aluminum-cobalt alloy Al13Co4 is investigated. For the simulations of the lattice ions we use molecular dynamics, while for the time evolution of the electron temperature a generalized heat-conduction equation is solved. Energy transfer between the sub-systems is allowed by an electron-phonon coupling term. This combined treatment of the electronic and atomic systems is an extension of the well-known two-temperature model [Anisimov et al. in JETP Lett. 39(2), 1974]. The alloy shows large structural affinity to decagonal quasicrystals, which have an in-plane five-fold symmetry,while in perpendicular direction the planes are stacked periodically. As a consequence we observe slight anisotropic melting behavior.

  15. Fivefold i-Al-Pd-Mn surface as template for growing monatomic quasiperiodic layers: First-principles simulations for adatoms from groups one to three

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    Krajčí, Marian; Hafner, J.

    2008-04-01

    By using ab initio density-functional calculations, we have explored the conditions for the formation of quasiperiodic overlayers on top of a fivefold surface of an icosahedral Al-Pd-Mn quasicrystal. We calculate binding energies of single adatoms at special sites of the surface, with the aim to construct the potential-energy landscape of the quasiperiodic surface. We show that the energetically favorable adsorption sites are located at the vertices of a DHBS tiling [consisting of decagons (D), hexagons (H), boats (B), and stars (S)] describing the quasiperiodic ordering of the surface. An idealized structural model for the adlayer is constructed by decorating the interior of these tiles such that atoms are placed again in energetically favorable locations and that the local arrangement does not break the fivefold symmetry of the underlying substrate. The stability of this idealized structure is probed for elements from groups one to three of the Periodic Table by performing a conjugate-gradient relaxation under the action of the ab initio calculated forces. We demonstrate that in addition to a strong binding of the adatoms to the substrate, the size of the adatoms and the achievement of a dense surface coverage are the most important factors influencing the stability of quasiperiodic ordering in the adsorbed monolayer. From the analysis of the geometrical distribution of the adsorption sites, we conclude that a dense quasiperiodic overlayer with a density of 0.066atoms/Å2 (corresponding to a coverage Θ≈0.50 monolayers) can be formed by adatoms with an atomic size of 3.7ű0.4Å . Atoms with this size are Na, Ca, Y, and La. We suggest that these elements and presumably also most rare-earth elements are good candidates for the formation of highly regular quasiperiodic adlayers with a structure described by a decagonal DHBS tiling consisting of decagons, hexagons, boats, and pentagonal stars.

  16. Embedding quasicrystals in a periodic cell: dynamics in quasiperiodic structures.

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    Kraemer, Atahualpa S; Sanders, David P

    2013-09-20

    We introduce a construction to "periodize" a quasiperiodic lattice of obstacles, i.e., embed it into a unit cell in a higher-dimensional space, reversing the projection method used to form quasilattices. This gives an algorithm for simulating dynamics, as well as a natural notion of uniform distribution, in quasiperiodic structures. It also shows the generic existence of channels, where particles travel without colliding, up to a critical obstacle radius, which we calculate for a Penrose tiling. As an application, we find superdiffusion in the presence of channels, and a subdiffusive regime when obstacles overlap.

  17. Method of making quasicrystal alloy powder, protective coatings and articles

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    Shield, Jeffrey E.; Goldman, Alan I.; Anderson, Iver E.; Ellis, Timothy W.; McCallum, R. William; Sordelet, Daniel J.

    1995-07-18

    A method of making quasicrystalline alloy particulates wherein an alloy is superheated and the melt is atomized to form generally spherical alloy particulates free of mechanical fracture and exhibiting a predominantly quasicrystalline in the atomized condition structure. The particulates can be plasma sprayed to form a coating or consolidated to form an article of manufacture.

  18. Method of making quasicrystal alloy powder, protective coatings and articles

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    Shield, J.E.; Goldman, A.I.; Anderson, I.E.; Ellis, T.W.; McCallum, R.W.; Sordelet, D.J.

    1995-07-18

    A method of making quasicrystalline alloy particulates is disclosed wherein an alloy is superheated and the melt is atomized to form generally spherical alloy particulates free of mechanical fracture and exhibiting a predominantly quasicrystalline in the atomized condition structure. The particulates can be plasma sprayed to form a coating or consolidated to form an article of manufacture. 3 figs.

  19. Bandgap isotropy in photonic quasicrystals with low-index contrast

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    Andreone, Antonello; Abbate, Giancarlo; Di Gennaro, Emiliano; Rose Thankamani, Priya

    2012-05-01

    Formation and development of the photonic band gap in two-dimensional 8-, 10-, and 12-fold symmetry quasicrystalline lattices of low-index contrast are reported. Finite-size structures made of dielectric cylindrical rods are studied and measured in the microwave region, and their properties are compared with a conventional hexagonal crystal. Band-gap characteristics are investigated by changing the direction of propagation of the incident beam inside the crystal. Various angles of incidence are used to investigate the isotropic nature of the band gap.

  20. No inherent glassiness in a Penrose tiling quasicrystal

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    Strandburg, K.J.; Dressel, P.R.

    1988-11-01

    Consideration of the structure of the Penrose pattern has led to speculation that a system with a Penrose tiling ground state might be subject to inherent glassy behavior. Monte Carol simulations show, using a simple model of the energetics, that there is no inherent glassiness in the Penrose tiling. Thermodynamic quantities measured are completely reversible, displaying no observable hysterisis, and the system may be easily cooled from a highly disordered configuration into its lowest energy state. 11 refs., 7 figs.

  1. Electronic Properties of Ordered Quasicrystals and Related Phases

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    Biggs, Byron Davis

    An extensive, systematic study of the electronic properties of the well-ordered icosahedral (i-) phases and related crystalline and amorphous phases is presented. Barely metallic behavior is observed in the ordered i-crystals, including high resistivities with large temperature coefficients, low electronic densities of states at the Fermi energy, large values of the low-temperature Hall coefficients, and unusual temperature dependences of the Hall coefficients and the thermoelectric powers. In addition, rapid variations of these properties with small changes in composition are observed. Similar behavior is seen in crystalline approximant structures, which are close crystalline analogues of the i-phase. With increasing structural disorder in disordered i-phases and in the totally disordered amorphous (a-) phases, the familiar metallic-glass-like electronic properties are restored. This striking electronic behavior is shown to be due to band structure effects. The high resistivities, low densities of states, and low carrier densities are shown to be due to the structural scattering mechanism of the Fermi-surface-Jones-zone interaction, which is enhanced due to the high degree of structural ordering and, in the i-phases, due to the icosahedral symmetry. The unusual temperature dependences of the Hall coefficients and thermoelectric powers, as well as the rapid variation of the electronic properties with small changes in composition, support the existence of a rapidly varying density of states on a fine energy scale, on the order of 26 meV. The existence of these band structure effects is further supported by the effects of structural disorder on the electronic properties, with disorder restoring the free-electron metallic-glass -like electronic properties. The temperature dependence of the conductivity at high temperatures displays novel concave upward curvature in a wide variety of icosahedral, amorphous, and crystalline phases which have high resistivity values. Although the existing theory of quantum interaction effects successfully describes the low-temperature conductivity and magnetoconductivity, differences between the theoretical predictions and the data at high temperatures are substantial. These results document previously unaddressed electronic behavior in alloys which are in the barely metallic regime.

  2. The Mpemba Effect, Shechtman's Quasicrystals and Student Exploration Activities

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    Balazovic, Marek; Tomasik, Boris

    2012-01-01

    In the 1960s, Tanzanian student Erasto Mpemba and his teacher published a paper with the title "Cool?" in this journal (Mpemba and Osborne 1969 "Phys. Educ." 4 172-5). They claimed that hot water freezes more quickly than cold water. The paper not only led to a wave of discussion, and more publications about this topic, but also to a whole series…

  3. Magnetism in Fe4Al13 and related FeAl intermetallics

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    Chi, Ji; Li, Yang; Gou, Weiping; Goruganti, V.; Rathnayaka, K. D. D.; Ross, Joseph H., Jr.

    2006-03-01

    We report the results of an experimental study of FeAl alloys, including Fe4Al13, FeAl2 and Fe2Al5. By using NMR, dc magnetic susceptibility, and specific heat, we found that Fe4Al13 and Fe2Al5 are non-magnetic with some dilute magnetic moments, while FeAl2 can be characterized as a concentrated local moment system. Fe4Al13 is a decagonal quasicrystal approximant with 102 atoms in its unit cell. The ^27Al NMR spin-lattice relaxation indicates a very narrow pseudogap in the electronic density of states [g(E)] in the vicinity of the Fermi energy. The observations could be fit assuming a parabolic variation of g(E), consistent with observations in other quasicrystals and approximants. NMR lineshape measurements also agree with this analysis, and show that the system is dilute-magnetic, in strong contrast to the FeAl2 ordered intermetallic. We use specific heat to analyze the dilute moment density. This work was supported by the Robert A. Welch Foundation, Grant No. A-1526, by the National Science Foundation (DMR-0103455), and by Texas A&M University through the Telecommunications and Informatics Task Force.

  4. Na{sub 8}Au{sub 9.8(4)}Ga{sub 7.2} and Na{sub 17}Au{sub 5.87(2)}Ga{sub 46.63}: The diversity of pseudo 5-fold symmetries in the Na–Au–Ga system

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    Smetana, Volodymyr; Corbett, John D. Miller, Gordon J.

    2013-11-15

    The Na-rich part (∼30% Na) of the Na–Au–Ga system between NaAu{sub 2}, NaGa{sub 4}, and Na{sub 22}Ga{sub 39} has been found to contain the ternary phases Na{sub 8}Au{sub 9.8(4)}Ga{sub 7.2} (I) and Na{sub 17}Au{sub 5.87(2)}Ga{sub 46.63} (II), according to the results of single crystal X-ray diffraction measurements. I is orthorhombic, Cmcm, a=5.3040(1), b=24.519(5), c=14.573(3) Å, and contains a network of clusters with local 5-fold symmetry along the a-axis. Such clusters are frequent building units in decagonal quasicrystals and their approximants. II is rhombohedral, R3{sup ¯}m, a=16.325(2), c=35.242(7) Å, and contains building blocks that are structurally identical to the Bergman-type clusters as well as fused icosahedral units known with active metals, triels and late transition elements. II also contains a polycationic network with elements of the clathrate V type structure. Tight-binding electronic structure calculations using linear muffin–tin-orbital (LMTO) methods on idealized models of I and II indicate that both compounds are metallic with evident pseudogaps at the corresponding Fermi levels. The overall Hamilton bond populations are generally dominated by Au–Ga and Au–Au bonds in I and by Ga–Ga bonds in II; moreover, the Na–Au and Na–Ga contributions in I are unexpectedly large, ∼20% of the total. A similar involvement of sodium in covalent bonding has also been found in the electron-richer i-Na{sub 13}Au{sub 12}Ga{sub 15} quasicrystal approximant. - Graphical abstract: Multiply-endohedral Bergman-related clusters in the structure of Na{sub 17}Au{sub 5.9(1)}Ga{sub 46.6.} Display Omitted - Highlights: • Two new compounds with the local 5-fold symmetry have been investigated. • Na{sub 8}Au{sub 9.8(4)}Ga{sub 7.2} is an orthorhombic approximant of the Na{sub 13}Au{sub 12}Ga{sub 15} quasicrystal. • Na{sub 17}Au{sub 5.87(2)}Ga{sub 46.63} represents a rhombohedral distortion of the Bergman-type phases.

  5. Self-assembly of hydrogen-bonded two-dimensional quasicrystals

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    Wasio, Natalie A.; Quardokus, Rebecca C.; Forrest, Ryan P.; Lent, Craig S.; Corcelli, Steven A.; Christie, John A.; Henderson, Kenneth W.; Kandel, S. Alex

    2014-03-01

    The process of molecular self-assembly on solid surfaces is essentially one of crystallization in two dimensions, and the structures that result depend on the interplay between intermolecular forces and the interaction between adsorbates and the underlying substrate. Because a single hydrogen bond typically has an energy between 15 and 35 kilojoules per mole, hydrogen bonding can be a strong driver of molecular assembly; this is apparent from the dominant role of hydrogen bonding in nucleic-acid base pairing, as well as in the secondary structure of proteins. Carboxylic acid functional groups, which provide two hydrogen bonds, are particularly promising and reliable in creating and maintaining surface order, and self-assembled monolayers of benzoic acids produce structure that depends on the number and relative placement of carboxylic acid groups. Here we use scanning tunnelling microscopy to study self-assembled monolayers of ferrocenecarboxylic acid (FcCOOH), and find that, rather than producing dimeric or linear structures typical of carboxylic acids, FcCOOH forms highly unusual cyclic hydrogen-bonded pentamers, which combine with simultaneously formed FcCOOH dimers to form two-dimensional quasicrystallites that exhibit local five-fold symmetry and maintain translational and rotational order (without periodicity) for distances of more than 400 ångströms.

  6. Tailoring Magnetic Behavior in the Tb-Au-Si Quasicrystal Approximant System.

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    Gebresenbut, Girma H; Andersson, Mikael S; Nordblad, Per; Sahlberg, Martin; Pay Gómez, Cesar

    2016-03-01

    A novel synthesis method, "arc-melting-self-flux", has been developed and a series of five Tsai-type 1/1 approximant crystals in the Tb-Au-Si system have been synthesized. The synthesis method, by employing a temperature program which oscillates near the melting and nucleation points of the approximants, has provided high-quality and large single crystals in comparison to those obtained from the standard arc-melting-annealing and self-flux methods. The atomic structures of the approximants have been determined from single-crystal X-ray diffraction data and described using concentric atomic clusters with icosahedral symmetry. The compounds are nearly isostructural with subtle variations; two types of atomic clusters which mainly vary at their cluster centers are observed. One type contains a Tb site at the center, and the other contains a disordered tetrahedron decorated with Au/Si mixed sites. Both cluster types can be found coexisting in the approximants. The compounds have different average weighted ratios of central Tb to disordered tetrahedron in the bulk material. Furthermore, a strategy for chemically tuning magnetic behavior is presented. Magnetic property measurements on the approximants revealed that the magnetic transition temperature (Tc) decreases as the occupancy of the central Tb site increases. Tc decreased from 11.5 K for 0% occupancy of the central Tb to 8 K for 100% occupancy. Enhanced magneto crystalline anisotropy is observed for the approximants with higher central Tb occupancy in comparison to their low central Tb occupancy counterparts. Hence, the previously reported "ferrimagnetic-like" magnetic structure model remains valid.

  7. Terrace-dependent nucleation of small Ag clusters on a five-fold icosahedral quasicrystal surface

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    Unal, B.; Evans, J.W.; Lograsso, T.A.; Ross, A.R.; Jenks, C.J.; Thiel, P.A.

    2007-07-21

    Nucleation of Ag islands on the five-fold surface of icosahedral Al-Pd-Mn is influenced strongly by trap sites. Submonolayers of Ag prepared by deposition at 365 K and with a flux of 1 x 10{sup -3} monolayers/s exhibit a variation in Ag island densities across different terraces. Comparisons with previous work and with rate equation analysis indicate that trap sites are not saturated under these experimental conditions and that the difference in island densities is not necessarily due to variation in trap densities. While it could have a number of different origins, our results point to a terrace-dependent value of the effective diffusion barrier for Ag adatoms.

  8. Antiferromagnetic order in the Cd6R (R = rare earth) quasicrystal approximants

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    Goldman, Alan; Kim, Min Gyu; Beutier, Guillaume; Kreyssig, Andreas; Hiroto, Takanobu; Yamada, Tsunetomo; Kim, Jong Woo; de Boissieu, Marc; Tamura, Ryuji

    2013-03-01

    Many theoretical treatments of spins on aperiodic lattices support the notion of long-range antiferromagnetic order. However, to date, there has been no experimental confirmation of long-range magnetic order in quasicrystalline systems. The absence of long-range magnetic order extends to crystalline approximant phases of the icosahedral structures as well. Surprisingly, the 1/1 approximant to the Cd-Mg-R icosahedral phases, Cd6 R , appears to be an exception to the rule. Here, we report on the results of x-ray resonant magnetic scattering measurements on Cd6 R approximants which show that long range antiferromagnetic order is, indeed, realized. For R = Tb and Ho, viewing the structure as a body-centered cubic packing of Tsai clusters, we find that the R ions associated with the icosahedral cluster at the corner of the unit cell are antiferromagnetically correlated with the R ions associated with the icosahedral cluster at the body-center of the unit cell. Work at the Ames Laboratory was supported by the Division of Materials Sciences and Engineering, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, US Department of Energy. Work at the Tokyo University of Science was supported by KAKENHI (Grant No. 20045017)

  9. Electronic structure in the Al-Mn alloy crystalline analog of quasicrystals

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    Fujiwara, Takeo

    1989-07-01

    Electronic structure in crystalline α-(Al114Mn24) is calculated by the linear muffin-tin orbital-atomic-sphere approximation method with the local-density-functional theory. The density of states consists of a set of spiky peaks. The electronic structure is discussed for quasicrystalline Al-Mn alloy from the viewpoint of the stability and the role of the vacant center of the Mackay icosahedron. The stability is actually owing to the pseudogap of the Mn 3d band and the deep s,p-bonding bands of the Al glue atoms.

  10. Evidence of local effects in anomalous refraction and focusing properties of dodecagonal photonic quasicrystals

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    di Gennaro, Emiliano; Miletto, Carlo; Savo, Salvatore; Andreone, Antonello; Morello, Davide; Galdi, Vincenzo; Castaldi, Giuseppe; Pierro, Vincenzo

    2008-05-01

    We present the key results from a comprehensive study of the refraction and focusing properties of a two-dimensional dodecagonal photonic “quasicrystal” (PQC), which was carried out via both full-wave numerical simulations and microwave measurements on a slab made of alumina rods inserted in a parallel-plate waveguide. We observe an anomalous refraction and focusing in several frequency regions, which confirm some recently published results. However, our interpretation, which is based on numerical and experimental evidence, substantially differs from the one in terms of “effective negative refractive index” that was originally proposed. Instead, our study highlights the critical role played by short-range interactions associated with local order and symmetry.

  11. Mode confinement in photonic quasicrystal point-defect cavities for particle accelerators

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    Di Gennaro, E.; Savo, S.; Andreone, A.; Galdi, V.; Castaldi, G.; Pierro, V.; Masullo, M. Rosaria

    2008-10-01

    In this letter, we present a study of the confinement properties of point-defect resonators in finite-size photonic-bandgap structures composed of aperiodic arrangements of dielectric rods, with special emphasis on their use for the design of cavities for particle accelerators. Specifically, for representative geometries, we study the properties of the fundamental mode (as a function of the filling fraction, structure size, and losses) via two-dimensional and three-dimensional full-wave numerical simulations, as well as microwave measurements at room temperature. Results indicate that for reduced-size structures, aperiodic geometries exhibit superior confinement properties by comparison with periodic ones.

  12. Isotropic properties of the photonic band gap in quasicrystals with low-index contrast

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    Priya Rose, T.; di Gennaro, E.; Abbate, G.; Andreone, A.

    2011-09-01

    We report on the formation and development of the photonic band gap in two-dimensional 8-, 10-, and 12-fold symmetry quasicrystalline lattices of low-index contrast. Finite-size structures made of dielectric cylindrical rods were studied and measured in the microwave region, and their properties were compared with a conventional hexagonal crystal. Band-gap characteristics were investigated by changing the direction of propagation of the incident beam inside the crystal. Various angles of incidence from 0∘ to 30∘ were used to investigate the isotropic nature of the band gap. The arbitrarily high rotational symmetry of aperiodically ordered structures could be practically exploited to manufacture isotropic band-gap materials, which are perfectly suitable for hosting waveguides or cavities.

  13. Ionic Strength-Induced Formation of Smectite Quasicrystals Enhances Nitroaromatic Compound Sorption

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    The influence of ionic strength on nitroaromatic compound sorption from water by K+- and Ca2+-saturated smectite (SWy-2) was examined. The results indicated that sorption of 1,3-dinitrobenzene by K-SWy-2 increased up to 2.2 times as KCl ionic strength increased from 0.01 to 0.30 M. In contrast, sorp...

  14. A Sodium-Containing Quasicrystal: Using Gold To Enhance Sodium's Covalency in Intermetallic Compounds

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    Smetana, Volodymyr; Lin, Qisheng; Pratt, Daniel K.; Kreyssig, Andreas; Ramazanoglu, Mehmet; Corbett, John D.; Goldman, Alan I.; Miller, Gordon J.

    2013-09-26

    Gold macht stabil: Na13Au12Ga15, ein natriumhaltiges thermodynamisch stabiles quasikristallines Material, wurde bei einer systematischen Studie des polaren Na-Au-Ga-Intermetallsystems entdeckt. Sein Elektron/Atom-Verhältnis von 1.75 ist für Bergman-Ikosaederphasen extrem klein, doch der substanzielle Au-Anteil sorgt für eine Hume-Rothery-Stabilisierung und neuartige polar-kovalente Na-Au-Wechselwirkungen.

  15. Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Studies of Surface Structures of Icosahedral Al-Cu-Fe Quasicrystals

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    Tanhong Cai

    2002-12-31

    Three papers are included in this dissertation. The first paper: ''Structural aspects of the fivefold quasicrystalline Al-Cu-Fe surface from STM and dynamical LEED studies'', is in press with ''Surface Science''. The second paper: ''An STM study of the atomic structure of the icosahedral Al-Cu-Fe fivefold surface'' is submitted to ''Physical Review B, Rapid Communication''. The third paper: ''Pseudomorphic starfish: arrangement of extrinsic metal atoms on a quasicrystalline substrate'' is submitted to ''Nature''. Following the third paper are general conclusions and appendices that document the published paper ''Structural aspects of the three-fold surface of icosahedral Al-Pd-Mn'' (appearing in volume 461, issue 1-3 of ''Surface Science'' on page L521-L527, 2000), the design as well as the specifications of the aluminum evaporator used in the aluminum deposition study in this dissertation, an extended discussion of the aluminum deposition on the quasicrystalline surface, and the STM database.

  16. Quasicrystals and the Penrose Patterns: A Geometric Activity with a Scientific Application.

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    Clason, Robert; And Others

    1993-01-01

    Penrose tile patterns are created using regular pentagon-based rhombi. Provides instructions for assembling Penrose patterns, plus activities for secondary school students and preservice elementary teachers. Compares the two-dimensional process of placing pattern blocks to form Penrose patterns to the symmetries of crystals formed in nature.…

  17. Huygens and Barrow, Newton and Hooke. Pioneers in mathematical analysis and catastrophe theory from evolvents to quasicrystals.

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    Arnol'D, V. I.

    This book is an English translation of the Russian original of 1989. It is based on a college lecture commemorating the tercentenary of Newton's book Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica. The author retraces the beginnings of mathematical analysis and theoretical physics in the works of the great scientists of the 17th century, and recounts the history of the discovery of the law of gravitation, discussions Newton had with Hooke and Leibniz, and much more. Some of Huygens' and Newton's ideas, several centuries ahead of their time, were developed only recently. The author follows the link between their inception and the break-throughs in contemporary mathematics and physics. The book provides present-day generalizations of Newton's theorems on the elliptical shape of orbits, attraction of spheres, and on the transcendence of Abelian integrals; it offers a brief review of the theory of regular and chaotic movement in celestial mechanics, including, for example, the problem of ports in the distribution of smaller planets and a discussion of the structure of planetary rings.

  18. Studies of Nucleation and Growth, Specific Heat and Viscosity of Undercooled Melts of Quasicrystal and Polytetrahedral-Phase Forming Alloys

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    Kelton, K. F.; Gangopadhyay, Anup K.; Lee, G. W.; Hyers, Robert W.; Rathz, T. J.; Robinson, Michael B.; Rogers, Jan R.

    2003-01-01

    From extensive ground based work on the phase diagram and undercooling studies of Ti-Zr-Ni alloys, have clearly identified the composition of three different phases with progressively increasing polytetrahedral order such as, (Ti/Zr), the C14 Laves phase, and the i-phase, that nucleate directly from the undercooled liquid. The reduced undercooling decreases progressively with increasing polytetrahedral order in the solid, supporting Frank s hypothesis. A new facility for direct measurements of the structures and phase transitions in undercooled liquids (BESL) was developed and has provided direct proof of the primary nucleation of a metastable icosahedral phase in some Ti-Zr-Ni alloys. The first measurements of specific heat and viscosity in the undercooled liquid of this alloy system have been completed. Other than the importance of thermo-physical properties for modeling nucleation and growth processes in these materials, these studies have also revealed some interesting new results (such as a maximum of C(sup q, sub p) in the undercooled state). These ground-based results have clearly established the necessary background and the need for conducting benchmark nucleation experiments at the ISS on this alloy system.

  19. Band gaps and transmission spectra in generalized Fibonacci σ(p,q) one-dimensional magnonic quasicrystals.

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    Costa, C H O; Vasconcelos, M S

    2013-07-17

    We employ a microscopic theory to investigate spin wave (magnon) propagation through their dispersion and transmission spectra in magnonic crystals arranged to display deterministic disorder. In this work the quasiperiodic arrangement investigated is the well-known generalized Fibonacci sequence, which is characterized by the σ(p,q) parameter, where p and q are non-zero integers. In order to determine the bulk modes and transmission spectra of the spin waves, the calculations are carried out for the exchange dominated regime within the framework of the Heisenberg model and taking into account the random phase approximation. We have considered magnetic materials that have a ferromagnetic order, and the transfer-matrix treatment is applied to simplify the algebra. The results reveal that spin wave spectra display a rich and interesting magnonic pass- and stop-bands structures, including an almost symmetric band gap distribution around of a mid-gap frequency, which depends on the Fibonacci sequence type. PMID:23779133

  20. Soil moisture and plant canopy temperature sensing for irrigation application in cotton

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    A wireless sensor network was deployed in a cotton field to monitor soil water status for irrigation. The network included two systems, a Decagon system and a microcontroller-based system. The Decagon system consists of soil volumetric water-content sensors, wireless data loggers, and a central data...

  1. Wireless sensor network for irrigation application in cotton

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    A wireless sensor network was deployed in a cotton field to monitor soil water status for irrigation. The network included two systems, a Decagon system and a microcontroller-based system. The Decagon system consists of soil volumetric water-content sensors, wireless data loggers, and a central data...

  2. Structure, stability, and electronic properties of the i -AlPdMn quasicrystalline surface

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    Krajčí, M.; Hafner, J.

    2005-02-01

    The structure, stability, and electronic properties of a fivefold surface of an icosahedral (i) Al-Pd-Mn alloy have been investigated using ab initio density-functional methods. Structural models for a series of rational approximants to the quasicrystalline structure of bulk i -AlPdMn have been constructed using the cut-and-projection technique with triacontahedral acceptance domains in the six-dimensional hyperspace according to the Katz-Gratias-Boudard model. This leads to a real-space structure describable in terms of interpenetrating Mackay and Bergman clusters. A fivefold surface has been prepared by cleaving the bulk structure along a plane perpendicular to a fivefold axis. The position of the cleavage plane has been chosen such as to produce a surface layer with a high atomic density. The atomic structure of these surfaces can be described by a P1 tiling by pentagons, thin rhombi, pentagonal stars, and a “boat”—in terms of a cut-and-projection model the decagonal acceptance domain of the P1 tiling corresponds to the maximal cross section of the triacontahedra defining the three-dimensional quasicrystal. The vertices of the P1 tiling are occupied by Pd atoms surrounded by pentagonal motifs of Al atoms. For the ab initio calculations we have prepared slab models of the surface based on the 3/2 and 2/1 approximants and containing up to 357 atoms in the computational cell. The analysis of the surface charge density shows flat minima at the vertices of the P1 tiling and strong charge depletion in some of the pentagonal tiles (“surface vacancies”). Both observations are in agreement with scanning tunneling microscopy studies of these surfaces. Structural relaxations have been performed only for the 2/1 models with up to 205 atoms/cell. The calculations demonstrate that the skeleton of the P1 tiling fixed by the transition-metal atoms represents a stable surface termination, but considerable rearrangement of the Al atoms and large relaxations of the

  3. Trends in the synthesis of metal oxide nanoparticles through reverse microemulsions in hydrocarbon media.

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    Khadzhiev, Salambek N; Kadiev, Khusain M; Yampolskaya, Galina P; Kadieva, Malkan Kh

    2013-09-01

    In recent years, more and more attention is given to production and use of nanoparticles dispersed in hydrocarbon medium and synthesized in reverse microemulsions. In this article the data and research results on synthesis of inorganic nanoparticles in reverse microemulsions are summarized. The major attention is paid to thermochemical approach for nanoparticle synthesis in reverse microemulsions with precursors of Мо, Al, Ni, Co and Fe oxides being active components of the catalysts for petroleum chemistry and refinery. A high efficiency of native crude oil surfactants for the production of catalyst nanoparticles in reverse microemulsions has been found. PMID:23768407

  4. [Non-empirical interatomic potentials for transition metals]. Progress report

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    Not Available

    1993-05-01

    The report is divided into the following sections: potential-energy functions for d-band metals, potential-energy functions for aluminides and quasicrystals, electronic structure of complex structures and quasicrystals, potential-energy functions in transition-metal oxides, applications to defect structure and mechanical properties, and basic theory of interatomic potentials.

  5. [Non-empirical interatomic potentials for transition metals

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    Not Available

    1993-01-01

    The report is divided into the following sections: potential-energy functions for d-band metals, potential-energy functions for aluminides and quasicrystals, electronic structure of complex structures and quasicrystals, potential-energy functions in transition-metal oxides, applications to defect structure and mechanical properties, and basic theory of interatomic potentials.

  6. Quantum diffusion of electrons in quasiperiodic and periodic approximant lattices in the rare earth-cadmium system

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    Armstrong, N. M. R.; Mortimer, K. D.; Kong, T.; Bud'ko, S. L.; Canfield, P. C.; Basov, D. N.; Timusk, T.

    2016-04-01

    Icosahedral quasicrystals are characterised by the absence of a distinct Drude peak in their low-frequency optical conductivity and the same is true of their crystalline approximants. We have measured the optical conductivity of i-GdCd?, an icosahedral quasicrystal, and two approximants, GdCd? and YCd?. We find that there is a significant difference in the optical properties of these compounds. The approximants have a zero frequency peak, characteristic of a metal, whereas the quasicrystal has a striking minimum. This is the first example where the transport properties of a quasicrystal and its approximant differ in such a fundamental way. Using a generalised Drude model introduced by Mayou, we find that our data are well described by this model. It implies that the quantum diffusion of electron wave packets through the periodic and quasiperiodic lattices is responsible for these dramatic differences: in the approximants, the transport is superdiffusive, whereas the quasicrystals show subdiffusive motion of the electrons.

  7. Development of improved high temperature coatings for IN-792 + HF

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    Profant, D. D.; Naik, S. K.

    1981-01-01

    The development for t-55 l712 engine of high temperature for integral turbine nozzles with improved thermal fatigue resistance without sacrificing oxidation/corrosion protection is discussed. The program evaluated to coating systems which comprised one baseline plasma spray coating (12% Al-NiCoCrALY), three aluminide coatings including the baseline aluminide (701), two CoNiCrAly (6% Al) + aluminide systems and four NiCoCrY + aluminide coating were evaluated. The two-step coating processes were investigated since it offered the advantage of tailoring the composition as well as properly coating surfaces of an integral or segmented nozzle. Cyclic burner rig thermal fatigue and oxidation/corrosion tests were used to evaluate the candidate coating systems. The plasma sprayed 12% Al-NiCoCrAlY was rated the best coating in thermal fatigue resistance and outperformed all coatings by a factor between 1.4 to 2.5 in cycles to crack initiation. However, this coatings is not applicable to integral or segmented nozzles due to the line of sight limitation of the plasma spray process. The 6% Al-CoNiCrAlY + Mod. 701 aluminide (32 w/o Al) was rated the best coating in oxidation/corrosion resistance and was rated the second best in thermal fatigue resistance.

  8. Effect of a ductility layer on the tensile strength of TiAl-based multilayer composite sheets prepared by EB-PVD

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    Zhang, Rubing; Zhang, Yaoyao; Liu, Qiang; Chen, Guiqing; Zhang, Deming

    2014-09-15

    TiAl/Nb and TiAl/NiCoCrAl laminate composite sheets with a thickness of 0.4–0.6 mm and dimensions of 150 mm × 100 mm were successfully fabricated by electron beam physical vapor deposition. The microstructures of the sheets were examined, and their mechanical properties were compared with those of TiAl monolithic sheet produced by electron beam physical vapor deposition. Tensile testing was performed at room temperature and 750 °C, and the fracture surfaces were examined by scanning electron microscopy. Among the three microlaminate sheets, the TiAl/NiCoCrAl micro-laminate sheet had the best comprehensive properties at room temperature, and the TiAl/Nb micro-laminate sheet showed the ideal high-temperature strength and plasticity at 750 °C. The result was discussed in terms of metal strengthening mechanism. - Highlights: • TiAl-based multilayer foils was fabricated successfully by using EB-PVD method; • The tensile properties and micro-fracture morphologies of the sheet were investigated; • The deformation behavior of the multilayer foils was discussed.

  9. Photoelectron velocity-map imaging and theoretical studies of heteronuclear metal carbonyls MNi(CO)3- (M = Mg, Ca, Al)

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    Xie, Hua; Zou, Jinghan; Yuan, Qinqin; Fan, Hongjun; Tang, Zichao; Jiang, Ling

    2016-03-01

    The heteronuclear metal carbonyl anions MNi(CO)3- (M = Mg, Ca, Al) have been investigated using photoelectron velocity-map imaging spectroscopy. Electron affinities of neutral MNi(CO)3 (M = Mg, Ca, Al) are measured from the photoelectron spectra to be 1.064 ± 0.063, 1.050 ± 0.064, and 1.541 ± 0.040 eV, respectively. The C-O stretching mode in these three clusters is observed and the vibrational frequency is determined to be 2049, 2000, and 2041 cm-1 for MgNi(CO)3, CaNi(CO)3, and AlNi(CO)3, respectively. Density functional theory calculations are carried out to elucidate the geometric and electronic structures and to aid the experimental assignments. It has been found that three terminal carbonyls are preferentially bonded to the nickel atom in these heterobinuclear nickel carbonyls MNi(CO)3-1/0, resulting in the formation of the Ni(CO)3 motif. Ni remains the 18-electron configuration for MgNi(CO)3 and CaNi(CO)3 neutrals, but not for AlNi(CO)3. This is different from the homobinuclear nickel carbonyl Ni-Ni(CO)3 with the involvement of three bridging ligands. Present findings would be helpful for understanding CO adsorption on alloy surfaces.

  10. Gap solitons and soliton trains in finite-sized two-dimensional periodic and quasiperiodic photonic crystals.

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    Xie, Ping; Zhang, Zhao-Qing; Zhang, Xiangdong

    2003-02-01

    We demonstrate the existence of the gap solitons and soliton trains in finite-sized two-dimensional periodic nonlinear photonic crystals by using the mutiple-scattering approach with an iterative scheme. In 12-fold symmetric nonlinear quasicrystals, we also demonstrated the existence of symmetric, regular gap solitons, asymmetric single-soliton states, and two-solitons states. We revealed that the existence of symmetric, regular gap solitons in a 12-fold quasicrystal is limited by the geometrical size of the hexagon that forms the core of the dodecahedral cell, which is the building block of the quasicrystal.

  11. Electronic spectrum of the three-dimensional quasi crystal

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    Olenev, Dmitri; Isaev, Eyvaz; Slobodianiuk, Pavel; Vekilov, Yuri

    1999-05-01

    The electronic spectrum of icosahedral quasicrystal with central atom decoration of Amman-Mackay network is investigated in the tight-binding approximation. Quasicrystal is described as a structural limit of the optimal cubic approximants with increasing period. The electronic spectra for the first four optimal cubic approximants do not contain hierarchical gap structure which is typical for Cantor set of the spectrum of one-dimensional quasicrystal. At the same time the spectrum with increasing the order of approximant becomes singular on the whole energy scales.

  12. An Infiltration Exercise for Introductory Soil Science

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    Barbarick, K. A.; Ippolito, J. A.; Butters, G.; Sorge, G. M.

    2005-01-01

    One of the largest challenges in teaching introductory soil science is explaining the dynamics of soil infiltration. To aid students in understanding the concept and to further engage them in active learning in the soils laboratory course, we developed an exercise using Decagon Mini-Disk Infiltrometers with a tension head (h[subscript o]) of 2 cm.…

  13. Annual report to W-2188 multi-state research project "Characterizing Mass and Energy Transport at Different Vadose Zone Scales"

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    Results of our studies on soil water sensors were conveyed to manufacturers, including Acclima, Inc. and Decagon, Inc. Four invited presentations on soil water sensing for irrigation management were made to irrigation conferences in the Central and Southern High Plains (Nebraska and Texas). Eleven i...

  14. L'Oréal and UNESCO Award Women Physicists $500 000

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    Feder, Toni

    2003-03-01

    Not just cosmetic: L'Oréal and UNESCO are rewarding five women from around the globe for their scientific contributions in crystallography, disordered materials, scaling laws of fluids and complex systems, and electron microscopy of crystals and quasicrystals.

  15. Multi-body forces and the energetics of transition metals, alloys, and semiconductors

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    Carlsson, A.E.

    1992-01-01

    Progress over the past year is divided into 3 areas: potential-energy functions for transition-metal aluminides; electronic structure and energetics of complex structures and quasicrystals; and ceramic materials (PdO, PtO).

  16. Multi-body forces and the energetics of transition metals, alloys, and semiconductors. Annual progress report, (1991--1992)

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    Carlsson, A.E.

    1992-11-01

    Progress over the past year is divided into 3 areas: potential-energy functions for transition-metal aluminides; electronic structure and energetics of complex structures and quasicrystals; and ceramic materials (PdO, PtO).

  17. Composition and function in AB{sub 5} hydride electrodes

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    Adzic, G.D.; Johnson, J.R.; Mukerjee, S.; McBreen, J.; Reilly, J.J.

    1996-12-31

    Multicomponent AB, hydrides are attractive replacements for the cadmium electrode in nickel - cadmium batteries. This paper is concerned with the differential effects of Ni substitution by cobalt, Mn and Al upon electrode corrosion and capacity, using alloys having the generic composition of Al(NiCoMnAl){sub 5} and similar to those used for the preparation of commercial battery electrodes. The corrosion of metal hydride electrodes is determined by two factors, surface passivation due to the presence of surface oxides or hydroxides and crystal lattice expansion - contraction the charge - discharge process. Thus, in addition to determining the effects of Ni substitution we will also address the question of whether an observed change is due to a change lattice expansion or to a change in surface passivation, e.g. the formation a corrosion resistant oxide layer.

  18. 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.

  19. Soil moisture sensor calibration for organic soil surface layers

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    Bircher, Simone; Andreasen, Mie; Vuollet, Johanna; Vehviläinen, Juho; Rautiainen, Kimmo; Jonard, François; Weihermüller, Lutz; Zakharova, Elena; Wigneron, Jean-Pierre; Kerr, Yann H.

    2016-04-01

    This paper's objective is to present generic calibration functions for organic surface layers derived for the soil moisture sensors Decagon ECH2O 5TE and Delta-T ThetaProbe ML2x, using material from northern regions, mainly from the Finnish Meteorological Institute's Arctic Research Center in Sodankylä and the study area of the Danish Center for Hydrology (HOBE). For the Decagon 5TE sensor such a function is currently not reported in the literature. Data were compared with measurements from underlying mineral soils including laboratory and field measurements. Shrinkage and charring during drying were considered. For both sensors all field and lab data showed consistent trends. For mineral layers with low soil organic matter (SOM) content the validity of the manufacturer's calibrations was demonstrated. Deviating sensor outputs in organic and mineral horizons were identified. For the Decagon 5TE, apparent relative permittivities at a given moisture content decreased for increased SOM content, which was attributed to an increase of bound water in organic materials with large specific surface areas compared to the studied mineral soils. ThetaProbe measurements from organic horizons showed stronger nonlinearity in the sensor response and signal saturation in the high-level data. The derived calibration fit functions between sensor response and volumetric water content hold for samples spanning a wide range of humus types with differing SOM characteristics. This strengthens confidence in their validity under various conditions, rendering them highly suitable for large-scale applications in remote sensing and land surface modeling studies. Agreement between independent Decagon 5TE and ThetaProbe time series from an organic surface layer at the Sodankylä site was significantly improved when the here-proposed fit functions were used. Decagon 5TE data also well-reflected precipitation events. Thus, Decagon 5TE network data from organic surface layers at the Sodankylä and

  20. Soil moisture sensor calibration for organic soil surface layers

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    Bircher, S.; Andreasen, M.; Vuollet, J.; Vehviläinen, J.; Rautiainen, K.; Jonard, F.; Weihermüller, L.; Zakharova, E.; Wigneron, J.-P.; Kerr, Y. H.

    2015-12-01

    This paper's objective is to present generic calibration functions for organic surface layers derived for the soil moisture sensors Decagon ECH2O 5TE and Delta-T ThetaProbe ML2x, using material from northern regions, mainly from the Finish Meteorological Institute's Arctic Research Center in Sodankylä and the study area of the Danish Center for Hydrology HOBE. For the Decagon 5TE sensor such a function is currently not reported in literature. Data were compared with measurements from underlying mineral soils including laboratory and field measurements. Shrinkage and charring during drying were considered. For both sensors all field and lab data showed consistent trends. For mineral layers with low soil organic matter (SOM) content the validity of the manufacturer's calibrations was demonstrated. Deviating sensor outputs in organic and mineral horizons were identified: for the Decagon 5TE apparent relative permittivities at a given moisture content decreased for increased SOM content, which was attributed to an increase of bound water in organic materials with large surface areas compared to the studied mineral soils. ThetaProbe measurements from organic horizons showed stronger non-linearity in the sensor response and signal saturation in the high level data. The derived calibration fit functions between sensor response and volumetric water content hold for samples spanning a wide range of humus types with differing SOM characteristics. This strengthens confidence in their validity under various conditions, rendering them highly suitable for large-scale applications in remote sensing and land surface modeling studies. Agreement between independent Decagon 5TE and ThetaProbe time series from an organic surface layer at the Sodankylä site was significantly improved when the here proposed fit functions were used. Decagon 5TE data also well-reflected precipitation events. Thus, Decagon 5TE network data from organic surface layers at the Sodankylä and HOBE sites are

  1. Diffraction studies of the structure of glasses and liquids

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    Moss, S.C.

    1989-01-01

    At the University of Houston, our program on glasses and liquids has continued with emphasis on melanin; vitreous TiO{sub 2}; metallic glasses/quasicrystals, including the computer modelling of quasicrystals via icosahedral glass models; and the structure of C{sup +} ion-beam deposited carbon films. The development of a dedicated glass and liquid diffractometer (GLAD) at the Argonne IPNS, under the direction of Dr. David L. Price, has entered the prototype stage. We are now quite close to a fully operating facility and commissioning should take place in the Spring 1990 with beam time available for participating scientists, on state-of-the-art experiments, shortly thereafter.

  2. Fabrication of ten-fold photonic quasicrystalline structures

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    Sun, XiaoHong Wu, YuLong; Liu, Wen; Liu, Wei; Han, Juan; Jiang, Lei

    2015-05-15

    Compared to periodic crystals, quasicrystals have higher point group symmetry and are more favorable in achieving complete band-gaps. In this report, a top-cut prism interferometer is designed to fabricate ten-fold photonic quasicrystalline structures. By optimizing the exposing conditions and material characteristics, appropriate quasicrystals have been obtained in the SU8 photoresist films. Atomic Force Microscopy and laser diffraction are used to characterize the fabricated structures. The measurement results show the consistence between the theoretical design and experiments. This will provide guidance for the large-area and fast production of ten-fold quasicrystalline structures with high quality.

  3. Soft-x-ray, heat-capacity, and transport measurements on icosahedral and crystalline alloys

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    Bruhwiler, P. A.; Wagner, J. L.; Biggs, B. D.; Shen, Y.; Wong, K. M.; Schnatterly, S. E.; Poon, S. J.

    1988-04-01

    Soft-x-ray emission, heat-capacity, and resistivity measurements are reported for icosahedral and Frank-Kasper phases of Al-Cu-Li and Al-Cu-Mg. This is the first extensive comparison of electronic properties of periodic and quasiperiodic lattices generated by packing similar structural units. Results are compared with theories of quasicrystals and provide a guideline for the observability of Van Hove singularities in quasicrystals. The density of states N(0) is a factor of 3 less in Al-Cu-Li than in Al-Cu-Mg alloys; this is spectroscopically confirmed.

  4. Channel-drop filter based on a photonic crystal ring resonator

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    Mehdizadeh, Farhad; Alipour-Banaei, Hamed; Serajmohammadi, Somaye

    2013-07-01

    In this paper combining a square lattice photonic crystal with a 12-fold quasicrystal, we proposed a new design for an optical channel-drop filter. Our proposed structure has a transmission efficiency very close to 1 and the band width and quality factor values for this structure are 4.5 nm and 344. After designing the channel-drop filter we investigated the effect of different parameters on the output wavelength of the filter. It has been shown that by changing the dielectric rods’ refractive index, radius of initial structure rods and the radius of the 12-fold quasicrystal rods we can obtain different output wavelengths of the filter.

  5. Grain size softening effect in Al62.5Cu25Fe12.5 nanoquasicrystals

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    Mukhopadhyay, N. K.; Ali, F.; Scudino, S.; Samadi Khoshkhoo, M.; Stoica, M.; Srivastava, V. C.; Uhlenwinkel, V.; Vaughan, G.; Suryanarayana, C.; Eckert, J.

    2013-11-01

    Inverse Hall-Petch (IHP) behavior in nano-quasicrystalline Al62.5Cu25Fe12.5 is reported. Powders with varying grain sizes were produced by mechanical milling of spray-formed quasicrystals. The hardness of the milled powders increased with decreasing grain size down to about 40 nm and decreased with further refinement, demonstrating the IHP behavior. This critical grain size was found to be larger compared to other metallic nanocrystalline alloys. This IHP behaviour has been attributed to the structural complexity in quasicrystals and to thermally activated shearing events of atoms at the grain boundaries.

  6. Origin of the log-periodic oscillations in the quantum dynamics of electrons in quasiperiodic systems

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    Thiem, Stefanie

    2015-04-01

    Recently, the occurrence of log-periodic oscillations in the quantum dynamics of electrons was reported for the one-dimensional Fibonacci quasicrystal by Lifshitz and Even-Dar Mandel. We apply a real-space renormalization group approach to show that these log-periodic oscillations are related to the underlying quasiperiodic structure of the Fibonacci quasicrystal. We find that they originate from the superposition of bonding and antibonding states associated to strongly coupled atoms in the chains, and that they show a hierarchical structure closely related to the atomic configurations.

  7. (X-ray diffraction experiments with condenser matter)

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    Coppens, P.

    1990-01-01

    This report discusses research on the following topics: high-{Tc} superconductors; The response of crystal to an applied electric field; quasicrystals; surface structure and kinetics of surface layer formation; EXAFS studies of superconductors and heterostructures; effect of iron on the crystal structure of perovskite; x-ray detector development; and SAXS experiments. (LSP)

  8. High temperature x-ray and calorimetric studies of phase transformations in quasicrystalline Ti{endash}Zr{endash}Ni alloys

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    Stroud, R.M.; Kelton, K.F.; Misture, S.T.

    1997-02-01

    We present the first high temperature x-ray diffraction (HTXRD) studies of {ital in situ} quasicrystal-crystal and crystal-crystal transformations in Ti{endash}Zr{endash}Ni alloys. Together with differential scanning calorimetry studies, these x-ray measurements indicate three separate paths for the Ti{endash}Zr{endash}Ni quasicrystal-crystal transformation: single exothermic, single endothermic, or multiple endothermic. The mode of transformation depends on the alloy composition and the level of environmental oxygen. The crystalline products include the Ti{sub 2}Ni, MgZn{sub 2} Laves, {alpha}{endash}(Ti,Zr) and {beta}{endash}(Ti,Zr) phases. In the absence of oxygen, the endothermic transformation of the quasicrystal demonstrates that it is the lowest free energy (stable) phase at the Ti{sub 53}Zr{sub 27}Ni{sub 20} composition. Oxygen stabilizes the Ti{sub 2}Ni phase, eliminating both the quasicrystal and the MgZn{sub 2} Laves phase, at partial pressures as low as a few hundred ppm. {copyright} {ital 1997 Materials Research Society.}

  9. Discovery of New Al-Cu-Fe Minerals in the Khatyrka CV3 Meteorite

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ma, C.; Lin, C.; Bindi, L.; Steinhardt, P. J.

    2016-08-01

    Our nanomineralogy investigation of Khatyrka has revealed two new alloy minerals (AlCu with a Pm-3m CsCl structure and Al3Fe with a C2/m structure) and associated icosahedrite (quasicrystal Al63Cu26Fe11 with a five-fold symmetry) in section 126A of USNM 7908.

  10. A crystallographic approach to structural transitions in icosahedral viruses.

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    Indelicato, Giuliana; Cermelli, Paolo; Salthouse, David G; Racca, Simone; Zanzotto, Giovanni; Twarock, Reidun

    2012-04-01

    Viruses with icosahedral capsids, which form the largest class of all viruses and contain a number of important human pathogens, can be modelled via suitable icosahedrally invariant finite subsets of icosahedral 3D quasicrystals. We combine concepts from the theory of 3D quasicrystals, and from the theory of structural phase transformations in crystalline solids, to give a framework for the study of the structural transitions occurring in icosahedral viral capsids during maturation or infection. As 3D quasicrystals are in a one-to-one correspondence with suitable subsets of 6D icosahedral Bravais lattices, we study systematically the 6D-analogs of the classical Bain deformations in 3D, characterized by minimal symmetry loss at intermediate configurations, and use this information to infer putative viral-capsid transition paths in 3D via the cut-and-project method used for the construction of quasicrystals. We apply our approach to the Cowpea Chlorotic Mottle virus (CCMV) and show that the putative transition path between the experimentally observed initial and final CCMV structures is most likely to preserve one threefold axis. Our procedure suggests a general method for the investigation and prediction of symmetry constraints on the capsids of icosahedral viruses during structural transitions, and thus provides insights into the mechanisms underlying structural transitions of these pathogens. PMID:21611828

  11. Dirac Sea and its Evolution

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    Volfson, Boris

    2013-09-01

    The hypothesis of transition from a chaotic Dirac Sea, via highly unstable positronium, into a Simhony Model of stable face-centered cubic lattice structure of electrons and positrons securely bound in vacuum space, is considered. 13.75 Billion years ago, the new lattice, which, unlike a Dirac Sea, is permeable by photons and phonons, made the Universe detectable. Many electrons and positrons ended up annihilating each other producing energy quanta and neutrino-antineutrino pairs. The weak force of the electron-positron crystal lattice, bombarded by the chirality-changing neutrinos, may have started capturing these neutrinos thus transforming from cubic crystals into a quasicrystal lattice. Unlike cubic crystal lattice, clusters of quasicrystals are "slippery" allowing the formation of centers of local torsion, where gravity condenses matter into galaxies, stars and planets. In the presence of quanta, in a quasicrystal lattice, the Majorana neutrinos' rotation flips to the opposite direction causing natural transformations in a category comprised of three components; two others being positron and electron. In other words, each particle-antiparticle pair "e-" and "e+", in an individual crystal unit, could become either a quasi- component "e- ve e+", or a quasi- component "e+ - ve e-". Five-to-six six billion years ago, a continuous stimulation of the quasicrystal aetherial lattice by the same, similar, or different, astronomical events, could have triggered Hebbian and anti-Hebbian learning processes. The Universe may have started writing script into its own aether in a code most appropriate for the quasicrystal aether "hardware": Eight three-dimensional "alphabet" characters, each corresponding to the individual quasi-crystal unit shape. They could be expressed as quantum Turing machine qubits, or, alternatively, in a binary code. The code numerals could contain terminal and nonterminal symbols of the Chomsky's hierarchy, wherein, the showers of quanta, forming the

  12. Investigation of the Influence of Selected Soil and Plant Properties from Sakarya, Turkey, on the Bioavailability of Trace Elements by Applying an In Vitro Digestion Model.

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    Altundag, Huseyin; Albayrak, Sinem; Dundar, Mustafa S; Tuzen, Mustafa; Soylak, Mustafa

    2015-11-01

    The main aim of this study was an investigation of the influence of selected soil and plant properties on the bioaccessibility of trace elements and hence their potential impacts on human health in urban environments. Two artificial digestion models were used to determine trace element levels passing from soil and plants to man for bioavailability study. Soil and plant samples were collected from various regions of the province of Sakarya, Turkey. Digestive process is started by addition of soil and plant samples to an artificial digestion model based on human physiology. Bioavailability % values are obtained from the ratio of the amount of element passing to human digestion to element content of soil and plants. According to bioavailability % results, element levels passing from soil samples to human digestion were B = Cr = Cu = Fe = Pb = Li < Al < Ni < Co < Ba < Mn < Sr < Cd < Na < Zn < Tl, while element levels passing from plant samples to human digestion were Cu = Fe = Ni = Pb = Tl = Na = Li < Co < Al < Sr < Ba < Mn < Cd < Cr < Zn < B. It was checked whether the results obtained reached harmful levels to human health by examining the literature.

  13. Modeling the Value Recovery of Rare Earth Permanent Magnets at End-of-Life

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    Cong, Liang; Jin, Hongyue; Fitsos, Pete; McIntyre, Timothy; Yih, Yuehwern; Zhao, Fu; Sutherland, John W.

    2015-05-21

    Permanent magnets containing rare earth elements (REEs) such as Dysprosium and Neodymium offer an advantage over non-REE containing magnets (e.g. ferrite or AlNiCo) in terms of power relative to size. However, REE availability has varied significantly in recent years leading to volatility in the cost of rare earth permanent magnets (REPMs). The supply of REEs can be increased by recycling consumer products and industrial machinery that contain REPMs at product end-of-life (EOL). This paper discusses the REE recovery process for EOL products. The optimal dismantling of products is examined with an emphasis placed on obtaining used REPMs. The challenge of collecting, managing, transporting, and processing used products is addressed through the development of a cost model for REPM recovery. This model is used to investigate several EOL strategies for recovering REPMs. Sensitivity analysis is conducted to identify the key factors that influence value recovery economics. A hard disk drive serves as a case study for model demonstration.

  14. Modeling the Value Recovery of Rare Earth Permanent Magnets at End-of-Life

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    Cong, Liang; Jin, Hongyue; Fitsos, Pete; McIntyre, Timothy; Yih, Yuehwern; Zhao, Fu; Sutherland, John W.

    2015-05-21

    Permanent magnets containing rare earth elements (REEs) such as Dysprosium and Neodymium offer an advantage over non-REE containing magnets (e.g. ferrite or AlNiCo) in terms of power relative to size. However, REE availability has varied significantly in recent years leading to volatility in the cost of rare earth permanent magnets (REPMs). The supply of REEs can be increased by recycling consumer products and industrial machinery that contain REPMs at product end-of-life (EOL). This paper discusses the REE recovery process for EOL products. The optimal dismantling of products is examined with an emphasis placed on obtaining used REPMs. The challenge ofmore » collecting, managing, transporting, and processing used products is addressed through the development of a cost model for REPM recovery. This model is used to investigate several EOL strategies for recovering REPMs. Sensitivity analysis is conducted to identify the key factors that influence value recovery economics. A hard disk drive serves as a case study for model demonstration.« less

  15. Predicting Pathways for Synthesis of Ferromagnetic τ Phase in Binary Heusler Alloy Al-55 pct Mn Through Understanding of the Kinetics of ɛ-τ Transformation

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    Palanisamy, Dhanalakshmi; Singh, Shailesh; Srivastava, Chandan; Madras, Giridhar; Chattopadhyay, Kamanio

    2016-09-01

    This paper outlines the detailed procedure for the synthesis of pure ferromagnetic τ phase in binary Heusler Al-55 pct Mn alloy in bulk form through casting route without any addition of stabilizers. To obtain the processing domain for the formation of the τ phase from high-temperature ɛ phase, isothermal transformation experiments were carried out. The structure and microstructure were characterized by X-ray diffraction and electron microscopy studies. The τ phase start times were obtained through magnetic measurements. In order to tune the casting conditions for the formation of this phase, thermal modeling was carried out to predict the heat extraction rates for copper molds of different diameters (2 to 12 mm) containing hot solids during casting process. This enabled us to estimate the diameter of the mold to be used for obtaining τ phase directly during casting. It was concluded through experimental verification that 10-mm-diameter casting in copper mold is suitable to obtain complete τ phase. A saturation magnetization of 116 emu/g at 10 K was measured for such samples. The Curie point for the τ phase was found to be 668 K (395 °C). Additionally, the cast rod exhibits a compressive strength of 1170 MPa which is higher than those of both ferrites and AlNiCo magnets.

  16. Atomic-scale Chemical Imaging and Quantification of Metallic Alloy Structures by Energy-Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy

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    Lu, Ping; Zhou, Lin; Kramer, M. J.; Smith, David J.

    2014-01-01

    Determination of atomic-scale crystal structure for nanostructured intermetallic alloys, such as magnetic alloys containing Al, Ni, Co (alnico) and Fe, is crucial for understanding physical properties such as magnetism, but technically challenging due to the small interatomic distances and the similar atomic numbers. By applying energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) mapping to the study of two intermetallic phases of an alnico alloy resulting from spinodal decomposition, we have determined atomic-scale chemical composition at individual lattice sites for the two phases: one is the B2 phase with Fe0.76Co0.24 -Fe0.40Co0.60 ordering and the other is the L21 phase with Ni0.48Co0.52 at A-sites, Al at BΙ-sites and Fe0.20Ti0.80 at BΙΙ-sites, respectively. The technique developed through this study represents a powerful real-space approach to investigate structure chemically at the atomic scale for a wide range of materials systems. PMID:24492747

  17. A novel claw pole memory machine for wide-speed-range applications

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    Jian, Linni; Gong, Yu; Wei, Jin; Shi, Yujun; Shao, Ziyun; Ching, T. W.

    2015-05-01

    Memory machines with both high-power-density and wide-speed-range are becoming very attractive most recently. The purpose of this paper is to propose a novel type of memory machine, namely, claw pole memory machine. It engages an axially magnetized AlNiCo PM ring on the claw pole rotor to build the main magnetic flux in air-gap which is responsible for the electromechanical energy conversion. A magnetizing coil is equipped to online regulate the magnetization level of the permanent magnet ring, so as to achieve wide-speed-range operation. The operating principle is analyzed. The Preisach hysteresis model is combined with 3D finite element method to conduct performance assessment of the proposed claw pole memory machine. Calculation results demonstrate that the air-gap flux density can be readily adjusted by injecting DC pulse into the magnetizing coil, and the speed-range of the proposed machine can be extended as wide as six times of its base speed.

  18. Developing effective ground and space-based soil moisture sensing techniques for irrigating cotton in coastal plain soils

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    Qiao, Xin

    Irrigation scheduling based on soil moisture sensor readings has gained popularity in the past few decades since it can enhance crop yield while saving water. Such method is limited since the representativeness of an individual soil moisture sensor measurement is questionable in a large field with variable soil type and texture. The optimum location of soil moisture sensors needs to be determined within such a production field for effective sensor-based irrigation scheduling. Therefore, the first object of this study was to investigate the optimum sensor location and the number of moisture sensors required for irrigating cotton in coastal plain soils. Replicated tests were conducted during 2012, 2013, and 2014 growing seasons in a cotton field located at the Edisto Research and Education Center of Clemson University, on a typical coastal plain soil. The test field was divided into different management zones based on soil electrical conductivity (EC) measurements. Soil moisture sensors including AquaSpy, Sentek EasyAg-50, Decagon EC-5, Watermark 200SS, and 503 DR Hydroprobe neutron probe access tubes were installed side by side in plots of each management zone. Irrigation treatments were based on sensor readings from various management zones. Results showed that irrigation based on sensor readings from higher electrical conductivity zones, can stabilize or even enhance yield while increasing water use efficiency (WUE) significantly. The second objective of this study was to evaluate the performance of soil moisture sensors mentioned above to determine the most accurate and affordable sensor technology for irrigation scheduling. Season long soil moisture readings of AquaSpy, Sentek EasyAg-50, Decagon EC-5, and Watermark 200SS sensors were collected and compared to neutron probe readings. The results showed that Sentek EasyAg-50 sensor performed the best among tested sensors compared to neutron probe readings with coefficient of determination, R2 = 0.847 and root mean

  19. Symmetry-adapted digital modeling II. The double-helix B-DNA.

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    Janner, A

    2016-05-01

    The positions of phosphorus in B-DNA have the remarkable property of occurring (in axial projection) at well defined points in the three-dimensional space of a projected five-dimensional decagonal lattice, subdividing according to the golden mean ratio τ:1:τ [with τ = (1+\\sqrt {5})/2] the edges of an enclosing decagon. The corresponding planar integral indices n1, n2, n3, n4 (which are lattice point coordinates) are extended to include the axial index n5 as well, defined for each P position of the double helix with respect to the single decagonal lattice ΛP(aP, cP) with aP = 2.222 Å and cP = 0.676 Å. A finer decagonal lattice Λ(a, c), with a = aP/6 and c = cP, together with a selection of lattice points for each nucleotide with a given indexed P position (so as to define a discrete set in three dimensions) permits the indexing of the atomic positions of the B-DNA d(AGTCAGTCAG) derived by M. J. P. van Dongen. This is done for both DNA strands and the single lattice Λ. Considered first is the sugar-phosphate subsystem, and then each nucleobase guanine, adenine, cytosine and thymine. One gets in this way a digital modeling of d(AGTCAGTCAG) in a one-to-one correspondence between atomic and indexed positions and a maximal deviation of about 0.6 Å (for the value of the lattice parameters given above). It is shown how to get a digital modeling of the B-DNA double helix for any given code. Finally, a short discussion indicates how this procedure can be extended to derive coarse-grained B-DNA models. An example is given with a reduction factor of about 2 in the number of atomic positions. A few remarks about the wider interest of this investigation and possible future developments conclude the paper. PMID:27126108

  20. Field-scale soil moisture space-time geostatistical modeling for complex Palouse landscapes in the inland Pacific Northwest

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    Chahal, M. K.; Brown, D. J.; Brooks, E. S.; Campbell, C.; Cobos, D. R.; Vierling, L. A.

    2012-12-01

    Estimating soil moisture content continuously over space and time using geo-statistical techniques supports the refinement of process-based watershed hydrology models and the application of soil process models (e.g. biogeochemical models predicting greenhouse gas fluxes) to complex landscapes. In this study, we model soil profile volumetric moisture content for five agricultural fields with loess soils in the Palouse region of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho. Using a combination of stratification and space-filling techniques, we selected 42 representative and distributed measurement locations in the Cook Agronomy Farm (Pullman, WA) and 12 locations each in four additional grower fields that span the precipitation gradient across the Palouse. At each measurement location, soil moisture was measured on an hourly basis at five different depths (30, 60, 90, 120, and 150 cm) using Decagon 5-TE/5-TM soil moisture sensors (Decagon Devices, Pullman, WA, USA). This data was collected over three years for the Cook Agronomy Farm and one year for each of the grower fields. In addition to ordinary kriging, we explored the correlation of volumetric water content with external, spatially exhaustive indices derived from terrain models, optical remote sensing imagery, and proximal soil sensing data (electromagnetic induction and VisNIR penetrometer)

  1. Surface Reactivity of Quasicrystalline Materials

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    Jenks, Cynthia J.

    1997-03-01

    A fundamental knowledge and understanding of the reactivity of quasicrystalline materials is of great interest because of certain practical properties these materials possess, namely low coefficients of friction and oxidation resistance. A recent "hierarchical cluster" model proposed by Janot(C. Janot Phys. Rev. B 56 (1996) 181.) predicts that quasicrystal surfaces should be intrinsically inert and rough, and is useful in explaining their interesting properties. Surface structure and preparation may play a role in the applicability of this model. In this talk, we examine these factors and present experimental measurements of the surface reactivity of some Al-based quasicrystalline materials under ultra-high vacuum conditions (less than 2 x 10-10 Torr). To gain an understanding of what properties are unique to quasicrystals, we make comparisons with the surface reactivity of crystalline alloys of similar composition and pure, crystalline aluminum. note number.

  2. Light Localisation and Lasing

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    Ghulinyan, Mher; Pavesi, Lorenzo

    2014-12-01

    List of contributors; Preface; 1. Light propagation and emission in complex photonic media W. L. Vos, A. Lagendijk and A. P. Mosk; 2. Transport of localized waves via modes and channels A. Genack and Z. Shi; 3. Modes structure and interaction in random lasers M. Leonetti and C. Lopez; 4. Ordered and disordered light transport in couple microring resonators S. Mookherjea; 5. One-dimensional photonic quasicrystals M. Ghulinyan; 6. 2D pseudo-random and deterministic aperiodic lasers H. Cao, H. Noh and L. Dal Negro; 7. 3D photonic quasicrystal and deterministic aperiodic structures A. Ledermann, M. Renner and G. von Freymann; 8. Cavity quantum electrodynamics with three-dimensional photonic bandgap crystals W. L. Vos and L. A. Woldering; References; Index.

  3. Holographic fabrication of 3D photonic crystal templates with 4, 5, and 6-fold rotational symmetry using a single beam and single exposure

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    Lowell, David; George, David; Lutkenhaus, Jeffery; Philipose, Usha; Zhang, Hualiang; Lin, Yuankun

    2016-03-01

    A method of fabricating large-volume three-dimensional (3D) photonic crystal and quasicrystal templates using holographic lithography is presented. Fabrication is accomplished using a single-beam and single exposure by a reflective optical element (ROE). The ROE is 3D printed support structure which holds reflecting surfaces composed of silicon or gallium arsenide. Large-volume 3D photonic crystal and quasicrystal templates with 4-fold, 5-fold, and 6-fold symmetry were fabricated and found to be in good agreement with simulation. Although the reflective surfaces were setup away from the Brewster's angle, the interference among the reflected s and p-polarizations still generated bicontinuous structures, demonstrating the flexibility of the ROE. The ROE, being a compact and inexpensive alternative to diffractive optical elements and top-cut prisms, facilitates the large-scale integration of holographically fabricated photonic structures into on-chip applications.

  4. One dimensional 1H, 2H and 3H

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    Vidal, A. J.; Astrakharchik, G. E.; Vranješ Markić, L.; Boronat, J.

    2016-05-01

    The ground-state properties of one-dimensional electron-spin-polarized hydrogen 1H, deuterium 2H, and tritium 3H are obtained by means of quantum Monte Carlo methods. The equations of state of the three isotopes are calculated for a wide range of linear densities. The pair correlation function and the static structure factor are obtained and interpreted within the framework of the Luttinger liquid theory. We report the density dependence of the Luttinger parameter and use it to identify different physical regimes: Bogoliubov Bose gas, super-Tonks-Girardeau gas, and quasi-crystal regimes for bosons; repulsive, attractive Fermi gas, and quasi-crystal regimes for fermions. We find that the tritium isotope is the one with the richest behavior. Our results show unambiguously the relevant role of the isotope mass in the properties of this quantum system.

  5. Containerless Measurement of Thermophysical Properties of Ti-Zr-Ni Alloys

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    Hyers, Robert; Bradshaw, Richard C.; Rogers, Jan C.; Rathz, Thomas J.; Lee, Geun W.; Gangopadhyay, Anup K.; Kelton, Kenneth F.

    2004-01-01

    The surface tension, viscosity, density, and thermal expansion of Ti-Zr-Ni alloys were measured for a number of compositions by electrostatic levitation methods. Containerless methods greatly reduce heterogeneous nucleation, increasing access to the undercooled liquid regime at finite cooling rates. The density and thermal expansion are measured optically, while the surface tension and viscosity are measured by the oscillating drop method. The measured alloys include compositions which form a metastable quasicrystal phase from the undercooled liquid, and alloys close to the composition of several multi-component bulk metallic glass-forming alloys. Measurements of surface tension show behavior typical of transition metals at high temperature, but a sudden decrease in the deeply undercooled liquid for alloys near the quasicrystal-forming composition range, but not for compositions which form the solid-solution phase first.

  6. The determination of the solidification paths and the liquidus surface in the quasicrystalline region of the Al-Cu-Ru systems

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    Haines, S.

    1995-12-06

    Objective is to determine if conventional slow-growth methods will be successful for growing single quasicrystals in this system. Reaction schemes, isopleths, and a ternary liquidus diagram were constructed using DTA, XRD, microscopy, and energy dispersive spectroscopy. Results suggest a peak in the liquidus near the predicted compositions of Al{sub 65}Cu{sub 23}Ru{sub 12} or Al{sub 65}Cu{sub 20}Ru{sub 15} in the face-centered icosahedral phase field. Further study is needed to verify the existence of a congruently melting phase. There appears to be composition for which slow-growth methods will produce a single-quasicrystal. Directional solidification studies were done on 65Al25Cu10Ru.

  7. Local growth of icosahedral quasicrystalline tilings

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    Hann, Connor T.; Socolar, Joshua E. S.; Steinhardt, Paul J.

    2016-07-01

    Icosahedral quasicrystals (IQCs) with extremely high degrees of translational order have been produced in the laboratory and found in naturally occurring minerals, yet questions remain about how IQCs form. In particular, the fundamental question of how locally determined additions to a growing cluster can lead to the intricate long-range correlations in IQCs remains open. In answer to this question, we have developed an algorithm that is capable of producing a perfectly ordered IQC yet relies exclusively on local rules for sequential, face-to-face addition of tiles to a cluster. When the algorithm is seeded with a special type of cluster containing a defect, we find that growth is forced to infinity with high probability and that the resultant IQC has a vanishing density of defects. The geometric features underlying this algorithm can inform analyses of experimental systems and numerical models that generate highly ordered quasicrystals.

  8. Fabrication of photonic quasicrystalline structures in the sub-micrometer scale

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    Wang, Shuai; Sun, XiaoHong; Li, WenYang; Liu, Wei; Jiang, Lei; Han, Juan

    2016-05-01

    Compared to periodic crystals, photonic quasicrystals (PQC) have higher point group symmetry and are more favorable in achieving complete band-gaps. In this report, a top-cut prism interferometer is designed to fabricate ten-fold photonic quasicrystalline structures in the sub-micro scale. Based on the difference of production conditions, a variety of quasicrystals have been obtained in the SU8 photoresist films. Scanning Probe Microscopy and laser diffraction are used to characterize the produced structures. The corresponding theoretical analysis is also provided to compare with the experimental results. This will provide guidance for the large-area and fast production of ten-fold quasicrystalline structures with high quality.

  9. Extra-electron induced covalent strengthening and generalization of intrinsic ductile-to-brittle criterion

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    Niu, Haiyang; Chen, Xing-Qiu; Liu, Peitao; Xing, Weiwei; Cheng, Xiyue; Li, Dianzhong; Li, Yiyi

    2012-01-01

    Traditional strengthening ways, such as strain, precipitation, and solid-solution, come into effect by pinning the motion of dislocation. Here, through first-principles calculations we report on an extra-electron induced covalent strengthening mechanism, which alters chemical bonding upon the introduction of extra-valence electrons in the matrix of parent materials. It is responsible for the brittle and high-strength properties of Al12W-type compounds featured by the typical fivefold icosahedral cages, which are common for quasicrystals and bulk metallic glasses (BMGs). In combination with this mechanism, we generalize ductile-to-brittle criterion in a universal hyperbolic form by integrating the classical Pettifor's Cauchy pressure with Pugh's modulus ratio for a wide variety of materials with cubic lattices. This study provides compelling evidence to correlate Pugh's modulus ratio with hardness of materials and may have implication for understanding the intrinsic brittleness of quasicrystals and BMGs. PMID:23056910

  10. SimulaTEM: multislice simulations for general objects.

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    Gómez-Rodríguez, A; Beltrán-Del-Río, L M; Herrera-Becerra, R

    2010-01-01

    In this work we present the program SimulaTEM for the simulation of high resolution micrographs and diffraction patterns. This is a program based on the multislice approach that does not assume a periodic object. It can calculate images from finite objects, from amorphous samples, from crystals, quasicrystals, grain boundaries, nanoparticles or arbitrary objects provided the coordinates of all the atoms can be supplied.

  11. Quasicrystalline particulate reinforced aluminum composite

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    Anderson, I.E.; Biner, S.B.; Sordelet, D.J.; Unal, O.

    1997-07-01

    Particulate reinforced aluminum and aluminum alloy composites are rapidly emerging as new commercial materials for aerospace, automotive, electronic packaging and other high performance applications. However, their low processing ductility and difficulty in recyclability have been the key concern. In this study, two composite systems having the same aluminum alloy matrix, one reinforced with quasicrystals and the other reinforced with the conventional SiC reinforcements were produced with identical processing routes. Their processing characteristics and tensile mechanical properties were compared.

  12. Quantum and spectral properties of the Labyrinth model

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    Takahashi, Yuki

    2016-06-01

    We consider the Labyrinth model, which is a two-dimensional quasicrystal model. We show that the spectrum of this model, which is known to be a product of two Cantor sets, is an interval for small values of the coupling constant. We also consider the density of states measure of the Labyrinth model and show that it is absolutely continuous with respect to Lebesgue measure for almost all values of coupling constants in the small coupling regime.

  13. A correspondence principle

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    Hughes, Barry D.; Ninham, Barry W.

    2016-02-01

    A single mathematical theme underpins disparate physical phenomena in classical, quantum and statistical mechanical contexts. This mathematical "correspondence principle", a kind of wave-particle duality with glorious realizations in classical and modern mathematical analysis, embodies fundamental geometrical and physical order, and yet in some sense sits on the edge of chaos. Illustrative cases discussed are drawn from classical and anomalous diffusion, quantum mechanics of single particles and ideal gases, quasicrystals and Casimir forces.

  14. Diffraction pattern of modulated structures described by Bessel functions

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    Wolny, Janusz; Buganski, Ireneusz; Strzalka, Radoslaw

    2016-05-01

    We performed detailed analysis of 1D modulated structure (MS) with harmonic modulation within the statistical approach. By applying two-mode Fourier transform, we were able to derive analytically the structure factor for MS with single harmonic modulation component. We confirmed in a very smooth way that ordinary Bessel functions of the first kind define envelopes tuning the intensities of the diffraction peaks. This applies not only to main reflections of the diffraction pattern but also to all satellites. In the second part, we discussed in details the similarities between harmonically modulated structures with multiple modulations and 1D model quasicrystal. The Fourier expansion of the nodes' positions in the Fibonacci chain gives direct numerical definition of the atomic arrangement in MS. In that sense, we can define 1D quasicrystal as a MS with infinite number of harmonic modulations. We prove that characteristic measures (like v(u) relation typical for statistical approach and diffraction pattern) calculated for MS asymptotically approach their counterparts for 1D quasicrystal as large enough number of modulation terms is taken into account.

  15. Topologically induced semiconductivity in icosahedral Al-Pd-Re and its approximants

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    Krajčí, M.; Hafner, J.

    2007-01-01

    We demonstrate that the opening of a semiconducting band-gap in the electronic spectrum of the i-Al-Pd-Re quasicrystal and its approximants is due to the formation of a topological band-gap, in analogy to the band-gap found in the FeSi (B20) structure. In both systems we have identified a network of linear chains of alternating Si(Al) and transition-metal (TM) atoms extending along twofold symmetry directions. In i-Al-Pd-Re the chains of alternating Al and TM atoms extend from a center of the pseudo-Mackay (M) cluster over the surface of the Bergman cluster to the center of another neighboring M cluster. Substitutional Al/Pd defects and a fragmentation of the chains by phason defects lead to the formation of localized states in the band-gap. The band-gap of the real i-Al-Pd-Re quasicrystal is filled by localized states. The i-Al-Pd-Re quasicrystal thus behaves as a disordered semiconductor.

  16. Quasi crystals: Studies of stability and phason relaxation

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    Gronlund, L.D.

    1989-01-01

    This dissertation is in two distinct parts. In chapter I the author considers a simple model of solidification based on Landau theory and investigates whether this model can have stable or metastable quasicrystalline solutions. The model is that proposed by Kalugin, Kitaev, and Levitov with an additional local quartic term in the free energy. In this case, the body-centered cubic (bcc) crystal is the global minimum. He assesses the stability of the quasicrystalline solutions and shows that they are not even metastable, being unstable against a collapse to the bcc crystal. In chapter II he proposes a simple model for phason dynamics in quasicrystals. Phason shifts in the Penrose tiling model of quasicrystals appear as flips of rows of tiles, known as worms. When worms cross one another a hierarchy is established in which some of the worms cannot flip until others have. A complex set of constraints on worm flips is thereby introduced by the intricate pattern of worm crossings in quasicrystalline tilings. He introduces a simple model of interacting sets of one-dimensional Ising chains that mimics this set of constraints and study the possible consequences of these constraints for phason dynamics and the relaxation of phason strain in quasicrystals.

  17. Alumina-Forming MAX Phases in Turbine Material Systems

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    Smialek, James L.; Harder, Bryan J.; Garg, Arnita; Nesbitt, James A.

    2015-01-01

    Coatings for high temperature turbine components are based on low conductivity YSZ thermal barriers and protective NiAl, NiCoCrAlY bond coats. Good oxidation hot corrosion resistance, intermediate CTE, and strain tolerance of Ti2AlC and Cr2AlC MAX phases are thus of special interest. Their alumina scale growth follows a cubic law in accord with FeCrAlY alloys, with oxygen grain boundary diffusivity: Dgb 1.8 x 10-10 exp(-375 kJmole) m3s. Protective cubic kinetics are also found in high pressure burner rig (6 atm., 25 ms) and TGA tests of MAXthal 211Ti2AlC. The initial portion (0.1 hr) is dominated by fast TiO2 growth (with little evidence of scale volatility in high pressure water vapor, as found for SiO2 scales). Bulk Ti2AlC and Cr2AlC substrates show promise as potential bond coats for YSZ TBCs in 1000-1200 C furnace life (500 h) tests. Cr2AlC is proving to be very resistant to 700-900 C Na2SO4 hot corrosion and is of interest for disk alloys. Preliminary diffusion bonded Cr2AlC-superalloy hybrid couples have survived 1000 hr interrupted furnace tests at 800C with no indication of cracking or debonding. Diffusion zones of -NiAl+Cr7C3 were produced in these above 1000 C, but did not grow to any great extent after 1000 hr at 800 C. Processing as coatings presents challenges, however the basic properties of MAX phases provide novel opportunities for high temperature turbine components.

  18. The use of a sequential leaching procedure for assessing the heavy metal leachability in lime waste from the lime kiln at a caustizicing process of a pulp mill.

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    Pöykiö, Risto; Nurmesniemi, Hannu; Kuokkanen, Toivo; Perämäki, Paavo

    2006-12-01

    A five-stage sequential leaching procedure was used to fractionate 13 heavy metals (Cd, Cu, Pb, Cr, Zn, Fe, Mn, Al, Ni, Co, As, V, Ba) and sulphur (S) in lime waste from the lime kiln at the causticizing plant of Stora Enso Oyj Veitsiluoto Pulp Mills at Kemi, Northern Finland, into the following fractions: (1) water-soluble fraction (H(2)O), (2) exchangeable fraction (CH(3)COOH), (3) easily reduced fraction (HONH(3)Cl), (4) oxidizable fraction (H(2)O(2)+CH(3)COONH(4)), and (5) residual fraction (HF+HNO(3)+HCl). Although metals were leachable in all fractions, the highest concentrations for most of the metals were observed in the residual fraction (stage 5). It was also notable that the total heavy metal concentrations in lime waste did not exceed the maximal allowable heavy metal concentrations for soil conditioner agents set by the ministry of the Agricultural and Forestry in Finland. The heavy metals concentrations in lime waste were also lower than the maximal allowable heavy metals concentrations of the European Union Directive 86/278/EEC on the protection of environment, and in particular of the soil, when sewage sludge is used in agriculture. The Ca concentration (420 g kg(-1); d.w.) was about 262 times higher than the typical value of 1.6 g kg(-1) (d.w.) in arable land in Central Finland. However, the concentration Mg (0.2 g kg(-1); d.w.) in lime waste was equal to the Mg concentration in arable land in the Central Finland. The lime waste has strongly alkaline pH ( approximately 12.8) and a neutralizing value (i.e. liming effect) of 47.9% expressed as Ca equivalents (d.w.). This indicates lime waste to be a potential soil conditioner and improvement as well as a pH buffer.

  19. Differential refractive index sensor based on photonic molecules and defect cavities.

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    Andueza, Ángel; Pérez-Conde, Jesús; Sevilla, Joaquín

    2016-08-01

    We present a novel differential refractive index sensor prototype based on a matrix of photonic molecules (PM) of soda-lime glass cylinders (εc = 4.5) and two defect cavities. The measured and simulated spectra in the microwave range (8-12 GHz) show a wide photonic stop band with two localized states: the reference state, bound to a decagonal ring of cylinders and the sensing state, bound to the defect cavities. The defect mode is very sensitive to the permittivity of the material inserted in the cavity while the state in the PM remains unperturbed. We find that the response of the sensor is linear. These results can be extrapolated to the visible range due to scale invariance of Maxwell equations. PMID:27505844

  20. Plant canopy gap-size analysis theory for improving optical measurements of leaf-area index

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    Chen, Jing M.; Cihlar, Josef

    1995-09-01

    Optical instruments currently available for measuring the leaf-area index (LAI) of a plant canopy all utilize only the canopy gap-fraction information. These instruments include the Li-Cor LAI-2000 Plant Canopy Analyzer, Decagon, and Demon. The advantages of utilizing both the canopy gap-fraction and gap-size information are shown. For the purpose of measuring the canopy gap size, a prototype sunfleck-LAI instrument named Tracing Radiation and Architecture of Canopies (TRAC), has been developed and tested in two pure conifer plantations, red pine (Pinus resinosa Ait.) and jack pine (Pinus banksiana Lamb). A new gap-size-analysis theory is presented to quantify the effect of canopy architecture on optical measurements of LAI based on the gap-fraction principle. The theory is an improvement on that of Lang and Xiang [Agric. For. Meteorol. 37, 229 (1986)]. In principle, this theory can be used for any heterogeneous canopies.

  1. Calibration procedures to test the feasibility of heated fiber optics for measuring soil water content in field conditions.

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    Benítez, Javier; Sayde, Chadi; Rodríguez Sinobas, Leonor; Sánchez, Raúl; Gil, María; Selker, John

    2013-04-01

    This research provides insights of the calibration procedures carried out at the agricultural field of La Nava de Arévalo (Spain). The suitability of the heat pulse theory applied to fiber optics for measuring soil water content, in field conditions, is here analyzed. In addition, it highlights the major findings obtained and the weakness to be addressed in future studies. Within a corn field, in a plot of 500 m2 of bare soil, 600 m of fiber optic cable (BruggSteal) were buried on a ziz-zag deployment at two depths, 30cm and 60cm. Various electrical heat pulses of 20W/m were applied to the stainless steel shield of the fiber optic cable during 2 minutes. The resulting thermal response was captured by means of Distributed Fiber Optic Temperature sensing (DFOT), within a spatial and temporal resolution up to 25 cm and 1 s, respectively. The soil thermal response was then correlated to the soil water content by using undisturbed soil samples and soil moisture sensors (Decagon ECHO 5TM). The process was also modeled by applying the numerical methods software Hydrus 2D. Also, the soil thermal properties were measured in situ by using a dual heat pulse probe (Decagon Kd2Pro). For an ongoing process, first results obtained show the suitability of heated fiber optics for measuring soil water content, in real field conditions. Also, they highlight the usefulness of Hydrus 2D as a complementary tool for calibration purposes and for reducing uncertainty in addressing soil spatial variability.

  2. An agronomic field-scale sensor network for monitoring soil water and temperature variation

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    Brown, D. J.; Gasch, C.; Brooks, E. S.; Huggins, D. R.; Campbell, C. S.; Cobos, D. R.

    2014-12-01

    Environmental sensor networks have been deployed in a variety of contexts to monitor plant, air, water and soil properties. To date, there have been relatively few such networks deployed to monitor dynamic soil properties in cropped fields. Here we report on experience with a distributed soil sensor network that has been deployed for seven years in a research farm with ongoing agronomic field operations. The Washington State University R. J. Cook Agronomy Farm (CAF), Pullman, WA, USA has recently been designated a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Long-Term Agro-Ecosystem Research (LTAR) site. In 2007, 12 geo-referenced locations at CAF were instrumented, then in 2009 this network was expended to 42 locations distributed across the 37-ha farm. At each of this locations, Decagon 5TE probes (Decagon Devices Inc., Pullman, WA, USA) were installed at five depths (30, 60, 90, 120, and 150 cm), with temperature and volumetric soil moisture content recorded hourly. Initially, data loggers were wirelessly connected to a data station that could be accessed through a cell connection, but due to the logistics of agronomic field operations, we later buried the dataloggers at each site and now periodically download data via local radio transmission. In this presentation, we share our experience with the installation, maintenance, calibration and data processing associated with an agronomic soil monitoring network. We also present highlights of data derived from this network, including seasonal fluctuations of soil temperature and volumetric water content at each depth, and how these measurements are influenced by crop type, soil properties, landscape position, and precipitation events.

  3. Reformulation of the Fourier-Bessel steady state mode solver

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    Gauthier, Robert C.

    2016-09-01

    The Fourier-Bessel resonator state mode solver is reformulated using Maxwell's field coupled curl equations. The matrix generating expressions are greatly simplified as well as a reduction in the number of pre-computed tables making the technique simpler to implement on a desktop computer. The reformulation maintains the theoretical equivalence of the permittivity and permeability and as such structures containing both electric and magnetic properties can be examined. Computation examples are presented for a surface nanoscale axial photonic resonator and hybrid { ε , μ } quasi-crystal resonator.

  4. Icosahedral stereographic projections in three dimensions for use in dark field TEM.

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    Bourdillon, Antony J

    2013-08-01

    Thermodynamics require that rapidly cooled crystals and quasicrystals are relatively defective. Yet, without convenient 3-dimensional indexation both at crystal poles and in diffraction planes, or Kikuchi maps, it is difficult to identify the defects by dark field transmission electron microscopy. For two phase Al6Mn, these maps are derived. They relate i-Al6Mn to the standard face centered cubic, matrix crystals. An example of their usefulness in determining interfacial characteristics is described. Indices are integral powers on an irrational number.

  5. Anomalies in the Thermophysical Properties of Undercooled Glass-Forming Alloys

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    Hyers, Robert W.; Rogers, Jan R.; Kelton, Kenneth F.; Gangopadhyay, Anup

    2008-01-01

    The surface tension, viscosity, and density of several bulk metallic glass-forming alloys have been measured using noncontact techniques in the electrostatic levitation facility (ESL) at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. All three properties show unexpected behavior in the undercooled regime. Similar deviations were previously observed in titanium-based quasicrystal-forming alloys,but the deviations in the properties of the glass-forming alloys are much more pronounced. New results for anomalous thermophysical properties in undercooled glass-forming alloys will be presented and discussed.

  6. Quantum pumping induced by disorder in one dimension

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    Qin, Jihong; Guo, Huaiming

    2016-07-01

    The topological property in one dimension is protected by symmetry. Based on a concrete model, we study the effect of disorder preserving or breaking the symmetry and show the nature of symmetry protecting in the one dimensional topological phase. A stable quantum pumping can be constructed within the topological model. It is shown that an integer charge is pumped across a periodic chain in a cyclic process. Furthermore we find that not only the quantum pumping is stable to on-site disorder, but also can be induced by it. These results may be realized experimentally using quasicrystals.

  7. A self-similar transformation for a dodecagonal quasiperiodic covering with T-clusters

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    Liao, Longguang; Zhang, Wenbin; Yu, Tongxu; Cao, Zexian

    2013-06-01

    A single cluster covering for the ship tiling of a dodecagonal quasiperiodic structure is obtained via a self-similar transformation, by which a turtle-like cluster, dubbed as a T-cluster, comprising seven squares, twenty regular triangles and two 30°-rhombuses, is changed into twenty scaled-down T-clusters, each centering at a vertex of the original one. Remarkably, there are three types of transformations according to the distinct configuration of the 20 scaled-down T-clusters. Detailed data for the transformations are specified. The results are expected to be helpful for the study of the physical and structural properties of dodecagonal quasicrystals.

  8. Measures with locally finite support and spectrum.

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    Meyer, Yves F

    2016-03-22

    The goal of this paper is the construction of measures μ on R(n)enjoying three conflicting but fortunately compatible properties: (i) μ is a sum of weighted Dirac masses on a locally finite set, (ii) the Fourier transform μ f μ is also a sum of weighted Dirac masses on a locally finite set, and (iii) μ is not a generalized Dirac comb. We give surprisingly simple examples of such measures. These unexpected patterns strongly differ from quasicrystals, they provide us with unusual Poisson's formulas, and they might give us an unconventional insight into aperiodic order.

  9. Photonic Choke-Joints for Dual-Polarization Waveguides

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    Wollack, Edward J.; U-yen, Kongpop; Chuss, David T.

    2010-01-01

    Photonic choke joint (PCJ) structures for dual-polarization waveguides have been investigated for use in device and component packaging. This interface enables the realization of a high performance non-contacting waveguide joint without degrading the in-band signal propagation properties. The choke properties of two tiling approaches, symmetric square Cartesian and octagonal quasi-crystal lattices of metallic posts, are explored and optimal PCJ design parameters are presented. For each of these schemes, the experimental results for structures with finite tilings demonstrate near ideal transmission and reflection performance over a full waveguide band.

  10. Caged clusters in Al11Ir4: Structural transition and insulating phase

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    Mihalkovič, Marek; Henley, C. L.

    2013-08-01

    Using pair potentials fitted to an ab initio database, combined with replica-exchange simulated annealing, we show that the complex, quasicrystal-related Al11Ir4 compound contains a nonstandard version of the “pseudo-Mackay” icosahedral cluster, with nonicosahedral inner Al10Ir and/or Al9Ir clusters that exist in various orientations and account for partial occupancies in the reported structure. We found two different compositions with different orientationally ordered grounds, each doubling the (cubic) unit cell and each reached by a first-order thermal transition. One of these is metallic and the other is insulating.

  11. Liquid-solid transitions with applications to self-assembly

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    Keys, Aaron S.

    We study the thermodynamic and kinetic pathways by which liquids transform into solids, and their relation to the metastable states that commonly arise in self-assembly applications. As a case study in the formation of ordered metastable solids, we investigate the atomistic mechanism by which quasicrystals form. We show that the aperiodic growth of quasicrystals is controlled by the ability of the growing quasicrystal "nucleus" to incorporate kinetically trapped atoms into the solid phase with minimal rearrangement. In a related study, we propose a two-part mechanism for forming 3d dodecagonal quasicrystals by self-assembly. Our mechanism involves (1) attaching small mobile particles to the surface of spherical particles to encourage icosahedral packing and (2) allowing a subset of particles to deviate from the ideal spherical shape, to discourage close-packing In addition to studying metastable ordered solids, we investigate the phenomenology and mechanism of the glass transition. We report measurements of spatially heterogeneous dynamics in a system of air-driven granular beads approaching a jamming transition, and show that the dynamics in our granular system are quantitatively indistinguishable from those for a supercooled liquid approaching a glass transition. In a second study of the glass transition, we use transition path sampling to study the structure, statistics and dynamics of localized excitations for several model glass formers. We show that the excitations are sparse and localized, and their size is temperature-independent. We show that their equilibrium concentration is proportional to exp[- Ja (1/T-1/T o)], where Ja is the energy scale for irreversible particle displacements of length a, and T o is an onset temperature. We show that excitation dynamics is facilitated by the presence of other excitations, causing dynamics to slow in a hierarchical way as temperature is lowered. To supplement our studies of liquid-solid transitions, we introduce a

  12. Capturing Science in Action: From Exploring the Origin of the Universe to a Journey to the Ends of the Earth

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    Steinhardt, Paul

    2013-03-01

    The public, including aspiring young scientists, seldom gets a sense of what science really feels like as it is happening - the doubts, the fears, the twists and turns, the joy of victory and the agony of defeat. Even if the science is still uncertain, insights of this type have both inspirational and historic value. This talk will explore this issue using two very different examples from the speaker's own experience: an attempt to develop a theory of the origin of the universe that challenges the conventional big bang picture and a geological expedition to one of the most remote places on the planet in search of the first natural quasicrystal.

  13. Capturing Science in Action: From Exploring the Origin of the Universe to a Journey to the Ends of the Earth

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    Steinhardt, Paul

    2013-04-01

    The public, including aspiring young scientists, seldom gets a sense of what science really feels like as it is happening -- the doubts, the fears, the twists and turns, the joy of victory and the agony of defeat. Even if the science is still uncertain, insights of this type have both inspirational and historic value. This talk will explore this issue using two very different examples from the speaker's own experience: an attempt to develop a theory of the origin of the universe that challenges the conventional big bang picture and a geological expedition to one of the most remote places on the planet in search of the first natural quasicrystal.

  14. Kinematic diffraction is insufficient to distinguish order from disorder

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    Baake, Michael; Grimm, Uwe

    2009-01-01

    Diffraction methods are at the heart of structure determination of solids. While Bragg-type scattering (pure point diffraction) is a characteristic feature of crystals and quasicrystals, it is not straightforward to interpret continuous diffraction intensities, which are generally linked to the presence of disorder. However, based on simple model systems, we demonstrate that it may be impossible to draw conclusions on the degree of order in the system from its diffraction image. In particular, we construct a family of one-dimensional binary systems which cover the entire entropy range but still share the same purely diffuse diffraction spectrum.

  15. Dynamical implications of Viral Tiling Theory.

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    ElSawy, K M; Taormina, A; Twarock, R; Vaughan, L

    2008-05-21

    The Caspar-Klug classification of viruses whose protein shell, called viral capsid, exhibits icosahedral symmetry, has recently been extended to incorporate viruses whose capsid proteins are exclusively organised in pentamers. The approach, named 'Viral Tiling Theory', is inspired by the theory of quasicrystals, where aperiodic Penrose tilings enjoy 5-fold and 10-fold local symmetries. This paper analyses the extent to which this classification approach informs dynamical properties of the viral capsids, in particular the pattern of Raman active modes of vibrations, which can be observed experimentally. PMID:18353372

  16. Self-assembly of a space-tessellating structure in the binary system of hard tetrahedra and octahedra.

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    Cadotte, A T; Dshemuchadse, J; Damasceno, P F; Newman, R S; Glotzer, S C

    2016-09-14

    We report the formation of a binary crystal of hard polyhedra due solely to entropic forces. Although the alternating arrangement of octahedra and tetrahedra is a known space-tessellation, it had not previously been observed in self-assembly simulations. Both known one-component phases - the dodecagonal quasicrystal of tetrahedra and the densest-packing of octahedra in the Minkowski lattice - are found to coexist with the binary phase. Apart from an alternative, monoclinic packing of octahedra, no additional crystalline phases were observed. PMID:27387490

  17. Crystallization of nickel nanoclusters by molecular dynamics

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    Chamati, H.; Gaminchev, K.

    2012-12-01

    We investigated the melting properties of bulk nickel and the crystallization of nickel nanocrystals via molecular dynamics using a potential in the framework of the second moment approximation of tight-binding theory. The melting behavior was simulated with the hysteresis approach by subsequently heating and cooling gradually the system over a wide range of temperatures. The crystallization of nickel nanoclusters consisting of 55, 147 and 309 atoms was achieved after repeatedly annealing and quenching the corresponding quasicrystals several times to avoid being trapped in a local energy minimum. The time over which the global minimum was reached was found to increase with the cluster size.

  18. Trace elements in streambed sediments of small subtropical streams on O'ahu, Hawai'i: Results from the USGS NAWQA program

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    De Carlo, E. H.; Tomlinson, M.S.; Anthony, S.S.

    2005-01-01

    Data are presented for trace element concentrations determined in the <63 ??m fraction of streambed sediment samples collected at 24 sites on the island of O'ahu, Hawai'i. Sampling sites were classified as urban, agricultural, mixed (urban/agricultural), or forested based on their dominant land use, although the mixed land use at selected sampling sites consisted of either urban and agricultural or forested and agricultural land uses. Forest dominated sites were used as reference sites for calculating enrichment factors. Trace element concentrations were compared to concentrations from studies conducted in the conterminous United States using identical methods and to aquatic-life guidelines provided by the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment. A variety of elements including Pb, Cr, Cu and Zn exceeded the aquatic-life guidelines in selected samples. All of the Cr and Zn values and 16 of 24 Cu values exceeded their respective guidelines. The potential toxicity of elements exceeding guidelines, however, should be considered in the context of strong enrichments of selected trace elements attributable to source rocks in Hawai'i, as well as in the context of the abundance of fine-grained sediment in the streambed of O'ahu streams. Statistical methods including cluster analysis, Kruskal-Wallis non-parametric test, correlation analysis, and principal component analysis (PCA) were used to evaluate differences and elucidate relationships between trace elements and sites. Overall, trace element distributions and abundances can be correlated to three principal sources of elements. These include basaltic rocks of the volcanic edifice (Fe, Al, Ni, Co, Cr, V and Cu), carbonate/seawater derived elements (Mg, Ca, Na and Sr), and elements enriched owing to anthropogenic activity (P, Sn, Cd, Sn, Ba and Pb). Anthropogenic enrichment gradients were observed for Ba, Cd, Pb, Sn and Zn in the four streams in which sediments were collected upstream and downstream. The findings

  19. Diffraction studies of the structure of glasses and liquids: Technical progress report

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    Moss, S.C.

    1989-01-01

    The Houston program on glasses and liquids has continued over the year with an expanded activity into vitreous TiO/sub 2/ and amorphous metals/quasicrystals. The modeling study of vitreous SiO/sub 2/ has been published and the study of amorphous melanin is well underway in-house. We have also begun some promising modeling work on the icosahedral glass model (IGM) for quasicrystals and have completed a preliminary study of epitaxial diamond crystal growth on the (111) silicon crystal surface (initially undertaken to study the expected ''amorphous'' diamond-like phase). The work on GLAD at the Argonne IPNS continues on schedule under the direction of Dr. David L. Price. The status of the Phase I instrument has been published and the Phase II development is underway with an evacuated flight path, additional detectors and a final data acquisition system in progress. It is our expectation that the final instrument will be the most advanced of its kind in the world for the study of a wide variety of problems in glasses, liquids and amorphous materials.

  20. The structure of dodecagonal (Ta,V){sub 1.6}Te imaged by phase-contrast scanning transmission electron microscopy

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    Krumeich, F.; Mueller, E.; Wepf, R.A.; Conrad, M.; Reich, C.; Harbrecht, B.; Nesper, R.

    2012-10-15

    While HRTEM is the well-established method to characterize the structure of dodecagonal tantalum (vanadium) telluride quasicrystals and their periodic approximants, phase-contrast imaging performed on an aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM) represents a favorable alternative. The (Ta,V){sub 151}Te{sub 74} clusters, the basic structural unit in all these phases, can be visualized with high resolution. A dependence of the image contrast on defocus and specimen thickness has been observed. In thin areas, the projected crystal potential is basically imaged with either dark or bright contrast at two defocus values close to Scherzer defocus as confirmed by image simulations utilizing the principle of reciprocity. Models for square-triangle tilings describing the arrangement of the basic clusters can be derived from such images. - Graphical abstract: PC-STEM image of a (Ta,V){sub 151}Te{sub 74} cluster. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer C{sub s}-corrected STEM is applied for the characterization of dodecagonal quasicrystals. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The projected potential of the structure is mirrored in the images. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Phase-contrast STEM imaging depends on defocus and thickness. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer For simulations of phase-contrast STEM images, the reciprocity theorem is applicable.

  1. Discovery of Critical Oxygen Content for Glass Formation in Zr80Pt20 Melt Spun Ribbons

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    D.J. Sordelet; E.A. Rozhkova; X. Yang; M.J. Kramer

    2004-09-30

    Zr{sub 80}Pt{sub 20} alloys may form meta-stable quasicrystals either during devitrification of an amorphous phase or directly upon cooling from a liquid depending on processing conditions. To date, little attention has been given to the role of oxygen on the glass formation or devitrification behavior of Zr-Pt and similar alloys. This study reveals that oxygen content during melt spinning indeed strongly influences the formation of the as-quenched structure. A critical amount of oxygen was found to be required to form amorphous ribbons at a fixed quench rate. At lower oxygen levels (i.e., <500 ppm mass), a fully crystallized is formed; the structure is composed mainly of meta-stable {beta}-Zr with a small fraction of a quasicrystalline phase. At higher oxygen levels, the as-quenched structure transitions to a fully amorphous structure ({approx}1000 ppm mass), and with further oxygen addition forms a mixture of amorphous and quasicrystalline ({approx}1500 ppm mass) or crystalline phases (>2500 ppm mass). Details regarding the structure of the meta-stable {beta}-Zr phase in the low-oxygen ribbons are provided along with a discussion of the structural similarity between this phase and the quasicrystal structure that formed in this alloy.

  2. Evolution of the dense packings of spherotetrahedral particles: from ideal tetrahedra to spheres.

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    Jin, Weiwei; Lu, Peng; Li, Shuixiang

    2015-10-22

    Particle shape plays a crucial role in determining packing characteristics. Real particles in nature usually have rounded corners. In this work, we systematically investigate the rounded corner effect on the dense packings of spherotetrahedral particles. The evolution of dense packing structure as the particle shape continuously deforms from a regular tetrahedron to a sphere is investigated, starting both from the regular tetrahedron and the sphere packings. The dimer crystal and the quasicrystal approximant are used as initial configurations, as well as the two densest sphere packing structures. We characterize the evolution of spherotetrahedron packings from the ideal tetrahedron (s = 0) to the sphere (s = 1) via a single roundness parameter s. The evolution can be partitioned into seven regions according to the shape variation of the packing unit cell. Interestingly, a peak of the packing density Φ is first observed at s ≈ 0.16 in the Φ-s curves where the tetrahedra have small rounded corners. The maximum density of the deformed quasicrystal approximant family (Φ ≈ 0.8763) is slightly larger than that of the deformed dimer crystal family (Φ ≈ 0.8704), and both of them exceed the densest known packing of ideal tetrahedra (Φ ≈ 0.8563).

  3. Ion beam-irradiation induced structure transformation in α-AlMnSi

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    Guo, Y. X.; Wang, L. M.; Chen, L. F.; Ewing, R. C.

    1997-05-01

    Structure changes of an α-AlMnSi phase, irradiated with 1.5 MeV Xe + ions at room temperature, have been studied by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). At an irradiation dose of 3.4 × 10 13 ions/cm 2, the primitive cubic α-AlMnSi phase transformed to a bcc phase. But the unit cell parameter ( a = 1.268 nm) remained the same. With an increase of irradiation dose, the bcc phase became amorphous at 3.4 × 10 14 ions/cm 2. The bcc phase structure consists of two MacKay icosahedral atomic clusters in each unit cell. A pseudo ten-fold rotational axis has also been obtained via electron diffraction in the specimens irradiated to 5.1 × 10 13 ions/cm 2. This quasicrystal-like structure was found for the first time during the radiation-induced crystalline-to-amorphous phase transformation. Annealing of the fully amorphized specimens was performed with in situ TEM. The α-AlMnSi phase started to form at 350°C and was fully crystallized at 500°C. The bcc phase and quasicrystal-like structures were not observed during the crystallization processes.

  4. Neutron diffraction determination of hydrogen atom locations in the α(TiCrSiO) 1/1 crystal approximant

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    Kim, J. Y.; Kim, W. J.; Gibbons, P. C.; Kelton, K. F.; Yelon, W. B.

    1999-08-01

    Titanium/zirconium-based quasicrystals and their related crystal approximants have been identified as potential new materials for hydrogen storage applications. To better understand the local chemistry and atomic ordering in these phases, preferential interstitial sites for hydrogen/deuterium were determined for α(TiCrSiO). This is a bcc 1/1 crystal approximant to the icosahedral quasicrystal phase that contains a two-shell, Mackay-icosahedral cluster of atoms at each bcc site. It absorbs hydrogen or deuterium, without formation of other hydride phases, to a maximum hydrogen to metal atom ratio (H/M) of 0.26. For fully deuterated samples, both tetrahedral and octahedral interstitial sites are occupied with fractions of 0.14 and 0.12, respectively. Here, the hydrogen/deuterium sites are determined from a Rietveld analysis of x-ray and neutron powder diffraction data taken from samples of α(TiCrSiO) loaded with deuterium. Only the octahedral sites are occupied in the partially deuterated samples (D/M=0.11). A decrease in the oxygen concentration below the stoichiometric value for α(TiCrSiO) leads to an increase in the total amount of hydrogen that can be absorbed, suggesting that these interstitial atoms are competing for the same octahedral interstitial sites.

  5. Reflection quasilattices and the maximal quasilattice

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    Boyle, Latham; Steinhardt, Paul J.

    2016-08-01

    We introduce the concept of a reflection quasilattice, the quasiperiodic generalization of a Bravais lattice with irreducible reflection symmetry. Among their applications, reflection quasilattices are the reciprocal (i.e., Bragg diffraction) lattices for quasicrystals and quasicrystal tilings, such as Penrose tilings, with irreducible reflection symmetry and discrete scale invariance. In a follow-up paper, we will show that reflection quasilattices can be used to generate tilings in real space with properties analogous to those in Penrose tilings, but with different symmetries and in various dimensions. Here we explain that reflection quasilattices only exist in dimensions two, three, and four, and we prove that there is a unique reflection quasilattice in dimension four: the "maximal reflection quasilattice" in terms of dimensionality and symmetry. Unlike crystallographic Bravais lattices, all reflection quasilattices are invariant under rescaling by certain discrete scale factors. We tabulate the complete set of scale factors for all reflection quasilattices in dimension d >2 , and for all those with quadratic irrational scale factors in d =2 .

  6. An Ultrasonic Study of Hydrogen Motion in a Ti-Zr-Ni Quasicrystalline Material

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    Hightower, J. E.; Foster, K.; Leisure, R. G.; Kim, J. Y.; Kelton, K. F.

    2000-09-01

    Previous ultrasonic attenuation measurements^1 for a Ti-Zr-Ni quasicrystalline material have been extended to cover a temperature range up to 425K. The samples were charged to a hydrogen to metal ratio of 0.79 for the quasicrystal and 0.20 for the related crystalline approximant. Hydrogen motion within these materials causes a peak in the ultrasonic loss as a function of temperature. The present higher temperature measurements complement the previous data and give a more reliable determination of the parameters of the hydrogen motion. The results suggest that the hydrogen motion is about an order of magnitude faster in the quasicrystal than in the approximant. The current measurements cannot determine whether this is due to basic differences between the two materials or to hydrogen concentration dependence. The research at Colorado State University was supported by NSF Grant No. DMR-0070808. The work at Washington University was supported by NSF Grant No. DMR-9705202. ^1K. Foster, R. G. Leisure, J. B. Shaklee, J. Y. Kim, and K. F. Kelton, Phys. Rev. B 61, 241 (2000).

  7. Structure and hydrogen storage properties of the hexagonal Laves phase Sc(Al{sub 1-x}Ni{sub x}){sub 2}

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    Sahlberg, Martin; Angstroem, Jonas; Zlotea, Claudia; Beran, Premysl; Latroche, Michel; Pay Gomez, Cesar

    2012-12-15

    The crystal structures of hydrogenated and unhydrogenated Sc(Al{sub 1-x}Ni{sub x}){sub 2} Laves phases have been studied by combining several diffraction techniques and it is shown that hydrogen is situated interstitially in the A{sub 2}B{sub 2}-sites, which have the maximum number of scandium neighbours. The hydrogen absorption/desorption behaviour has also been investigated. It is shown that a solid solution of hydrogen forms in the mother compound. The hydrogen storage capacity exceeds 1.7 H/f.u. at 374 K, and the activation energy of hydrogen desorption was determined to 4.6 kJ/mol H{sub 2}. It is shown that these compounds share the same local coordination as Frank-Kasper-type approximants and quasicrystals, which opens up the possibility of finding many new hydride phases with these types of crystal structures. - Graphical abstract: The structure of ScNiAlDx, Sc atoms are shown in purple and Ni/Al atoms in blue and the iso-surfaces of deuterium in yellow. Revealed from refinements of neutron powder diffraction data. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The crystal structure of ScNiAl and ScNiAlDx is reported. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We show the hydrogen storage properties of Sc(Al{sub 1-x}Ni{sub x}){sub 2}. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We discuss the possibility to store hydrogen in quasicrystals.

  8. Surface alloys as interfacial layers between quasicrystalline and periodic materials

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    Duguet, T.; Ledieu, J.; Dubois, J. M.; Fournée, V.

    2008-08-01

    Low adhesion with normal metals is an intrinsic property of many quasicrystalline surfaces. Although this property could be useful to develop low friction or non-stick coatings, it is also responsible for the poor adhesion of quasicrystalline coatings on metal substrates. Here we investigate the possibility of using complex metallic surface alloys as interface layers to enhance the adhesion between quasicrystals and simple metal substrates. We first review some examples where such complex phases are formed as an overlayer. Then we study the formation of such surface alloys in a controlled way by annealing a thin film deposited on a quasicrystalline substrate. We demonstrate that a coherent buffer layer consisting of the γ-Al4Cu9 approximant can be grown between pure Al and the i-Al-Cu-Fe quasicrystal. The interfacial relationships between the different layers are defined by [111]_{\\mathrm {Al}}\\parallel [110]_{\\mathrm {Al_4Cu_9}}\\parallel [5\\mathrm {f}]_{i\\mbox {-}\\mathrm {Al\\mbox {--}Cu \\mbox {--}Fe}} .

  9. Abrasion resistant coating and method of making the same

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    Sordelet, Daniel J.; Besser, Matthew F.

    2001-06-05

    An abrasion resistant coating is created by adding a ductile phase to a brittle matrix phase during spray coating where an Al--Cu--Fe quasicrystalline phase (brittle matrix) and an FeAl intermetallic (ductile phase) are combined. This composite coating produces a coating mostly of quasicrystal phase and an inter-splat layer of the FeAl phase to help reduce porosity and cracking within the coating. Coatings are prepared by plasma spraying unblended and blended quasicrystal and intermetallic powders. The blended powders contain 1, 5, 10 and 20 volume percent of the intermetallic powders. The unblended powders are either 100 volume percent quasicrystalline or 100 volume percent intermetallic; these unblended powders were studied for comparison to the others. Sufficient ductile phase should be added to the brittle matrix to transform abrasive wear mode from brittle fracture to plastic deformation, while at the same time the hardness of the composite should not be reduced below that of the original brittle phase material.

  10. Abrasion Resistant Coating and Method of making the same

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    Sordelet, Daniel J.; Besser, Matthew F.

    1999-06-25

    An abrasion resistant coating is created by adding a ductile phase to a brittle matrix phase during spray coating where an Al-Cu-Fe quasicrystalline phase (brittle matrix) and an FeAl intermetallic (ductile phase) are combined. This composite coating produces a coating mostly of quasicrystal phase and an inter-splat layer of the FeAl phase to help reduce porosity and cracking within the coating. Coatings are prepared by plasma spraying unblended and blended quasicrystal and intermetallic powders. The blended powders contain 1, 5, 10 and 20 volume percent of the intermetallic powders. The unblended powders are either 100 volume percent quasicrystalline or 100 volume percent intermetallic; these unblended powders were studied for comparison to the others. Sufficient ductile phase should be added to the brittle matrix to transform abrasive wear mode from brittle fracture to plastic deformation, while at the same time the hardness of the composite should not be reduced below that of the original brittle phase material.

  11. Final Technical Report for the project titled "Manganese Based Permanent Magnet with 40 MGOe at 200°C"

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    Cui, Jun

    2015-12-31

    The objective of project was to develop MnBi based permanent magnet for high temperature application (~150°C). This objective is derived based on MnBi’s unique positive temperature dependence of coercivity, which is doubled from ~1 T at RT to ~2.5 T at 200°C. Because of its limited magnetization (<0.9 T at RT), the MnBi magnet is best suited to fill in the gap between rare earth based NdFeB-Dy or SmCo magnet (20 MGOe) and the AlNiCo magnet (10 MGOe) at 150°C. It is expected that if successfully developed, MnBi will effectively mitigate the world’s demand on Dy. Before this project, the highest LTP content in MnBi powder is about 90% if the quantity of the powder is less than 5 gram (using melt-spin method); or 80% if the quantity is greater than 100 gram (using conventional powder metallurgical method such as arc melting and annealing). After this project, large quantities (5kg/batch) with high LPT phase content (>92 wt%) can be routinely synthesized. This achievement is made possible by the newly developed synthesis method based on conventional metallurgical processing technique involving arc melting, two-stage ingot annealing, grinding, sieving, and vacuum annealing. Before this project, the finest powder particle size is about 35 μm with overall powder composition maintaining at about 85% LTP phase. The reason why LTP phase content is listed along with particle size is because LTP MnBi is easy to decompose when exposed to temperature higher than 350 °C. As result, only low energy ball milling can be used to refine the particle size; moreover, the ball milling time cannot exceed 4 hrs, or else the decomposed LTP MnBi phase will exceed 10%. After this project, the finest powder size is reduced to 1~5 μm while maintain the 90% LTP MnBi phase content. This achievement is made possible by a newly developed cryogenic ball milling system, which provides -70 °C ambient for the rolling container. Before this project, it is not clear if MnBi will

  12. Short- term effects of silvicultural treatment on net nitrogen mineralization in a Mediterranean oak forest

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    Bautista, Inmaculada; Lull, Cristina; Lidón, Antonio; González-Sanchis, María; del Campo, Antonio

    2014-05-01

    Forest productivity is strongly linked to nitrogen (N) uptake and N net mineralization. Under Mediterranean climate, soil water content and soil biological activity are highly variable. This determines the N availability, which is restricted by low soil water content in summer and low temperature in winter. Silvicultural treatments often alter nutrient fluxes inducing changes in environmental conditions and biological activity. The aim of the study is to examine the short term responses of soil carbon (C) and N to a thinning treatment. The study site is a marginal oak forest located in Valencia (East of Spain).Two contiguous plots, control and treatment, of 1800 m2 area, respectively, were selected. The orientation (NW), slope (30 %) and initial forest density (861 tree per ha) were the same for both plots. Treatment plot was thinned on May, 2012, following the forest manager's requirements, reducing the forest density from 861 to 414 tree per ha. Control plot was not thinned. Net nitrogen mineralization, net nitrification and nitrogen leaching under 15 cm depth were determined by in situ measurements in both, thinned and control plots, using the resin-core method. Soil samples were uniformly distributed along the slope (top, middle and bottom). Cores were replaced every two months to obtain seasonal variation of nitrogen mineralization along the year. Furthermore, laboratory respiration, soluble organic carbon (SOC) and microbial biomass carbon (MBC) evolution were also estimated in the soil used in the field incubations. Soil water content and temperature at 5 cm depth were continuously recorded using FDR sensors (EC-TM, Decagon Devices Inc., Pullman, WA) connected to several ECHO2 (Decagon) data-loggers . All the biological parameters measured significantly varied along the year. In general, higher values of SOC and MBC were found in the thinned plot samples, but differences were not statistically significant. A significant effect of the thinning was found in

  13. In-season Drought Monitoring: Testing Instrumentation and Developing Methods of Measurement Analysis

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    Raper, Tyson B.

    Soil moisture sensor use in crop production systems has the potential to give inference on plant water status for the purpose of irrigation scheduling and site-drought characterization. These processed measurements could serve as the framework on which to compile trial results across locations, thereby more accurately defining varietal yield response to drought. Still, the ability to characterize drought within a given field or initiate irrigations from these data hinge upon the ability of the instrument to characterize soil moisture at the sampled point and extrapolate that information across the landscape and time. Therefore, the objectives of this research were to: (1) test the response of the Watermark 200SS (Irrometer Company, Inc., Riverside, CA) and Decagon 10HS (Decagon Devices, Inc., Pullman, WA) to changes in water content of three dissimilar soils representing common soils in row-crop production under variable environmental conditions; (2) develop a soil moisture-based index to quantify drought stress in dryland cotton cultivar trials; and (3) determine if a limited number of soil moisture sensors deployed into a dryland cultivar trial could accurately characterize the VWC at a given point within the field and if this measurement could be extrapolated out to the field scale from the very small sphere of influence characterizing the utilized soil moisture sensors. During the 2012 and 2013 growing seasons soil moisture sensors were deployed into over 14 cotton cultivar trials across the U.S. Cotton Belt and into a water-input controlled container study. Tested sensors' inability to accurately predict container VWC emphasized the relatively small quantity of soil on which these sensors rely and the variability in soil moisture within a very limited volume. Results from the drought-index studies suggested both the Accumulated Soil Moisture Stress Index (ASMSI) and the relative reduction in evapotranspiration (1-(ETc adj/ETc)) appear to have potential in

  14. Optimal width of quasicrystalline slabs of dielectric cylinders to microwave radiation transmission contrast

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    Andueza, Ángel; Wang, Kang; Pérez-Conde, Jesús; Sevilla, Joaquín

    2016-08-01

    Light confinement induced by resonant states in aperiodic photonic structures is interesting for many applications. A particular case of these resonances can be found in 2D quasicrystalline arrangements of dielectric cylinders. These systems present a rather isotropic band gap as well as isolated in-gap photonic states (as a result of spatially localized resonances). These states are built by high symmetry polygonal clusters that can be regarded as photonic molecules. In this paper, we study the transmission properties of a slab of glass cylinders arranged in approximants of the decagonal quasicrystalline structure. In particular, we investigate the influence of the slab width in the transmission contrast between the states and the gap. The study is both experimental and numerical in the microwave regime. We find that the best transmission contrast is found for a width of around three times the radiation wavelength. The transmission in the band gap region is mediated by the resonances of the photonic molecules. If the samples are thin enough, they become transparent except around a resonance of the photonic molecule which reflects the incoming light.

  15. Partitioning the relative contribution of dew and fog to total occult precipitation across a decreasing fog inundation gradient in the Pajaro Valley, CA

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    Farlin, J. P.; Paw U, K. T.

    2015-12-01

    Traditionally, occult precipitation has been difficult to measure, especially given that it can take two predominant forms: fogs and dews. Recent studies have shown that estimates of fog deposition can be made using constructed fog collectors of various styles. Leaf-wetness sensors have also been deployed to try and estimate the relative wetness of leaves during fog events, but coastal systems can integrate both fog deposition and dew condensation, which cannot be differentiated with such sensors alone. We measured fog interception with Decagon Leaf Wetness Sensors (LWSs) outfitted with a 1m2 mesh passive fog collector in areas adjacent to the California Irrigation Management Information System (CIMIS) sites in the Pajaro Valley. The LWSs that were deployed were covered with a partial shield or left uncovered. Covering the LWS creates a microclimate that allows discrimination between fog events that horizontally advect droplets that impact individual leaves, and dew events, which condense once dew point temperature is reached. By measuring fog with a standard measurement device (mesh fog collector), and comparing it to LWSs that have either fog exposure or fog exclusion (covered LWSs), we can partition the relative contribution of dew to overall occult precipitation. This would be the first study quantifying the amount of water inputs (horizontally advecting fog) to the amount of recycled water (dew) to gain a greater understanding of the role of occult precipitation in catchment water balances across coastal California.

  16. Geothermal characteristics of the latest Pleistocene to Holocene sediments in Japan and their correlations with geophysical properties

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    Mon, E.; Saito, T.; Hamamoto, S.; Takemura, T.; Saito, H.; Ohnishi, J.; Komatsu, T.

    2011-12-01

    The ground source heat pump (GSHP) is a highly efficient and renewable energy technology for space heating and cooling, with benefits including energy conservation and reduction in greenhouse gases emission. Understanding soil geothermal characteristics such as thermal conductivity or heat capacity is essential to simulate heat transport in soils and optimize GSHP system design. Geothermal characteristics are highly affected by the geophysical properties such as water content, void ratio, and particle size distribution as well as the soil mineralogy. Therefore, the possible relation between geothermal and geophysical properties is very promising for estimating the geothermal characteristics of different sediments types. In this study, geothermal characteristics of the latest Pleistocene to Holocene sediments at Saitama city in Japan were investigated with relation to geophysical properties. The undisturbed soil core samples were taken from different depths along a 50 m borehole. Thermal conductivity and heat capacity of the samples were measured by using a Decagon KD2-Pro probe which uses a transient line heat source method. In general, higher thermal conductivity and lower heat capacity were observed for samples with higher dry bulk density and lower water content, showing clear linear relations between each geothermal property and the geophysical properties. After further accumulation of data for thermal properties of sediments with different geological properties, these relations will be further investigated and predictive models for geothermal properties as a function of geophysical properties will be proposed.

  17. Identification of phases in gas-atomised droplets by combination of neutron and X-ray diffraction techniques with atom probe tomography.

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    Calvo-Dahlborg, M; Chambreland, S; Bao, C M; Quelennec, X; Cadel, E; Cuvilly, F; Dahlborg, U

    2009-04-01

    Powders of Al(68.5)Ni(31.5) alloy have been produced by gas atomisation and sieved in different grain size families. The resulting families have been analysed by combined neutron and X-ray diffraction in order to investigate the structure and identify the existing phases at the surface and in the bulk of the grains. The weight fraction of the identified phases (Al(3)Ni(2), Al(3)Ni and Al) has been estimated from a profile refinement with the FULLPROF computer codes. An additional phase was observed but could not be identified in the diffraction patterns. Starting from grains less than 5mum in diameter, samples have been shaped by annular focused ion beam into needles that were suitable for atom probe investigations. The structure and morphologies observed by different techniques are compared and discussed. It has also been possible to estimate the crystallite sizes and the strains corresponding to the different phases present in the powders from the refinement of the ND patterns. In addition to Al(3)Ni(2) and Al(3)Ni, a phase of composition close to the nominal one of the alloy was observed in the atom probe measurements. This phase could be one of the decagonal ones referred to in the literature. Small particles of composition close to Al(82)Ni(18) are attributed to the metastable Al(9)Ni(2) phase. The achieved conclusions demonstrate the complementarity of X-ray and neutron diffraction techniques and atom probe tomography to analyse complex structures.

  18. Evaluation of non-destructive methods for estimating biomass in marshes of the upper Texas, USA coast

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    Whitbeck, M.; Grace, J.B.

    2006-01-01

    The estimation of aboveground biomass is important in the management of natural resources. Direct measurements by clipping, drying, and weighing of herbaceous vegetation are time-consuming and costly. Therefore, non-destructive methods for efficiently and accurately estimating biomass are of interest. We compared two non-destructive methods, visual obstruction and light penetration, for estimating aboveground biomass in marshes of the upper Texas, USA coast. Visual obstruction was estimated using the Robel pole method, which primarily measures the density and height of the canopy. Light penetration through the canopy was measured using a Decagon light wand, with readings taken above the vegetation and at the ground surface. Clip plots were also taken to provide direct estimates of total aboveground biomass. Regression relationships between estimated and clipped biomass were significant using both methods. However, the light penetration method was much more strongly correlated with clipped biomass under these conditions (R2 value 0.65 compared to 0.35 for the visual obstruction approach). The primary difference between the two methods in this situation was the ability of the light-penetration method to account for variations in plant litter. These results indicate that light-penetration measurements may be better for estimating biomass in marshes when plant litter is an important component. We advise that, in all cases, investigators should calibrate their methods against clip plots to evaluate applicability to their situation. ?? 2006, The Society of Wetland Scientists.

  19. Low-temperature structure of ξ'-Al-Pd-Mn optimized by ab initio methods

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    Frigan, Benjamin; Santana, Alejandro; Engel, Michael; Schopf, Daniel; Trebin, Hans-Rainer; Mihalkovič, Marek

    2011-11-01

    We have studied and resolved occupancy correlations in the existing average structure model of the complex metallic alloy ξ'-Al-Pd-Mn [Boudard , Philos. Mag. APMAADG0141-861010.1080/01418619608242169 74, 939 (1996)], which has approximately 320 atoms in the unit cell and many fractionally occupied sites. Model variants were constructed systematically in a tiling-decoration approach and subjected to simulated annealing by use of both density functional theory and molecular dynamics with empirical potentials. To obtain a measure for thermodynamic stability, we reproduce the Al-Pd-Mn phase diagram at T=0 K, and derive an enthalpy of formation for each structure. Our optimal structure resolves a cloud of fractionally occupied sites in pseudo-Mackay clusters. In particular, we demonstrate the presence of rotational degrees of freedom of an Al9 inner shell, which is caged within two icosahedrally symmetric outer shells Al30 and Pd12. Outside these clusters, the chemical ordering on a chain of three nearby sites surprisingly breaks the inversion symmetry of the surrounding structure, and couples to an Al/vacancy site nearby. Our refined tiling-decoration model applies to any structure within the ɛ-phases family, including the metastable decagonal quasicrystalline phase.

  20. Psychrometric measurement of soil water potential: Stability of calibration and test of pressure-plate samples

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    Jones, T.L. ); Gee, G.W.; Heller, P.R. )

    1990-08-01

    A commercially available thermocouple psychrometer sample changer (Decagon SC-10A) was used to measure the water potential of field soils ranging in texture from sand to silty clay loam over a range of {minus}0.5 to {minus}20.0 MPa. The standard error of prediction based on regression statistics was generally between 0.04 and 0.14 MPa at {minus}5 MPa. Replacing the measuring junction of the unit changed the calibration slightly; however, it did not significantly alter measurement accuracy. Calibration curves measured throughout a year of testing are consistent and indicate no systematic drift in calibration. Most measurement uncertainty is produced by shifts in the intercept in the calibration equation rather than the slope. Both the variability in intercept and the regression error seem to be random. Measurements taken with the SC-10A show that water potential in both sand and silt loam samples removed from 1.5-MPa pressure plates was often 0.5 to 1.0 MPa greater than the 1.5-MPa applied pressure. Limited data from 0.5-MPa pressure plates show close agreement between SC-10A measurements and pressure applied to these more permeable plates.

  1. A methodology to identify representative configurations of sensors for monitoring soil moisture.

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    Rivera, Diego; Granda, Stalin; Arumí, José Luis; Sandoval, Marco; Billib, Max

    2012-11-01

    Soil moisture is the key link among hydroecological compartments, responding dynamically to sequences of atmospheric processes and management conditions and modulating physical, chemical, and biological processes in the soil. Currently, there are a variety of monitoring techniques to measure, directly or indirectly, the soil moisture. However, some practical issues remain open like the definition a priori of the number, location and depth of the monitoring points, and the impact of failing or poor performance soil moisture sensors. Here, we present a set of techniques, namely Δθ time series, wavelet filtering, and time stability, to identify representative points and monitoring depths through an analysis of hourly soil moisture time series for different configuration of the monitoring network. We used real data from a monitoring network consisting of seven monitoring points, each one with four EC-5 probes (Decagon Devices Inc., Pullman, WA) at 20, 40, 60, and 100 cm. The use of simple time series of Δθ allowed us to assess the spatiotemporal influence of the monitoring points, while the wavelet periodograms allowed us to get insight about the response of the monitoring points at different time scales. Both methods are easy to implement or adapt to specific conditions, being coherent to the results derived from time stability analysis. For our case study, we concluded that we could reallocate 16 sensors (out of 28) without a significant loss of information. However, the final decision strongly relies on a deep knowledge of the site features and the objectives of the monitoring network.

  2. Differential refractive index sensor based on photonic molecules and defect cavities

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    Andueza, Ángel; Pérez-Conde, Jesús; Sevilla, Joaquín

    2016-08-01

    We present a novel differential refractive index sensor based on arrays of photonic molecules (PM) of dielectric cylinders and two structural defect cavities. The transmission spectrum of the photonic proposed structure as sensor shows a wide photonic stop band with two localized states. One of them, the reference state, is bound to a decagonal ring of cylinders and the other, the sensing state, to the defect cavities of the lattice. It is shown that defect mode is very sensitive to the presence of materials with dielectric permittivity different from that of the surrounding cylinders while the state in the PM is not affected by their presence. This behavior allows to design a device for sensing applications. A prototype of the sensor, in the microwave region, was built using a matrix of 3x2 PM arrays made of soda-lime glass cylinders (dielectric permittivity of 4.5). The transmission spectra was measured in the microwave range (8-12 GHz) with samples of different refractive index inserted in the defect cavities. Simulations with Finite Integration time-domain Method are in good agreement with experiments. We find that the response of the sensor is linear. Device measurement range is determined by the dielectric constant of the cylinders that make up the device. The results here presented in the microwave region can be extrapolated to the visible range due to scale invariance of Maxwell equations. This make our prototype a promising structure as sensor also in the optical range.

  3. Road Salt Accumulation and Wash-out in Stormwater Detention Basins: Patterns and Implications for Biogeochemical Cycling

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    McPhillips, L. E.; Walter, M. T.

    2014-12-01

    There is increasing evidence that salt application to roads and parking lots in winter is driving a rise in chloride concentrations in streams in the northeastern United States. Our research focuses specifically on salt dynamics in stormwater detention basins, which receive runoff directly from parking lots and detain it before it reaches the stream. The four study basins are located on the Cornell University campus in Ithaca, NY USA. Between summer 2012 and 2014, soil electrical conductivity was continuously monitored inside and outside the basins using Decagon 5TE sensors and dataloggers. In two basins which drain stormwater quickly, conductivity levels changed minimally over the year. However, in the other two basins which drain much slower and often are saturated, conductivity increased through the winter, peaking at 8-10 mS/cm, and then took several months to decrease to baseline levels; thus the basins served as a source of salt to outflowing water even into the summer. This annual variation in soil salinity has implications for plant and microbial communities living in these basins. Research by colleagues has indicated that changing salinity can alter microbial communities and impact biogeochemical processes that play a role in water quality remediation. Thus we are also investigating the impact of salinity on denitrification rates in these basins. All of this information will help us understand what role stormwater detention basins are playing in controlling fluxes of road salt in watersheds, as well as how changing salinity influences the ecosystem services provided by these basins.

  4. Application of geotechnical and geophysical field measurements in an active alpine environment

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    Lucas, D. R.; Fankhauser, K.; Springman, S. M.

    2015-09-01

    Rainfall can trigger landslides, rockfalls and debris flow events. When rainfall infiltrates into the soil, the suction (if there is any) is reduced, until positive water pressure can be developed, decreasing the effective stresses and leading to a potential failure. A challenging site for the study of mass movement is the Meretschibach catchment, a location in the Swiss Alps in the vicinity of Agarn, Canton of Valais. To study the effect of rainfall on slope stabilities, the soil characterization provides valuable insight on soil properties, necessary to establish a realistic ground model. This model, together with an effective long term-field monitoring, deliver the essential information and boundary conditions for predicting and validating rainfall- induced slope instabilities using numerical and physical modelling. Geotechnical monitoring, including soil temperature and volumetric water content measurements, has been performed on the study site together with geophysical measurements (ERT) to study the effect of rainfall on the (potential) triggering of landslides on a scree slope composed of a surficial layer of gravelly soil. These techniques were combined to provide information on the soil characteristics and depth to the bedrock. Seasonal changes of precipitation and temperature were reflected in corresponding trends in all measurements. A comparison of volumetric water content records was obtained from decagons, time domain reflectometry (TDR) and electrical resistivity tomography (ERT) conducted throughout the spring and summer months of 2014, yielding a reasonable agreement.

  5. Computer-generated holograms allowing 360-degree viewing

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    Sakamoto, Yuji; Kashiwagi, Akifumi; Murarya, Yoshimi

    2007-02-01

    Holograms that is allowing 360-degree viewing such as cylindrical holograms, show us 3D images with motion parallax and look-around property. Especially, full parallax holograms - not multiplex holograms - make reproductions with an impressive 3-D feeling. However, it has not been realized by a computer-generated hologram, because it takes huge amount of time to calculate a fringe pattern by a PC. To improve the calculation time, we have studied two types of computer-generated holograms allowing 360-degree viewing: cylindrical holograms and prismatic holograms. A prismatic hologram consists of some plates, and it takes not so much time to synthesize the hologram on each plate, because there are some fast calculation methods on planar shape hologram. For the example of the prismatic holograms, we made decagonal prismatic holograms that consist of 10 plates. On the other hand, a fast calculation method of cylindrical-holograms has been proposed, theoretically. We have implemented the method and verified the efficiency of the method. Both calculated fringe patterns were printed on transparent sheets and were carried out experiments of reconstruction. As the results, the holograms show us 3D images of objects at the center of the hologram. A viewer can see the 3D objects from 360-degree by both eyes. In this paper, we discuss the methods and experimental results.

  6. Laboratory experiments of heat and moisture fluxes through supraglacial debris

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    Nicholson, Lindsey; Mayer, Christoph; Wirbel, Anna

    2014-05-01

    Inspired by earlier work (Reznichenko et al., 2010), we have carried out experiments within a climate chamber to explore the best ways to measure the heat and moisture fluxes through supraglacial debris. Sample ice blocks were prepared with debris cover of varying lithology, grain size and thickness and were instrumented with a combination of Gemini TinyTag temperature/relative humidity sensors and Decagon soil moisture sensors in order to monitor the heat and moisture fluxes through the overlying debris material when the experiment is exposed to specified solar lamp radiation and laminar airflow within the temperature-controlled climate chamber. Experimental results can be used to determine the optimal set up for numerical models of heat and moisture flux through supraglacial debris and also indicate the performance limitations of such sensors that can be expected in field installations. Reznichenko, N., Davies, T., Shulmeister, J. and McSaveney, M. (2010) Effects of debris on ice-surface melting rates: an experimental study. Journal of Glaciology, Volume 56, Number 197, 384-394.

  7. The Efficiency of Delone Coverings of the Canonical Tilings T^*(A4) and T^*(D6)

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    Papadopolos, Zorka; Kasner, Gerald

    This chapter is devoted to the coverings of the two quasiperiodic canonical tilings T^*(A4) and T^*(D6) T^*(2F), obtained by projection from the root lattices A4 and D6, respectively. In the first major part of this chapter, in Sect. 5.2, we shall introduce a Delone covering C^sT^*(A4) of the 2-dimensional decagonal tiling T^*(A4). In the second major part of this chapter, Sect. 5.3, we summarize the results related to the Delone covering of the icosahedral tiling T^*(D6), CT^*(D6) and determine the zero-, single-, and double- deckings and the resulting thickness of the covering. In the conclusions section, we give some suggestions as to how the definition of the Delone covering might be changed in order to reach some real (full) covering of the icosahedral tiling T^*(D6). In Section 5.2 the definition of the Delone covering is also changed in order to avoid an unnecessary large thickness of the covering.

  8. Fabrication of liquid crystal gratings based on photoalignment technology

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    Lu, Yan-Qing; Hu, Wei; Srivastava, Abhishek; Chigrinov, Vladimir G.

    2013-03-01

    A serial of LC gratings are fabricated mainly based on photoalignment, which include (1) Nematic LC grating with alternating 90° twisted nematic (TN) regions and homogeneous alignment (PA). Both 1D and 2D diffraction gratings are demonstrated by periodic photoalignment of sulfonic azo-dye (SD1) films with a linearly polarized light beam. (2) A polarization independent of 1D/2D LC gratings with alternate orthogonal homogeneously aligned regions. No polarizer is employed. (3) A polarizer-free submillisecond response grating employing dual-frequency LC (DFLC) together with patterned hybrid aligned nematic (HAN) structures. To obtain instantly controllable LC microstructures rather than simple gratings, a digital micro-mirror device (DMD) based a micro-lithography system is developed. It may generate arbitrary micro-images on photoalignment layers. Besides normal phase gratings, more complex 2D patterns including quasicrystal structure are demonstrated, which give us more freedom to develop microstructured LC based photonic devices.

  9. Modern methods for investigating functional surfaces of advanced materials by mechanical contact testing

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    Petrzhik, M. I.; Levashov, E. A.

    2007-11-01

    Modern methods for determining the hardness, Young’s modulus, elastic recovery, adhesive/cohesive strength, friction coefficient, and wear resistance of thin films, coatings, multilayer materials, and bulk materials are considered. The experimental data obtained in instrumented indentation, instrumented scratching, and tribological tests of nanostructured and quasicrystalline coatings and composite materials are analyzed. It is noted that the elastic recovery of a number of advanced materials is higher than the elastic recovery of metal alloys by a factor of 2-3. The coefficients of sliding friction of sintered samples and thin films containing Al-Cu-Fe quasicrystals are found to be relatively low. An increase in the fraction of quasicrystalline particles to 30% in composites with an aluminum matrix leads to an increase in the wear resistance.

  10. Tiling phosphorene.

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    Guan, Jie; Zhu, Zhen; Tománek, David

    2014-12-23

    We present a scheme to categorize the structure of different layered phosphorene allotropes by mapping their nonplanar atomic structure onto a two-color 2D triangular tiling pattern. In the buckled structure of a phosphorene monolayer, we assign atoms in "top" positions to dark tiles and atoms in "bottom" positions to light tiles. Optimum sp3 bonding is maintained throughout the structure when each triangular tile is surrounded by the same number N of like-colored tiles, with 0≤N≤2. Our ab initio density functional calculations indicate that both the relative stability and electronic properties depend primarily on the structural index N. The proposed mapping approach may also be applied to phosphorene structures with nonhexagonal rings and 2D quasicrystals with no translational symmetry, which we predict to be nearly as stable as the hexagonal network.

  11. Dimerization, trimerization and quantum pumping

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    Guo, Huaiming

    2014-03-01

    We study one-dimensional topological models with dimerization and trimerization and show that these models can be generated using interaction or optical superlattice. The topological properties of these models are demonstrated by the appearance of edge states and the mechanism of dimerization and trimerization is analyzed. Then we show that a quantum pumping process can be constructed based on each one-dimensional topological model. The quantum pumping process is explicitly demonstrated by the instantaneous energy spectrum and local current. The result shows that the pumping is assisted by the gapless states connecting the bands and one charge is pumped during a cycle, which also defines a nonzero Chern number. Our study systematically shows the connection of one-dimensional topological models and quantum pumping, and is useful for the experimental studies on topological phases in optical lattices and photonic quasicrystals.

  12. Broadband multiple responses of surface modes in quasicrystalline plasmonic structure

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    Yuan, Haiming; Jiang, Xiangqian; Huang, Feng; Sun, Xiudong

    2016-01-01

    We numerically study the multiple excitation of surface modes in 2D photonic quasicrystal/metal/substrate structure. An improved rigorous coupled wave analysis method that can handle the quasicrystalline structure is presented. The quasicrystalline lattice, which refers to Penrose tiling in this paper, is generated by the cut-and-project method. The normal incidence spectrum presents a broadband multiple responses property. We find that the phase matching condition determines the excitation frequency for a given incident angle, while the depth of the reflection valley depends on the incident polarization. The modes will split into several sub-modes at oblique incidence, which give rise to the appearance of more responses on the spectrum. PMID:27492782

  13. Deterministic quasi-random nanostructures for photon control.

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    Martins, Emiliano R; Li, Juntao; Liu, YiKun; Depauw, Valérie; Chen, Zhanxu; Zhou, Jianying; Krauss, Thomas F

    2013-01-01

    Controlling the flux of photons is crucial in many areas of science and technology. Artificial materials with nano-scale modulation of the refractive index, such as photonic crystals, are able to exercise such control and have opened exciting new possibilities for light manipulation. An interesting alternative to such periodic structures is the class of materials known as quasi-crystals, which offer unique advantages such as richer Fourier spectra. Here we introduce a novel approach for designing such richer Fourier spectra, by using a periodic structure that allows us to control its Fourier components almost at will. Our approach is based on binary gratings, which makes the structures easy to replicate and to tailor towards specific applications. As an example, we show how these structures can be employed to achieve highly efficient broad-band light trapping in thin films that approach the theoretical (Lambertian) limit, a problem of crucial importance for photovoltaics.

  14. Morphology and structure of various phases at the bonding interface of Al/steel formed by explosive welding

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    Li; Hashimoto; Sukedai; Zhang; Zhang

    2000-01-01

    The bonding interface of explosively-welded aluminium and steel in three explosive conditions have been investigated by using scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, electron diffraction and electron probe microanalysis methods. The results show that all the interfaces have the shape of waves with curled front formed by process of superplasticity and some discontinuous reacted zones. They consist of amorphous and nano sized crystals and quasi-crystals as well as the compounds such as AlFe, Al2Fe, Al3Fe and Al6Fe with various shapes. The basal steel crystal near the interface has structure of martensite and perlite crystals which are deformed by the process of superplasticity. The size of reacted zone becomes large with increasing amount of explosive charge powder and separation of the driver Al plate from the basal steel plate.

  15. Synthesis, characterization and physical properties of Al-Cu-Fe quasicrystalline plasma sprayed coatings

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    Daniel, S.

    1995-11-09

    Our lab has been working with plasma spraying of both high pressure gas atomized (HPGA) and cast and crushed quasicrystal powders. A major component of this research includes comparative studies of PAS coatings formed with starting powders prepared by both techniques. In addition, a thorough investigation of the effects of starting powder particle size on coating microstructure is included. During the course of the overall research, an interest developed in forming Al-Cu-Fe materials with finer grain sizes. Therefore, a brief study was performed to characterize the effect of adding boron to Al-Cu-Fe materials prepared by different techniques. In addition to characterizing the microstructural features of the above materials, oxidation and wear behavior was also examined.

  16. Non-additive model for specific heat of electrons

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    Anselmo, D. H. A. L.; Vasconcelos, M. S.; Silva, R.; Mello, V. D.

    2016-10-01

    By using non-additive Tsallis entropy we demonstrate numerically that one-dimensional quasicrystals, whose energy spectra are multifractal Cantor sets, are characterized by an entropic parameter, and calculate the electronic specific heat, where we consider a non-additive entropy Sq. In our method we consider an energy spectra calculated using the one-dimensional tight binding Schrödinger equation, and their bands (or levels) are scaled onto the [ 0 , 1 ] interval. The Tsallis' formalism is applied to the energy spectra of Fibonacci and double-period one-dimensional quasiperiodic lattices. We analytically obtain an expression for the specific heat that we consider to be more appropriate to calculate this quantity in those quasiperiodic structures.

  17. Broadband multiple responses of surface modes in quasicrystalline plasmonic structure.

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    Yuan, Haiming; Jiang, Xiangqian; Huang, Feng; Sun, Xiudong

    2016-01-01

    We numerically study the multiple excitation of surface modes in 2D photonic quasicrystal/metal/substrate structure. An improved rigorous coupled wave analysis method that can handle the quasicrystalline structure is presented. The quasicrystalline lattice, which refers to Penrose tiling in this paper, is generated by the cut-and-project method. The normal incidence spectrum presents a broadband multiple responses property. We find that the phase matching condition determines the excitation frequency for a given incident angle, while the depth of the reflection valley depends on the incident polarization. The modes will split into several sub-modes at oblique incidence, which give rise to the appearance of more responses on the spectrum. PMID:27492782

  18. Area scalable optically induced photorefractive photonic microstructures

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    Jin, Wentao; Xue, Yan Ling; Jiang, Dongdong

    2016-07-01

    A convenient approach to fabricate area scalable two-dimensional photonic microstructures was experimentally demonstrated by multi-face optical wedges. The approach is quite compact and stable without complex optical alignment equipment. Large-area square lattice microstructures are optically induced inside an iron-doped lithium niobate photorefractive crystal. The induced large-area microstructures are analyzed and verified by plane wave guiding, Brillouin-zone spectroscopy, angle-dependent transmission spectrum, and lateral Bragg reflection patterns. The method can be easily extended to generate other more complex area scalable photonic microstructures, such as quasicrystal lattices, by designing the multi-face optical wedge appropriately. The induced area scalable photonic microstructures can be fixed or erased even re-recorded in the photorefractive crystal, which suggests potential applications in micro-nano photonic devices.

  19. Photonic stop bands in quasi-random nanoporous anodic alumina structures

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    Maksymov, Ivan; Ferré-Borrull, Josep; Pallarès, Josep; Marsal, Lluis F.

    2012-10-01

    The existence of photonic stop bands in the self-assembled arrangement of pores in porous anodic alumina structures is investigated by means of rigorous 2D finite-difference time-domain calculations. Self-assembled porous anodic alumina shows a random distribution of domains, each of them with a very definite triangular pattern, constituting a quasi-random structure. The observed stop bands are similar to those of photonic quasicrystals or random structures. As the pores of nanoporous anodic alumina can be infiltrated with noble metals, nonlinear or active media, it makes this material very attractive and cost-effective for applications including inhibition of spontaneous emission, random lasing, LEDs and biosensors.

  20. Extremely small thermal conductivity of the Al-based Mackay-type 1/1 -cubic approximants

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    Takeuchi, Tsunehiro; Nagasako, Naoyuki; Asahi, Ryoji; Mizutani, Uichiro

    2006-08-01

    Thermal conductivity (κ) of the Al-based Mackay-type 1/1 -cubic approximants ( α -phase) was investigated over a wide temperature range from 2Kto300K . Behaviors of κ(T) observed for these 1/1 -cubic approximants were essentially the same with those reported for the corresponding icosahedral quasicrystals; very small magnitude lower than 4.5W/mK , small contribution of electrons, and possession of a local maximum and a local minimum around 30-50K and 100-200K , respectively. By analyzing measured lattice thermal conductivity κlat(T) in terms both of local atomic arrangements and phonon dispersions, we revealed that κlat(T) is greatly reduced by combination of the small group velocity of phonons and the enhanced umklapp process of phonon scattering. Those characteristics are brought about by the large lattice constant and vacancies in the structure.

  1. Diffraction with a coherent X-ray beam: dynamics and imaging

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    Livet, Frédéric

    2007-01-01

    Methods for carrying out coherent X-ray scattering experiments are reviewed. The brilliance of the available synchrotron sources, the characteristics of the existing optics, the various ways of obtaining a beam of controlled coherence properties and the detectors used are summarized. Applications in the study of the dynamics of speckle patterns are described. In the case of soft condensed matter, the movement of inclusions like fillers in polymers or colloidal particles can be observed and these can reflect polymer or liquid-crystal fluctuations. In hard condensed-matter problems, like phase transitions, charge-density waves or phasons in quasicrystals, the study of speckle fluctuations provides new time-resolved methods. In the domain of lensless imaging, the coherent beam gives the modulus of the sample Fourier transform. If oversampling conditions are fulfilled, the phase can be obtained and the image in the direct space can be reconstructed. The forthcoming improvements of all these techniques are discussed. PMID:17301470

  2. Spectral properties of optical anisotropy induced by laser radiation in dye solutions

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    Pikulik, L G; Chernyavskii, V A; Grib, A F

    2000-06-30

    Spectral studies of induced quasi-crystal properties (which can be quantitatively characterised by the difference in the refractive indices of ordinary and extraordinary waves, {Delta}n=n{sub o}-n{sub e}) in Rhodamine 6G and Rhodamine 4C solutions in glycerine excited in the visible and UV ranges of the absorption spectrum are presented. It is demonstrated that the observed spectral dependences of {Delta}n of these dye solutions excited in the visible (long-wavelength) and UV (short-wavelength) ranges of the absorption spectrum can be interpreted in terms of an oscillator model of a molecule. The proposed method for the analysis of induced optical anisotropy in solutions of organic compounds allows the relative orientation of oscillators in a molecule and, thus, the relative orientation of electronic transitions in a molecule to be determined in a reliable way. (iv international conference on atom and molecular pulsed lasers (ampl'99))

  3. Aperiodic Weak Topological Superconductors

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    Fulga, I. C.; Pikulin, D. I.; Loring, T. A.

    2016-06-01

    Weak topological phases are usually described in terms of protection by the lattice translation symmetry. Their characterization explicitly relies on periodicity since weak invariants are expressed in terms of the momentum-space torus. We prove the compatibility of weak topological superconductors with aperiodic systems, such as quasicrystals. We go beyond usual descriptions of weak topological phases and introduce a novel, real-space formulation of the weak invariant, based on the Clifford pseudospectrum. A nontrivial value of this index implies a nontrivial bulk phase, which is robust against disorder and hosts localized zero-energy modes at the edge. Our recipe for determining the weak invariant is directly applicable to any finite-sized system, including disordered lattice models. This direct method enables a quantitative analysis of the level of disorder the topological protection can withstand.

  4. Negative refraction and focusing of electromagnetic wave through two-dimensional photonic crystals

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    Zhang, Xiang-Dong

    2006-12-01

    The negative refraction of electromagnetic waves in photonic crystals was recently demonstrated experimentally, and the physical properties were analyzed. Microsuperlenses based on two-dimensional photonic crystals were designed and the subwavelength images were observed. In this review, after providing a brief history of the research related to the above phenomena, we will summarize our research works in this field including the method of creating a negative refraction region, generating an absolute negative refraction, the focusing of unpolarized electromagnetic waves, and the effect of interface and disorder on the image by the two-dimensional photonic crystal flat lens. The discussion on the negative refraction and the focusing by high symmetric quasicrystals is also presented.

  5. Topological map of the Hofstadter butterfly: Fine structure of Chern numbers and Van Hove singularities

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    Naumis, Gerardo G.

    2016-04-01

    The Hofstadter butterfly is a quantum fractal with a highly complex nested set of gaps, where each gap represents a quantum Hall state whose quantized conductivity is characterized by topological invariants known as the Chern numbers. Here we obtain simple rules to determine the Chern numbers at all scales in the butterfly fractal and lay out a very detailed topological map of the butterfly by using a method used to describe quasicrystals: the cut and projection method. Our study reveals the existence of a set of critical points that separates orderly patterns of both positive and negative Cherns that appear as a fine structure in the butterfly. This fine structure can be understood as a small tilting of the projection subspace in the cut and projection method and by using a Chern meeting formula. Finally, we prove that the critical points are identified with the Van Hove singularities that exist at every band center in the butterfly landscape.

  6. From the Disordered State to the Frank-Kasper Sigma Phase: Readily Tuning the Phase Behavior of Block Polymers via Lithium Salt Addition

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    Irwin, Matthew; Hickey, Robert; Bates, Frank; Lodge, Timothy

    Sphere-forming block copolymers have long been known to assemble onto a body-centered cubic (BCC) lattice, but recent work has demonstrated that with the correct thermal treatments, more exotic morphologies such as dodecagonal quasicrystals or the Frank-Kasper sigma phase can be observed. In this presentation, we show that a similar variety of morphologies can be obtained by simply adding small amounts of lithium bis(trifluoromethane)sulfonimide (LiTFSI), which preferentially partitions into one of the domains. Using small-angle X-ray scattering, we have found that block copolymers, which are disordered when neat, can form spheres with liquid-like packing, BCC crystals, the Frank-Kasper sigma phase, or hexagonally close packed crystals upon increasing the salt loading. This work demonstrates a unique, alternative route to highly segregated sphere-forming block copolymers and examines the universality of the formation of these complex morphologies.

  7. Structural and magnetic properties of TiZrNi thin films prepared by magnetron sputtering and thermal annealing.

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    Shin, Hyemin; Choi, Soo-bin; Lee, Ik-jae; Yu, Chung-jong; Kim, Jae-yong

    2010-11-01

    Distinctive thin layers of TiZr and Ni were deposited by using a magnetron sputtering method and a thermal annealing was applied to discover metallic films of quasicrystals. After a heat treatment in vacuum, 70 nm thick deposited layers were well mixed with nominal compositions of 49.7, 29.3 and 21.0 for Ti, Zr and Ni, respectively, which is very close with the one forming a quasicrystalline phase. The magnetization values were significantly decreased from 0.286 to 0.142 emu/mm3 at 2000 Oe, after annealing, while a shape of magnetic hysteresis was maintained. It is believed that a different magnetic behavior after thermal annealing is due to the homogeneous mixing of atomic elements and possible existence of a metastable phase.

  8. Magnetic correlations in a periodic Anderson model with nonuniform conduction electron coordination

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    Hartman, N.; Chiu, W.-T.; Scalettar, R. T.

    2016-06-01

    The periodic Anderson model is widely studied to understand strong correlation physics and especially the competition of antiferromagnetism and singlet formation. In this paper we extend quantum Monte Carlo work on lattices with uniform numbers of neighbors to geometries in which the conduction electron sites can have variable coordination z . This situation is relevant both to recently discovered magnetic quasicrystals and also to magnetism in doped heavy fermion systems. Our key results are the presence of antiferromagnetic order at weak interorbital hybridization Vf d, and a delay in singlet formation to larger values of Vf d on sites with larger z . The staggered magnetization tends to be larger on sites with higher z , providing insight into the behavior to be expected in crown, dice, and CaVO lattices.

  9. Novel Kac-Moody-type affine extensions of non-crystallographic Coxeter groups

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    Dechant, Pierre-Philippe; Bœhm, Céline; Twarock, Reidun

    2012-07-01

    Motivated by recent results in mathematical virology, we present novel asymmetric {Z}[\\tau ]-integer-valued affine extensions of the non-crystallographic Coxeter groups H2, H3 and H4 derived in a Kac-Moody-type formalism. In particular, we show that the affine reflection planes which extend the Coxeter group H3 generate (twist) translations along two-, three- and five-fold axes of icosahedral symmetry, and we classify these translations in terms of the Fibonacci recursion relation applied to different start values. We thus provide an explanation of previous results concerning affine extensions of icosahedral symmetry in a Coxeter group context, and extend this analysis to the case of the non-crystallographic Coxeter groups H2 and H4. These results will enable new applications of group theory in physics (quasicrystals), biology (viruses) and chemistry (fullerenes).

  10. Changes in particle morphology during illitization: an experimental study

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    Whitney, G.; Velde, B.

    1993-01-01

    Smectite was reacted at several temperatures between 200??C and 500??C to produce interstratified illite/smectite (I/S) with different proportions of expandable layers. Dispersed and sedimented products were examined using a transmission electron microscope. Particle size and aspect ratio showed no systematic change as a function of reaction extent during RO illitization. However, particles exhibited rounded edges during the early stages of the reaction, suggesting some dissolution of primary smectite. The thickening of particles is thought to be produced by the nucleation and precipitation of secondary illite layers on primary smectite layers. In the most extensively reacted I/S, particles have become aggregated into clumps or quasicrystals by lateral growth of illite layers. In highly illitic I/S, these aggregates took on an overall euhedral form and became crystallographically contiguous, producing single crystal electron diffraction patterns. -from Authors

  11. Attempts to grow optically coupled Fibonacci-spaced InGaAs/GaAs quantum wells result in surface gratings.

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    Richards, B C; Hendrickson, J; Sweet, J; Khitrova, G; Litvinov, D; Gerthsen, D; Myer, B; Pau, S; Sarid, D; Wegener, M; Ivchenko, E L; Poddubny, A N; Gibbs, H M

    2008-12-22

    An instability in the growth of nonperiodic InGaAs/GaAs multiple quantum well samples, ordinarily of high-quality when grown with equal periods of order of half the wavelength of light in the material, leads to a dramatic microscopic, self-organized surface grating. This effect was discovered while growing quantum wells with two unequal barrier lengths arranged in a Fibonacci sequence to form an optical quasicrystal. A laser beam incident normal to the surface of the sample is diffracted into a propeller-shaped pattern. The sample surface has a distinctly cloudy appearance when viewed along one crystal axis but is mirror-like when the sample is rotated 90 degrees. The instability results in a five-fold increase in the absorption linewidth of the heavy-hole exciton transition. Atomic force microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and scanning electron microscopy were used to study the samples.

  12. Crystalline and quasicrystalline allotropes of Pb formed on the fivefold surface of icosahedral Ag-In-Yb

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    Sharma, H. R. Smerdon, J. A.; Nugent, P. J.; Ribeiro, A.; McGrath, R.; McLeod, I.; Dhanak, V. R.; Shimoda, M.; Tsai, A. P.

    2014-05-07

    Crystalline and quasicrystalline allotropes of Pb are formed by evaporation on the fivefold surface of the icosahedral (i) Ag-In-Yb quasicrystal under ultra-high vacuum. Lead grows in three dimensional quasicrystalline order and subsequently forms fivefold-twinned islands with the fcc(111) surface orientation atop of the quasicrystalline Pb. The islands exhibit specific heights (magic heights), possibly due to the confinement of electrons in the islands. We also study the adsorption behavior of C{sub 60} on the two allotropes of Pb. Scanning tunneling microcopy reveals that a high corrugation of the quasicrystalline Pb limits the diffusion of the C{sub 60} molecules and thus produces a disordered film, similar to adsorption behavior of the same molecules on the clean substrate surface. However, the sticking coefficient of C{sub 60} molecules atop the Pb islands approaches zero, regardless of the overall C{sub 60} coverage.

  13. Magnetic response of aperiodic wire networks based on Fibonacci distortions of square antidot lattices

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    Farmer, B.; Bhat, V. S.; Sklenar, J.; Teipel, E.; Woods, J.; Ketterson, J. B.; Hastings, J. T.; De Long, L. E.

    2015-05-01

    The static and dynamic magnetic responses of patterned ferromagnetic thin films are uniquely altered in the case of aperiodic patterns that retain long-range order (e.g., quasicrystals). We have fabricated permalloy wire networks based on periodic square antidot lattices (ADLs) distorted according to an aperiodic Fibonacci sequence applied to two lattice translations, d1 = 1618 nm and d2 = 1000 nm. The wire segment thickness is fixed at t = 25 nm, and the width W varies from 80 to 510 nm. We measured the DC magnetization between room temperature and 5 K. Room-temperature, narrow-band (9.7 GHz) ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) spectra were acquired for various directions of applied magnetic field. The DC magnetization curves exhibited pronounced step anomalies and plateaus that signal flux closure states. Although the Fibonacci distortion breaks the fourfold symmetry of a finite periodic square ADL, the FMR data exhibit fourfold rotational symmetry with respect to the applied DC magnetic field direction.

  14. Frustration and defects in non-periodic solids

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    Mosseri, Rémy; Sadoc, Jean-François

    2014-01-01

    Geometrical frustration arises whenever a local preferred configuration (lower energy for atomic systems, or best packing for hard spheres) cannot be propagated throughout space without defects. A general approach, using unfrustrated templates defined in curved space, have been previously applied to analyse a large number of cases like complex crystals, amorphous materials, liquid crystals, foams, and even biological organizations, with scales ranging from the atomic level up to macroscopic scales. In this paper, we discuss the close sphere packing problem, which has some relevance to the structural problem in amorphous metals, quasicrystals and some periodic complex metallic structures. The role of sets of disclination line defects is addressed, in particular with comparison with the major skeleton occurring in complex large-cell metals (Frank-Kasper phases). An interesting example of 12-fold symmetric quasiperiodic Frank-Kasper phase, and its disclination network, is also described.

  15. Devitrification of Mechanically Alloyed Zr-Ti-Nb-Cu-Ni-Al Glassy Powders Studied by Time-Resolved X-ray Diffraction

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    Scudino, S.; Sordelet, D.J.; Eckert, J.

    2009-04-13

    The crystallization of mechanically alloyed Zr{sub 67}Ti{sub 6.14}Nb{sub 1.92}Cu{sub 10.67}Ni{sub 8.52}Al{sub 5.75} glassy powder is investigated by time-resolved X-ray diffraction. The powder displays a multi-step crystallization behavior characterized by the formation of a metastable nanoscale quasicrystalline phase during the first stage of the crystallization process. At higher temperatures, coinciding with the second crystallization event, the amorphous-to-quasicrystalline transformation is followed by the precipitation of the tetragonal Zr{sub 2}Cu phase (space group I4/mmm) and the tetragonal Zr{sub 2}Ni phase (space group I4/mcm). The transformations are gradual and the quasicrystals and the subsequent phases coexist over a temperature interval of about 25K.

  16. Aperiodic Weak Topological Superconductors.

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    Fulga, I C; Pikulin, D I; Loring, T A

    2016-06-24

    Weak topological phases are usually described in terms of protection by the lattice translation symmetry. Their characterization explicitly relies on periodicity since weak invariants are expressed in terms of the momentum-space torus. We prove the compatibility of weak topological superconductors with aperiodic systems, such as quasicrystals. We go beyond usual descriptions of weak topological phases and introduce a novel, real-space formulation of the weak invariant, based on the Clifford pseudospectrum. A nontrivial value of this index implies a nontrivial bulk phase, which is robust against disorder and hosts localized zero-energy modes at the edge. Our recipe for determining the weak invariant is directly applicable to any finite-sized system, including disordered lattice models. This direct method enables a quantitative analysis of the level of disorder the topological protection can withstand. PMID:27391744

  17. Structure and hydrogen storage properties of the hexagonal Laves phase Sc(Al1-xNix)2

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    Sahlberg, Martin; Ångström, Jonas; Zlotea, Claudia; Beran, Premysl; Latroche, Michel; Pay Gómez, Cesar

    2012-12-01

    The crystal structures of hydrogenated and unhydrogenated Sc(Al1-xNix)2 Laves phases have been studied by combining several diffraction techniques and it is shown that hydrogen is situated interstitially in the A2B2-sites, which have the maximum number of scandium neighbours. The hydrogen absorption/desorption behaviour has also been investigated. It is shown that a solid solution of hydrogen forms in the mother compound. The hydrogen storage capacity exceeds 1.7 H/f.u. at 374 K, and the activation energy of hydrogen desorption was determined to 4.6 kJ/mol H2. It is shown that these compounds share the same local coordination as Frank-Kasper-type approximants and quasicrystals, which opens up the possibility of finding many new hydride phases with these types of crystal structures.

  18. New Algorithms For Automated Symmetry Recognition

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    Paul, Jody; Kilgore, Tammy Elaine; Klinger, Allen

    1988-02-01

    In this paper we present new methods for computer-based symmetry identification that combine elements of group theory and pattern recognition. Detection of symmetry has diverse applications including: the reduction of image data to a manageable subset with minimal information loss, the interpretation of sensor data,1 such as the x-ray diffraction patterns which sparked the recent discovery of a new "quasicrystal" phase of solid matter,2 and music analysis and composition.3,4,5 Our algorithms are expressed as parallel operations on the data using the matrix representation and manipulation features of the APL programming language. We demonstrate the operation of programs that characterize symmetric and nearly-symmetric patterns by determining the degree of invariance with respect to candidate symmetry transformations. The results are completely general; they may be applied to pattern data of arbitrary dimension and from any source.

  19. Superconductivity of Au-Ge-Yb Approximants with Tsai-Type Clusters

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    Deguchi, Kazuhiko; Nakayama, Mika; Matsukawa, Shuya; Imura, Keiichiro; Tanaka, Katsumasa; Ishimasa, Tsutomu; Sato, Noriaki K.

    2015-02-01

    We report the emergence of bulk superconductivity in Au64.0Ge22.0Yb14.0 and Au63.5Ge20.5Yb16.0 below 0.68 and 0.36 K, respectively. This is the first observation of superconductivity in Tsai-type crystalline approximants of quasicrystals. The Tsai-type cluster center is occupied by Au and Ge ions in the former approximant, and by an Yb ion in the latter. For magnetism, the latter system shows a larger magnetization than the former. To explain this observation, we propose a model that the cluster-center Yb ion is magnetic. The relationship between the magnetism and the superconductivity is also discussed.

  20. Periodically distributed objects with quasicrystalline diffraction pattern

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    Wolny, Janusz Strzalka, Radoslaw; Kuczera, Pawel

    2015-03-30

    It is possible to construct fully periodically distributed objects with a diffraction pattern identical to the one obtained for quasicrystals. These objects are probability distributions of distances obtained in the statistical approach to aperiodic structures distributed periodically. The diffraction patterns have been derived by using a two-mode Fourier transform—a very powerful method not used in classical crystallography. It is shown that if scaling is present in the structure, this two-mode Fourier transform can be reduced to a regular Fourier transform with appropriately rescaled scattering vectors and added phases. Detailed case studies for model sets 1D Fibonacci chain and 2D Penrose tiling are discussed. Finally, it is shown that crystalline, quasicrystalline, and approximant structures can be treated in the same way.

  1. Processing and synthesis of multi-metallic nano oxide ceramics via liquid-feed flame spray pyrolysis

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    Azurdia, Jose Antonio

    -Cu) known for their catalytic properties. These materials then serve as baseline studies for ternary systems, such as Al:(Ni-Co)O, or Al(Ni-Cu)O likely to offer superior catalytic properties because of the relatively high SSA Al2O3. The final chapter returns to photonic materials, in the MgO-Y2O 3 system targeting transparent ceramics through select compositions along the tie-line. The work presented here builds on the MgAl2O 4 spinel material and continues to develop the processing techniques required to achieve transparent nano-grained ceramic materials. Thus the overall goal of this dissertation was to systematically produce novel nano-oxide materials and characterized their material properties. The first chapters focus on solid solutions at low Ni or Co amounts that form phase pure spinels outside the expected composition range, at 21-22 mol % NiO and CoO. Additionally, (NiO)0.22(Al2O3) 0.78 was found to be very stable, as it did not convert to alpha-Al 2O3 plus cubic-NiO on heating to 1200°C for 10 h. The last chapter is a preliminary step toward identifying optimal Y 2O3-MgO powders that can be transparent ceramics. Ball milling led to much higher adsorption of surface species. Preliminary sintering studies of the this system showed that vacuum has the largest effect on lowering the temperature of maximum shrinkage rate by ≤ 80°C.

  2. Geochemical Proxies as an Effective Tool for Determining Depositional Environments for Burgess Shale-Type Fossil Localities

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    Powell, W.; Handle, K.

    2012-04-01

    A variety of models have been presented to account for the arrest of decay processes in Burgess Shale-type (BST) fossil beds. These models include sustained anoxia, fluctuating oxyclines, and hypersaline brines. Despite being questioned in the published literature, patterns in redox-sensitive metals may differentiate between these chemical environments of deposition. Accordingly, the redox indices V versus Al, V/Sc, Ni/Al, Ni/Co, and Mo were applied to two well-documented North American BST localities: 1) the Wheeler Formation (Utah, USA) with palaeontological characteristics indicating deposition within a fluctuating oxycline; and 2) the Burgess Shale (British Columbia, Canada) with field evidence indicating an association of fossil deposits with hypersaline brine pools. In addition, the chemical characteristics of the Kinzers Formation (Pennsylvania, USA), a BST fossil locality in which details of depositional environment are unclear due to limited outcrop exposure, were compared to those of the Wheeler and Burgess Shale formations. A set of eighty-four Wheeler Shale samples yielded a range of Ni/Co values from 0.6 to 10.5, and V/Sc values up to 27.9. Barren shales cluster along the line that defines the lithogenic maximum for V, whereas fossiliferous samples yielded a scattered distribution of V versus Al values above the lithogenic maximum. Molybdenum content was <1ppm in all Wheeler Shale samples. These data are consistent with deposition under a range of redox conditions, with fossils (both BST and trilobites) correlating with low-oxygen environments. In contrast, a set of 53 samples from the Burgess Shale and associated units yielded a restricted range of both Ni/Co (<6.3; all but two <5.0), and V/Sc (<7.2). Vanadium values correlate with aluminum. Molybdenum content is below the 2ppm detection limit in all but two samples (2 and 3 ppm). Geochemical signatures for barren, trilobite-bearing, and soft-bodied-fossil-bearing samples are indistinguishable. These

  3. Microbial diversity and biogeochemistry in glacier forefields: assessment of ecological stability in high alpine environments

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    Meola, M.; Lazzaro, A.; Zeyer, J.

    2012-04-01

    Microbial communities inhabiting recently deglaciated, unvegetated, high alpine soils (e.g. glacier forefields) need to be adapted to fluctuating environmental conditions, such as strong daily and seasonal humidity and temperature variations. Soil-related characteristics (e.g. oligotrophy, pH, water holding capacity, nutrient concentration) may in addition determine the presence of locally adapted microbial communities. Currently little is known on the ecological stability (resistance and resilience) of such an environment. In this project, we aim at understanding ecological stability of microbial communities of alpine glacier forefields through a reciprocal soil transplantation experiment. The study consists in i) determining bacterial phylotypes that may respond to environmental changes and ii) relating biological, chemical and physical data to observed microbial responses. We selected two different glacier forefields located in the Swiss Alps (approximately at 2500 m.a.s.l.) The Griessen forefield (Canton Obwalden) is characterized by a calcareous bedrock, while the Tiefen forefield (Canton Uri) is of siliceous composition. The sites are well characterized in terms of their geography (e.g. exposure, slope) and climatic fluctuations (Lazzaro et al. 2009, Lazzaro et al. 2011). At each site, we incubated stainless steel pots with four different soil treatments (autochthonous untreated, autochthonous sterilized, allochthonous untreated and allochthonous sterilized). The setup was repeated in quadruplicate. Soil temperature and soil moisture at 10 cm depth were measured every hour by Decagon EM 50 sensors (Decagon Devices Inc.). In July (D0), August (D1) and September (D2) 2011, soil aliquots were sampled from the pots for analysis. We plan to further extend the sampling for at least three snow-free seasons (2011-2013). Chemical analysis of the soil encompassed soluble ions, pH and DOC. Bacterial community analysis included microbial biomass (DAPI cell counts), basal

  4. In-Situ Measurement of Vertical Bypass Flow Using a Drain Gauge

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    Payne, W. L.; Brooks, E. S.; Sanchez-Murillo, R.

    2012-12-01

    With widespread technological advances in precision fertilizer application in agricultural production there is an increasing need to better understand the subsurface transport and vertical leaching of nitrate fertilizers. Optimizing fertilizer application reduces cost to the grower and improves downstream water supplies. In-situ measurement of nitrate flux is difficult and expensive. In this experiment nitrate transport was measured using a passive capillary drain gauge developed by Decagon Devices in Pullman, WA. The drain gauge measures water flux from a 30 cm diameter soil core 60 cm in length. In this study the drain gauge was installed 0.9 m to 1.5 m below the soil surface in a no-till field in cereal grain production. A potassium bromide tracer was applied using a rainfall simulator over a 5 day period to the drain gage roughly one year following installation of the drain gauge and approximately 3 months after being seeded to spring wheat. Bromide tracer movement was compared to measurements of stable oxygen/hydrogen isotopes, and nitrate in the leachate and from soil water extracted within the soil profile using suction lysimeters. Significant preferential flow occurred during the experiment. Vertical leaching initiated at the 1.5 m depth at a time when the wetting front had just reached the 0.3 cm depth. By the time the wetting front had reached a 1.5 m depth, 18 kg/ha of nitrogen fertilizer had leached beyond the root zone. Once the wetting front reached 1.5 m bromide and stable isotope data indicated that 60% of the total flow occurred through macropore flow. Stable isotope measurements responded similarly to the electrical conductivity and nitrate measurements suggesting their potential use as a groundwater tracer. The nitrate leaching observed in the drain gauge would not have been accounted for if soil moisture measurements alone were used to indicate potential nitrate transport.

  5. How well can calibrated Thornthwaite Mather models predict the variability in soil moisture observed in green infrastructure facilities?

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    Yu, Z.; Digiovanni, K. A.; Montalto, F. A.

    2010-12-01

    Soil moisture patterns influence hydrologic fluxes (infiltration/percolation, evapotranspiration, runoff) as well the biogeochemical processes (nutrient transformations, redox potential, etc), and ecosystem functions and services that depend on them. A new generation of urban water management practices (e.g. green infrastructure technologies) alter soil moisture patterns in potentially dramatic ways, for example by retrofitting soil media into and onto formerly impervious surfaces, and/or by routing impervious surface runoff to vegetated areas. However, the hydrologic models typically used to predict the impact of these new practices rarely track the soil moisture state. In this study, we use the Thornthwaite Mather (T/M) approach to simulate the variability in soil moisture observed in green roofs and urban tree pits. Soil moisture was monitored continuously at hourly time steps using Decagon soil moisture probes installed at three different depths in a green roof (for six months) and in a tree pit (for two months). Tipping bucket precipitation gages were also installed on each site. T/M models were constructed for each system, and calibrated separately to each of three different weeks of observations by adjusting the porosity, field capacity, and wilting point, as well as the mathmatical form of the soil moisture decay function until the lowest possible standard error was achieved. We present the variability in the best fit hydrologic properties derived from the three separate calibration exercises for each system. We then use the models to generate soil moisture time series over the entire periods of observation, and use this validation exercise to discuss the potential usefullness of the T/M approach in urban green infrastructure studies.

  6. Field calibrations of soil moisture sensors in a forested watershed.

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    Abbas, Farhat; Fares, Ali; Fares, Samira

    2011-01-01

    Spatially variable soil properties influence the performance of soil water content monitoring sensors. The objectives of this research were to: (i) study the spatial variability of bulk density (ρ(b)), total porosity (θ(t)), clay content (CC), electrical conductivity (EC), and pH in the upper Mākaha Valley watershed soils; (ii) explore the effect of variations in ρ(b) and θ(t) on soil water content dynamics, and (iii) establish field calibration equations for EC-20 (Decagon Devices, Inc), ML2x (Delta-T-Devices), and SM200 (Delta-T-Devices) sensors to mitigate the effect of soil spatial variability on their performance. The studied soil properties except pH varied significantly (P < 0.05) across the soil water content monitoring depths (20 and 80 cm) and six locations. There was a linear positive and a linear inverse correlation between the soil water content at sampling and ρ(b), and between the soil water content at sampling and θ(t), respectively. Values of laboratory measured actual θ(t) correlated (r = 0.75) with those estimated from the relationship θ(t) = 1 - ρ(b)/ρ(s), where ρ(s) is the particle density. Variations in the studied soil properties affected the performance of the default equations of the three tested sensors; they showed substantial under-estimations of the actual water content. The individual and the watershed-scale field calibrations were more accurate than their corresponding default calibrations. In conclusion, the sensors used in this study need site-specific calibrations in order to mitigate the effects of varying properties of the highly weathered tropical soils.

  7. Evaluation of Two Soil Water Redistribution Models (Finite Difference and Hourly Cascade Approach) Through The Comparison of Continuous field Sensor-Based Measurements

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    Ferreyra, R.; Stockle, C. O.; Huggins, D. R.

    2014-12-01

    following a controlled water application where the study areas were isolated from other water inputs and outputs. We will also report on the assessment of two soil water sensors (Decagon Devices 5TM capacitance probe and UMS T4 tensiometers) for the two soil textural classes in terms of consistency and replicability.

  8. Monitoring seasonal and diurnal changes in photosynthetic pigments with automated PRI and NDVI sensors

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    Gamon, J. A.; Kovalchuck, O.; Wong, C. Y. S.; Harris, A.; Garrity, S. R.

    2015-07-01

    The vegetation indices normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) and photochemical reflectance index (PRI) provide indicators of pigmentation and photosynthetic activity that can be used to model photosynthesis from remote sensing with the light-use-efficiency model. To help develop and validate this approach, reliable proximal NDVI and PRI sensors have been needed. We tested new NDVI and PRI sensors, "spectral reflectance sensors" (SRS sensors; recently developed by Decagon Devices, during spring activation of photosynthetic activity in evergreen and deciduous stands. We also evaluated two methods of sensor cross-calibration - one that considered sky conditions (cloud cover) at midday only, and another that also considered diurnal sun angle effects. Cross-calibration clearly affected sensor agreement with independent measurements, with the best method dependent upon the study aim and time frame (seasonal vs. diurnal). The seasonal patterns of NDVI and PRI differed for evergreen and deciduous species, demonstrating the complementary nature of these two indices. Over the spring season, PRI was most strongly influenced by changing chlorophyll : carotenoid pool sizes, while over the diurnal timescale, PRI was most affected by the xanthophyll cycle epoxidation state. This finding demonstrates that the SRS PRI sensors can resolve different processes affecting PRI over different timescales. The advent of small, inexpensive, automated PRI and NDVI sensors offers new ways to explore environmental and physiological constraints on photosynthesis, and may be particularly well suited for use at flux tower sites. Wider application of automated sensors could lead to improved integration of flux and remote sensing approaches for studying photosynthetic carbon uptake, and could help define the concept of contrasting vegetation optical types.

  9. Monitoring seasonal and diurnal changes in photosynthetic pigments with automated PRI and NDVI sensors

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    Gamon, J. A.; Kovalchuk, O.; Wong, C. Y. S.; Harris, A.; Garrity, S. R.

    2015-02-01

    The vegetation indices normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) and photochemical reflectance index (PRI) provide indicators of pigmentation and photosynthetic activity that can be used to model photosynthesis from remote sensing with the light-use efficiency model. To help develop and validate this approach, reliable proximal NDVI and PRI sensors have been needed. We tested new NDVI and PRI sensors, "SRS" sensors recently developed by Decagon Devices, during spring activation of photosynthetic activity in evergreen and deciduous stands. We also evaluated two methods of sensor cross-calibration, one that considered sky conditions (cloud cover) at midday only, and the other that also considered diurnal sun angle effects. Cross-calibration clearly affected sensor agreement with independent measurements, with the best method dependent upon the study aim and time frame (seasonal vs. diurnal). The seasonal patterns of NDVI and PRI differed for evergreen and deciduous species, demonstrating the complementary nature of these two indices. Over the spring season, PRI was most strongly influenced by changing chlorophyll : carotenoid pool sizes, while over the diurnal time scale PRI was most affected by the xanthophyll cycle epoxidation state. This finding demonstrates that the SRS PRI sensors can resolve different processes affecting PRI over different time scales. The advent of small, inexpensive, automated PRI and NDVI sensors offers new ways to explore environmental and physiological constraints on photosynthesis, and may be particularly well-suited for use at flux tower sites. Wider application of automated sensors could lead to improved integration of flux and remote sensing approaches to studying photosynthetic carbon uptake, and could help define the concept of contrasting vegetation optical types.

  10. Effects of substrate properties on the hydraulic and thermal behavior of a green roof

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    Sandoval, V. P.; Suarez, F. I.; Victorero, F.; Bonilla, C.; Gironas, J. A.; Vera, S.; Bustamante, W.; Rojas, V.; Pasten, P.

    2014-12-01

    Green roofs are a sustainable urban development solution that incorporates a growing media (also known as substrate) and vegetation into infrastructures to reach additional benefits such as the reduction of: rooftop runoff peak flows, roof surface temperatures, energy utilized for cooling/heating buildings, and the heat island effect. The substrate is a key component of the green roof that allows achieving these benefits. It is an artificial soil that has an improved behavior compared to natural soils, facilitating vegetation growth, water storage and typically with smaller densities to reduce the loads over the structures. Therefore, it is important to study the effects of substrate properties on green roof performance. The objective of this study is to investigate the physical properties of four substrates designed to improve the behavior of a green roof, and to study their impact on the efficiency of a green roof. The substrates that were investigated are: organic soil; crushed bricks; a mixture of mineral soil with perlite; and a mixture of crushed bricks and organic soil. The thermal properties (thermal conductivity, volumetric heat capacity and thermal diffusivity) were measured using a dual needle probe (Decagon Devices, Inc.) at different saturation levels, and the hydraulic properties were measured with a constant head permeameter (hydraulic conductivity) and a pressure plate extractor (water retention curve). This characterization, combined with numerical models, allows understanding the effect of these properties on the hydraulic and thermal behavior of a green roof. Results show that substrates composed by crushed bricks improve the thermal insulation of infrastructures and at the same time, retain more water in their pores. Simulation results also show that the hydraulic and thermal behavior of a green roof strongly depends on the moisture content prior to a rainstorm.

  11. Optimizing the decomposition of soil moisture time-series data using genetic algorithms

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    Kulkarni, C.; Mengshoel, O. J.; Basak, A.; Schmidt, K. M.

    2015-12-01

    The task of determining near-surface volumetric water content (VWC), using commonly available dielectric sensors (based upon capacitance or frequency domain technology), is made challenging due to the presence of "noise" such as temperature-driven diurnal variations in the recorded data. We analyzed a post-wildfire rainfall and runoff monitoring dataset for hazard studies in Southern California. VWC was measured with EC-5 sensors manufactured by Decagon Devices. Many traditional signal smoothing techniques such as moving averages, splines, and Loess smoothing exist. Unfortunately, when applied to our post-wildfire dataset, these techniques diminish maxima, introduce time shifts, and diminish signal details. A promising seasonal trend-decomposition procedure based on Loess (STL) decomposes VWC time series into trend, seasonality, and remainder components. Unfortunately, STL with its default parameters produces similar results as previously mentioned smoothing methods. We propose a novel method to optimize seasonal decomposition using STL with genetic algorithms. This method successfully reduces "noise" including diurnal variations while preserving maxima, minima, and signal detail. Better decomposition results for the post-wildfire VWC dataset were achieved by optimizing STL's control parameters using genetic algorithms. The genetic algorithms minimize an additive objective function with three weighted terms: (i) root mean squared error (RMSE) of straight line relative to STL trend line; (ii) range of STL remainder; and (iii) variance of STL remainder. Our optimized STL method, combining trend and remainder, provides an improved representation of signal details by preserving maxima and minima as compared to the traditional smoothing techniques for the post-wildfire rainfall and runoff monitoring data. This method identifies short- and long-term VWC seasonality and provides trend and remainder data suitable for forecasting VWC in response to precipitation.

  12. Assessment of capacity sensors for monitoring soil water content in ecological orchards

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    Patrícia Prazeres Marques, Karina; Horcajo, Daniel; Rodriguez-Sinobas, Leonor

    2014-05-01

    Water is an important element for soil tillage and crop development. Its proper management is essential for the development of plants, by preventing excess or shortage in water application. Soil water content is affected by the soil-water-plant system and its monitoring is a required within a sustainable agriculture framework respectful with the natural environment. Thus, the aim of this study was to evaluate the performance of capacitive sensors in monitoring soil moisture from organic orchards. An experimental text was carried out at the Hydraulics Laboratory of the Agricultural Engineering School in the Polytechnic University of Madrid (Spain). Soil samples were collected within the 0-20 cm depth layers from the university organic orchard. The samples were air dried and subsequently sieved in a 2 mm mesh sieve, removing roots and coarse fractions and keeping the fine soil. The amount of fine soil was calculated from the soil density and the soil samples were compacted to obtain the relative volume that corresponded to their density. The measurements were carried out in dry and in saturated soil and, also in samples where soil was stirring with: 150 cm³, 300 cm³ and 450 cm³ of water. A 1890 ml container was used to hold the fine soil and the soil moisture sensor ECH2O, type 10 HS (Decagon Devices, Inc.) was placed horizontally at 5 cm depth. Soil water readings were recorded on a datalogger Em5b from the same manufacturer. The results showed that the capacitive sensor has a linear response to soil moisture content. Its value was overestimated in comparison to the volumetric values and the largest errors (about 8%) were observed in the soils with high moisture contents. Overall, these results point out that the ECH2O sensor, model 10 HS, could determine with sufficient accuracy the volumetric soil water content from organic orchards although it could be further improved by "in situ" calibration.

  13. Infiltration and water storage in forest soils at the plot and the micro- catchment scale

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    Stimm, Eva-Maria; Lange, Benjamin; Lüscher, Peter; Germann, Peter; Weingartner, Rolf

    2010-05-01

    Tree roots generate and conserve hydrologically active macropores. We explored the influence of root density on infiltration and water storage at six 1-m2 plots along an 8-m transect between two mature trees (spruce). The soil is a Flysch-based stagnic Cambisol with a flow-impeding horizon at a depth of about 60 cm. At a plot the experimental set up consisted of a 1m x 1m sprinkler and five Decagon HS-10 soil-moisture probes that were horizontally mounted from a trench into the centre of each horizon. We irrigated each plot three times at 24-hour intervals during one hour with a rate of 70 mm h-1. Data logging was at 60-seconds intervals that produced time series of water contents due to irrigation and drainage. After irrigation, soil cores of 10 cm diameter were sampled. Roots were extracted from the cores and their densities were optically analysed with the program "whinRIZO". The application of a rivulet approach to the time series of water contents produced the thickness F (μm) and the specific contact length L (m m-2) per cross-sectional area of the water films that represent Stokes-flow. The procedure leads to estimates of storage capacity and hydraulic connectivity in the vertical and lateral directions along the transect. Extrapolation from the transect to the micro-catchment scale is based on maps showing the spatial arrangements of trees, shrubs and soil properties like thickness and hydrological parameters of horizons.

  14. Vadose-zone monitoring strategy to evaluate desalted groundwater effects on hydraulic properties

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    Valdes-Abellan, J.; Candela, L.; Jiménez-Martínez, J.

    2012-04-01

    Desalinated brackish groundwater is becoming a new source of water supply to comply with growing water demands, especially in (semi) arid countries. Irrigation with desalinated or a blend of desalinated and ground/surface water, presents associated impacts on plants, soil and aquifer media. Mixed waters with different salinities can lead to the formation of unexpected chemical precipitates. The use of desalted groundwater for irrigation counts with potential drawbacks, among them: changes of hydraulic properties of soil-aquifer systems (e.g. hydraulic conductivity, porosity) as a consequence of mineral precipitation; root growth blockage and plant uptake of pollutants; as well as leaching of contaminants to groundwater. An experimental plot located at SE Spain, covered by grass and irrigated by sprinklers with a blend of desalted and groundwater from a brackish aquifer, has been monitored in order to characterize at field scale the possible impacts on soil hydraulic properties. The monitoring strategy to control water and heat flux includes traditional and more updated devices. The field instrumentation, vertically installed from the ground surface and spatially distributed, consisted of: ten tensiometers (Soilmoisture Equipment Corp, Goleta, CA, USA) at different depths (two per depth); and, two access tubes (fiber glass, 44mm diameter 2m length) for soil moisture measurements from TRIME-FM TDR probe (Imko GmbH, Ettlingen, Germany). Automatic logging is carried out from a trench located in the border of the experimental plot and it takes in: a set of five 5TE devices (Decagon Devices Inc, Pullman, WA, USA) vertically installed, which measure volumetric water content, electric conductivity and temperature; and additionally, a suction sensor at 0.6m depth. Finally, a periodic sampling of undisturbed soil cores (2m length) takes place for the purpose of imaging porosity changes from environmental scanning electron microscope (ESEM). First results about water and heat

  15. Spark plasma sintering of Al-Si-Cu-Fe quasi-crystalline powder

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    Fleury, E.; Lee, J. H.; Kim, S. H.; Kim, W. T.; Kim, J. S.; Kim, D. H.

    2003-03-01

    This article presents the results of a study on the microstructure and mechanical properties of Al-Si-Cu-Fe specimens produced by the spark plasma sintering (SPS) technique. The microstructure of the starting powder and bulk specimens was analyzed by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The formation of the icosahedral and decagonal quasi-crystalline phases in the as-gas-atomized powders is described for the first time. It is then shown that these metastable phases transformed into the 1/1 cubicapproximant phase upon heating at about 600°C. Second, the effects of SPS process parameters such as the temperature and time have been investigated. Owing to the generation of a spark discharge neighboring powder particles, dense cylindrical samples were obtained after a short sintering time of 30 minutes at the temperature of 650°C. The highest values of the Vickers microhardness, about 8.9 GPa, were obtained when the powders were sintered in the temperature range of 600°C to 650°C for a holding time of 30 minutes, while the fracture toughness was found to be inversely proportional to the sintering temperature. However, at the sintering temperature of 650°C, the fracture toughness increased from about 1.40 to 1.52 MPa √m as the holding time increased from 10 to 60 minutes. As compared to cast specimens, the enhanced mechanical properties are explained by the refined microstructure resulting from the low temperature and short sintering time applied during SPS processing

  16. Unique atom hyper-kagome order in Na4Ir3O8 and in low-symmetry spinel modifications.

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    Talanov, V M; Shirokov, V B; Talanov, M V

    2015-05-01

    Group-theoretical and thermodynamic methods of the Landau theory of phase transitions are used to investigate the hyper-kagome atomic order in structures of ordered spinels and a spinel-like Na4Ir3O8 crystal. The formation of an atom hyper-kagome sublattice in Na4Ir3O8 is described theoretically on the basis of the archetype (hypothetical parent structure/phase) concept. The archetype structure of Na4Ir3O8 has a spinel-like structure (space group Fd\\bar 3m) and composition [Na1/2Ir3/2](16d)[Na3/2](16c)O(32e)4. The critical order parameter which induces hypothetical phase transition has been stated. It is shown that the derived structure of Na4Ir3O8 is formed as a result of the displacements of Na, Ir and O atoms, and ordering of Na, Ir and O atoms, ordering dxy, dxz, dyz orbitals as well. Ordering of all atoms takes place according to the type 1:3. Ir and Na atoms form an intriguing atom order: a network of corner-shared Ir triangles called a hyper-kagome lattice. The Ir atoms form nanoclusters which are named decagons. The existence of hyper-kagome lattices in six types of ordered spinel structures is predicted theoretically. The structure mechanisms of the formation of the predicted hyper-kagome atom order in some ordered spinel phases are established. For a number of cases typical diagrams of possible crystal phase states are built in the framework of the Landau theory of phase transitions. Thermodynamical conditions of hyper-kagome order formation are discussed by means of these diagrams. The proposed theory is in accordance with experimental data.

  17. Pool boiling heat transfer of water/ γ-alumina micro-fluids around the horizontal cylinder

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    Nikkhah, V.; Hormozi, F.

    2016-04-01

    A set of experiments was performed to quantify the pool boiling heat transfer coefficient of water/ γ-alumina micro-fluids at mass concentration ranged from 0.1 to 0.4 % of micro-particles with mean size of 1-2 μm. To stabilize the prepared micro-fluid, pH control, stirring and adding the SDS as a surfactant were carried out. Also, thermal conductivity of micro-fluids are measured using KD2 decagon pro. Results showed that micro-fluids have relatively higher thermal conductivity rather than the base fluids. According to the results, there are two distinguishable heat transfer regions namely natural convection and nucleate boiling regions. Influence of some operating parameters such as heat flux, mass concentration of micro-particles and surface fouling resistance on the pool boiling heat transfer coefficient were experimentally studied and briefly discussed. Results demonstrated a significant deterioration of heat transfer coefficient of micro-fluids in comparison with the base fluid over the extended time (1000 min of operation) in nucleate boiling region, while in natural convection region, enhancement of heat transfer coefficient is registered. According to the results, heat transfer coefficient is strongly controlled by/ γ-alumina concentration due to the deposition of micro-particles on the heating section. Rectilinear changes of scale formation with time in term of fouling resistance were clearly seen at regions, where natural convection is a dominant heat transfer mechanism and also for higher heat fluxes at nucleate boiling heat transfer region.

  18. PREFACE: 6th International Conference on Aperiodic Crystals (APERIODIC'09)

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    Grimm, Uwe; McGrath, Rónán; Degtyareva, Olga; Sharma, Hem Raj

    2010-04-01

    Aperiodic Logo Aperiodic'09, the sixth International Conference on Aperiodic Crystals, took place in Liverpool 13-18 September 2009. It was the first major conference in this interdisciplinary research field held in the UK. The conference, which was organised under the auspices of the Commission on Aperiodic Crystals of the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr), followed on from Aperiodic'94 (Les Diablerets, Switzerland), Aperiodic'97 (Alpe d'Huez, France), Aperiodic'2000 (Nijmegen, The Netherlands), Aperiodic'03 (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) and Aperiodic'06 (Zao, Japan). The next conference in the series will take place in Australia in 2012. The Aperiodic conference series is itself the successor to a series of Conferences on Modulated Structures, Polytypes and Quasicrystals (MOSPOQ), which were held in Marseilles (France) in 1984, Wroclaw (Poland) in 1986, Varanasi (India) in 1988 and Balatonszeplak (Hungary) in 1991. The remit of the conference covers two broad areas of research on aperiodic crystals, incommensurately modulated and composite crystals on the one hand, and quasicrystals on the other hand, sharing the property that they are aperiodically ordered solids. In addition, the conference also featured recent research on complex metal alloys, which are in fact periodically ordered solids. However, the term complex refers to their large unit cells, which may contain thousands of atoms, and as a consequence complex metal alloys share some of the properties of quasicrystalline solids. Aperiodic'09 attracted about 110 participants from across the world, including 20 UK-based scientists (the second largest group after Japan who sent 21 delegates). A particular feature of the conference series is its interdisciplinary character, and once again the range of disciplines of participants included mathematics, physics, crystallography and materials science. The programme started with three tutorial lectures on Sunday afternoon, presenting introductory overviews

  19. Inverse problems in statistical mechanics and photonics

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    Rechtsman, Mikael C.

    component phases. In the process, we show that attenuation due to elastic scattering in a lossless dielectric medium in the long-wavelength regime is closely related to the coarseness of the composite. In the final inverse problem, we find quasiperiodic dielectric patterns that have maximal photonic bandgaps, for a number of different crystallographically forbidden rotational symmetries. The structures have the largest known gaps for quasicrystals in two dimensions, and were derived using a novel optimization routine that we present here. Quasicrystals are ideal structures for producing full photonic bandgaps since their high rotational symmetries give rise to a more isotropic band structure.

  20. Solidification studies of nanocrystalline and quasicrystalline materials from the undercooled state

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    Croat, Thomas Kevin

    2001-07-01

    Nanocrystallization occurring during metallic glass devitrification is studied in Zr-Al-Ni-Cu bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) and Al-RE-TM (RE = rare-earth, TM = transition metal) metallic glasses. The importance of transient nucleation in BMG devitrification was established by a direct transmission electron microscopy (TEM) measurement of the grain density in two-stage annealed samples. TEM examination of low temperature annealed BMGs also suggest that amorphous phase separation is occurring prior to crystallization. Nanocrystallization of rapidly quenched Al-RE-Ni glasses was preceded by the compositional segregation of the initially homogeneous glass into Al-rich and solute-rich regions (mainly nickel-enriched) on a ≈50--100 nm length scale, suggesting amorphous phase separation. This pre-existing compositional modulation on a nanometer scale leads naturally to the development of nanocrystals. The average rare earth radius (rRE) in Al-RE-Ni alloys was altered by co-substitution of chemically similar rare earth elements. In glasses with smaller r RE, nucleation of alpha-Al occurred preferentially near the boundaries of the phase-separated regions. However, phase separation did not universally lead to alpha-Al nanocrystallization; glasses with larger rRE crystallized to metastable intermetallic phases with a 50--100 nm grain size. Kinetic analysis of the alpha-Al crystallization was performed using isothermal DSC, yielding abnormally low Avrami exponents (n = 1.0--1.5); these values were found to be consistent with the observed transformation using a model that considers the overlapping diffusion fields of the alpha-Al grains during growth within the phase separated region. Containerless solidification experiments on Ti-based quasicrystal-forming alloys have been performed using various techniques, including drop-tube solidification, electromagnetic levitation (EML) and electrostatic levitation (ESL). In Ti-Fe-Si-O, the alpha-1/1 quasicrystal approximant phase is

  1. Structural study of supercooled liquids and metallic glasses by high-energy x-ray diffraction and reverse Monte Carlo simulation

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    Kim, Tae Ho

    2007-12-01

    constant below the Tg. The local structures of Ti-Zr-Ni liquids that form quasicrystal phases and TiFeSiO liquids that form crystal approximant phases were studied as a function of supercooling. This study found similarities between the supercooled liquid and quasicrystal structures in Ti-Zr-Ni and the liquid and approximant structures in TiFeSiO.

  2. Aperiodic Volume Optics

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    Gerke, Tim D.

    Presented in this thesis is an investigation into aperiodic volume optical devices. The three main topics of research and discussion are the aperiodic volume optical devices that we call computer-generated volume holograms (CGVH), defects within periodic 3D photonic crystals, and non-periodic, but ordered 3D quasicrystals. The first of these devices, CGVHs, are designed and investigated numerically and experimentally. We study the performance of multi-layered amplitude computer-generated volume holograms in terms of efficiency and angular/frequency selectivity. Simulation results show that such aperiodic devices can increase diffraction efficiency relative to periodic amplitude volume holograms while maintaining angular and wavelength selectivity. CGVHs are also designed as voxelated volumes using a new projection optimization algorithm. They are investigated using a volumetric diffraction simulation and a standard 3D beam propagation technique as well as experimentally. Both simulation and experiment verify that the structures function according to their design. These represent the first diffractive structures that have the capacity for generating arbitrary transmission and reflection wave fronts and that provide the ability for multiplexing arbitrary functionality given different illumination conditions. Also investigated and discussed in this thesis are 3D photonic crystals and quasicrystals. We demonstrate that these devices can be fabricated using a femtosecond laser direct writing system that is particularly appropriate for fabrication of such arbitrary 3D structures. We also show that these devices can provide 3D partial bandgaps which could become complete bandgaps if fabricated using high index materials or by coating lower index materials with high index metals. Our fabrication method is particularly suited to the fabrication of engineered defects within the periodic or quasi-periodic systems. We demonstrate the potential for fabricating defects within

  3. Liquid crystal gratings from nematic to blue phase

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    Lu, Yan-qing; Hu, Wei; Lin, Xiao-wen; Srivastava, Abhishek; Chigrinov, Vladimir G.

    2012-10-01

    Some of our recent progress on liquid crystal (LC) gratings, from nematic to blue phase, is reviewed in this invited talk. The first kind of grating is fabricated by periodically adjusting the LC directors to form alternate micro phase retarders and polarization rotators in a cell placed between crossed polarizers. The second one is demonstrated by means of photoalignment technique with alternate orthogonal homogeneously-aligned domains. To improve the response time of the gratings, several approaches are also proposed by using dual-frequency addressed nematic LC, ferroelectric LC and blue phase LC, which shows great performance including high transmittance, polarization independency and submillisecond response. At last, to obtain other controllable LC microstructures rather than simple 1D/2D gratings, we develop a micro-lithography system with a digital micro-mirror device as dynamic mask forms. It may instantly generate arbitrary micro-images on photoalignment layers and further guides the LC molecule orientations. Besides normal phase gratings, more complex patterns such as quasicrystal structures are demonstrated. Some new applications such as tunable multiport optical switching and vector beam generations are expected.

  4. Alloy with metallic glass and quasi-crystalline properties

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    Xing, Li-Qian; Hufnagel, Todd C.; Ramesh, Kaliat T.

    2004-02-17

    An alloy is described that is capable of forming a metallic glass at moderate cooling rates and exhibits large plastic flow at ambient temperature. Preferably, the alloy has a composition of (Zr, Hf).sub.a Ta.sub.b Ti.sub.c Cu.sub.d Ni.sub.e Al.sub.f, where the composition ranges (in atomic percent) are 45.ltoreq.a.ltoreq.70, 3.ltoreq.b.ltoreq.7.5, 0.ltoreq.c.ltoreq.4, 3.ltoreq.b+c.ltoreq.10, 10.ltoreq.d.ltoreq.30, 0.ltoreq.e.ltoreq.20, 10.ltoreq.d+e.ltoreq.35, and 5.ltoreq.f.ltoreq.15. The alloy may be cast into a bulk solid with disordered atomic-scale structure, i.e., a metallic glass, by a variety of techniques including copper mold die casting and planar flow casting. The as-cast amorphous solid has good ductility while retaining all of the characteristic features of known metallic glasses, including a distinct glass transition, a supercooled liquid region, and an absence of long-range atomic order. The alloy may be used to form a composite structure including quasi-crystals embedded in an amorphous matrix. Such a composite quasi-crystalline structure has much higher mechanical strength than a crystalline structure.

  5. Molecular assembly and organic film growth on complex intermetallic surfaces

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    Al-Mahboob, Abdullah; Sharma, Hem Raj; Sadowski, Jerzy T.; Ledieu, Julian; Fournée, Vincent; McGrath, Ronan

    We extensively studied the role of molecular symmetry and symmetry/structures of wide ranges of substrate-surfaces from non-periodic to periodic to quasi-crystalline in nucleation, growth and phase transition in films made of organic molecular materials. Recently, most interest in quasicrystals is due to the generalization of aperiodic ordering to several classes of systems. Compared to periodic materials, these provide a closer approximation to an isotropic first Brillouin zone, which is of great importance to the design of new functional materials. Here, we present results obtained from our ongoing study of interface mediated molecular assembly extended on complex intermetallic surfaces with specific examples of C60 and Zn-phthalocyanine on quasicrystalline and approximant surfaces. We employed in-situ real-time low-energy electron microscopy (LEEM) for investigation of the processes in assembly and film growth and post-growth STM study and DFT calculations to understand structural details and growth mechanism. Research were carried out in part at the Center for Functional Nanomaterials, Brookhaven National Lab, USA; partly at Institut Jean Lamour, Université de Lorraine, France; and partly at the Surface Science Research Centre, University of Liverpool, UK.

  6. Cluster formula of Fe-containing Monel alloys with high corrosion-resistance

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    Li Baozeng; Gu Junjie; Wang Qing; Ji Chunjun; Wang Yingmin; Qiang Jianbing; Dong Chuang

    2012-06-15

    The cluster-plus-glue-atom model is applied in the composition interpretation of Monel alloys. This model considers ideal atomic nearest neighbor configurations among the constituent elements and has been used in understanding compositions of complex alloys like quasicrystals, amorphous alloys, and cupronickels. According to this model, any structure can be expressed by cluster formula [cluster](glue atom){sub x}, x denoting the number of glue atoms matching one cluster. According to this model, two groups of experimental composition series [Fe{sub 1}Ni{sub 12}]Cu{sub x} and [Fe{sub y}Ni{sub 12}]Cu{sub 5} were designed which fell close to conventional Fe-containing Monel alloys. The designed alloys after solution treatment plus water quenching, are monolithic FCC Ni-based solid solutions. Among them, the [Fe{sub 1}Ni{sub 12}]Cu{sub 5} alloy has the highest corrosion resistance in simulated sea water, and its performance is superior to that of industrial Monel 400 alloy. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A stable solid solution model is proposed using our 'cluster-plus-glue-atom model'. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer This model is used to develop Monel corrosion resistant alloys. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Single FCC structure is easily retained. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The alloys show good corrosion properties. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer This work contributes to the general understanding of engineering alloys.

  7. Approximation of virus structure by icosahedral tilings.

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    Salthouse, D G; Indelicato, G; Cermelli, P; Keef, T; Twarock, R

    2015-07-01

    Viruses are remarkable examples of order at the nanoscale, exhibiting protein containers that in the vast majority of cases are organized with icosahedral symmetry. Janner used lattice theory to provide blueprints for the organization of material in viruses. An alternative approach is provided here in terms of icosahedral tilings, motivated by the fact that icosahedral symmetry is non-crystallographic in three dimensions. In particular, a numerical procedure is developed to approximate the capsid of icosahedral viruses by icosahedral tiles via projection of high-dimensional tiles based on the cut-and-project scheme for the construction of three-dimensional quasicrystals. The goodness of fit of our approximation is assessed using techniques related to the theory of polygonal approximation of curves. The approach is applied to a number of viral capsids and it is shown that detailed features of the capsid surface can indeed be satisfactorily described by icosahedral tilings. This work complements previous studies in which the geometry of the capsid is described by point sets generated as orbits of extensions of the icosahedral group, as such point sets are by construction related to the vertex sets of icosahedral tilings. The approximations of virus geometry derived here can serve as coarse-grained models of viral capsids as a basis for the study of virus assembly and structural transitions of viral capsids, and also provide a new perspective on the design of protein containers for nanotechnology applications. PMID:26131897

  8. Competition of Bergman-type approximants with other packing motifs in the Cu-Zr system

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    Zhang, Feng; Jin, Min; Wang, X. W.; Wang, Cai-Zhuang; Kramer, M. J.; Mendelev, M. I.; Ho, Kai-Ming

    2012-02-01

    Knowledge about the topological and chemical ordering in metallic liquids and glasses is essential in predicting phase selection and understanding glass formation dynamics. Taking the Cu-Zr system as an example, previous studies have established Bergman-type medium-range ordering (MRO) from a structural analysis with cluster alignment methods [1]. In this study, we examine the thermodynamic stability of a crystalline approximant of Bergman-type quasicrystals [2] against packing geometries existing in other intermetallic compounds for a wide range of Cu compositions. The most stable structures for each structural motif at each Cu composition are obtained using an efficient genetic-algorithm search. Our results show that the Bergman-type approximant structure is thermodynamically favored over other packing geometries at the glass-forming region with Cu compositions around 65%, reaffirming the Bergman-type MRO is the lowest energy in Cu-Zr glasses.[4pt] [1] X. W. Fang, C. Z. Wang, Y. X. Yao, Z. J. Ding, and K. M. Ho, Phys. Rev. B 82, 184204 (2010).[0pt] [2] G. Bergman J. L. T. Waugh, and L. Pauling, Acta Cryst. 10, 254 (1957).

  9. Evidence for a C14 Frank-Kasper Phase in One-Size Gold Nanoparticle Superlattices.

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    Hajiw, Stéphanie; Pansu, Brigitte; Sadoc, Jean-François

    2015-08-25

    The Frank-Kasper phases were already known in 1982 when quasi-crystals were discovered, but their complex architectures are now considered as making a link between simple close-packed periodic structures and some quasi-periodic ones. These tetrahedrally close packed structures are observed in many materials from elements to intermetallics as well as self-assembled soft materials like micellar systems, dendritric liquid crystals, star polymers, and more recently block copolymers or heated gold nanocrystal superlattices. We report here the existence of a Frank-Kasper phase with hexagonal symmetry (MgZn2 type, also labeled C14) in superlattices of monodisperse hydrophobically coated gold particles at room temperature obtained from suspensions in various solvents. The existence of such a structure in this system is analyzed in terms of geometrical parameters including gold core diameter, ligand length, and grafting density and an energetic approach based on van der Waals attraction. Hydrophobically coated gold nanoparticles is a new system that exhibits a Frank and Kasper phase built by one-size objects. This result opens a route toward a nanoparticle superlattice with complex structures and thus original physical properties.

  10. Two-dimensional short-range disordered crystalline networks from flexible molecular modules.

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    Ecija, David; Vijayaraghavan, Saranyan; Auwärter, Willi; Joshi, Sushobhan; Seufert, Knud; Aurisicchio, Claudia; Bonifazi, Davide; Barth, Johannes V

    2012-05-22

    Studies of complex condensed matter systems have led to the discovery of materials of unexpected spatial organization as glasses, glassy crystals, quasicrystals, and protein and virus crystals. Here, we present two-dimensional (2D) short-range disordered molecular crystalline networks, which, regarding spatial organization, can be considered as surface analogues of 3D glassy crystals. In particular, the deposition of a flexible molecular module on Cu(111) gives rise to distinct phases whose characteristics have been examined in real space by scanning tunneling microscopy: a 2D short-range distortional disordered crystalline network and a 2D short-range orientational disordered crystalline network, respectively. Both phases exhibit a random arrangement of nanopores that are stabilized by the simultaneous presence of metal-organic and pyridyl-pyridyl interactions. The 2D short-range distortional disordered crystalline network displayed intriguing flexibility, as probed by the STM tip that modifies the pore shape, a prerequisite for adaptive behavior in host-guest processes.

  11. Experimental evidence of icosahedral and decahedral packing in one-dimensional nanostructures.

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    Velázquez-Salazar, J Jesús; Esparza, Rodrigo; Mejía-Rosales, Sergio Javier; Estrada-Salas, Rubén; Ponce, Arturo; Deepak, Francis Leonard; Castro-Guerrero, Carlos; José-Yacamán, Miguel

    2011-08-23

    The packing of spheres is a subject that has drawn the attention of mathematicians and philosophers for centuries and that currently attracts the interest of the scientific community in several fields. At the nanoscale, the packing of atoms affects the chemical and structural properties of the material and, hence, its potential applications. This report describes the experimental formation of 5-fold nanostructures by the packing of interpenetrated icosahedral and decahedral units. These nanowires, formed by the reaction of a mixture of metal salts (Au and Ag) in the presence of oleylamine, are obtained when the chemical composition is specifically Ag/Au = 3:1. The experimental images of the icosahedral nanowires have a high likelihood with simulated electron micrographs of structures formed by two or three Boerdijk-Coxeter-Bernal helices roped on a single structure, whereas for the decahedral wires, simulations using a model of adjacent decahedra match the experimental structures. To our knowledge, this is the first report of the synthesis of nanowires formed by the packing of structures with 5-fold symmetry. These icosahedral nanowire structures are similar to those of quasicrystals, which can only be formed if at least two atomic species are present and in which icosahedral and decahedral packing has been found for bulk crystals.

  12. Pulling at the fabric of the exotic phase diagram for a simple 2D model

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    Almudallal, Ahmad; Saika-Voivod, Ivan; Buldyrev, Sergey

    2014-03-01

    We use computer simulation to study a simple, two-dimensional off-lattice model that was originally devised to understand the anomalous properties of water. The model comprises core-softened disks interacting through a repulsive square shoulder located inside a longer attractive square well. In calculating the phase diagram for the model we discover that the system exhibits the truly remarkable phenomenon of inverse melting, for which the system crystallizes upon isobaric heating, over a small range in pressure. Despite occurring in two dimensions, the melting transition is first order and to a liquid, rather than to a hexatic or quasicrystal phase. We find that by increasing the extent of the shoulder, we increase the pressure range over which inverse melting occurs. But as this range increases, the stability fields of other crystal phases must bend to accommodate the changing inverse melting line. This continues until the phase diagram breaks, with a triple point disappearing, new phases appearing, and a channel of liquid stability to low temperatures forming. We acknowledge support from NSERC, ACEnet, CFI and the Dr. Bernard W. Gamson Computational Science Center at Yeshiva College.

  13. Entanglement dynamics for a conditionally kicked harmonic oscillator

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    Arrais, Eric G.; Sales, J. S.; de Almeida, N. G.

    2016-08-01

    The time evolution of the quantum kicked harmonic oscillator (KHO) is described by the Floquet operator which maps the state of the system immediately before one kick onto the state at a time immediately after the next. Quantum KHO is characterized by three parameters: the coupling strength V 0, the so-called Lamb–Dicke parameter η whose square is proportional to the effective Planck constant {{\\hslash }}{{eff}}, and the ratio T of the natural frequency of the oscillator and the kick frequency. To a given coupling strength and depending on T being a natural or irrational number, the phase space of the classical kicked oscillator can display different behaviors, as for example, stochastic webs or quasicrystal structures, thus showing a chaotic or localized behavior that is mirrored in the quantum phase space. On the other hand, the classical limit is studied letting {{\\hslash }}{{eff}} become negligible. In this paper we investigate how the ratio T, considered as integer, rational or irrational, influences the entanglement dynamics of the quantum KHO and study how the entanglement dynamics behaves when varying either V 0 or {{\\hslash }}{{eff}} parameters.

  14. Planar lattices with tailorable coefficient of thermal expansion and high stiffness based on dual-material triangle unit

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    Wei, Kai; Chen, Haosen; Pei, Yongmao; Fang, Daining

    2016-01-01

    The unexpected thermal distortions and failures in engineering raise the big concern about thermal expansion controlling. Thus, design of tailorable coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) is urgently needed for the materials used in large temperature variation circumstance. Here, inspired by multi-fold rotational symmetry in crystallography, we have devised six kinds of periodic planar lattices, which incorporate tailorable CTE and high specific biaxial stiffness. Fabrication process, which overcame shortcomings of welding or adhesion connection, was developed for the dual-material planar lattices. The analytical predictions agreed well with the CTE measurements. It is shown that the planar lattices fabricated from positive CTE constituents, can give large positive, near zero and even negative CTEs. Furthermore, a generalized stationary node method was proposed for aperiodic lattices and even arbitrary structures with desirable thermal expansion. As an example, aperiodic quasicrystal lattices were designed and exhibited zero thermal expansion property. The proposed method for the lattices of lightweight, robust stiffness, strength and tailorable thermal expansion is useful in the engineering applications.

  15. Highly Symmetric and Congruently Tiled Meshes for Shells and Domes

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    Rasheed, Muhibur; Bajaj, Chandrajit

    2016-01-01

    We describe the generation of all possible shell and dome shapes that can be uniquely meshed (tiled) using a single type of mesh face (tile), and following a single meshing (tiling) rule that governs the mesh (tile) arrangement with maximal vertex, edge and face symmetries. Such tiling arrangements or congruently tiled meshed shapes, are frequently found in chemical forms (fullerenes or Bucky balls, crystals, quasi-crystals, virus nano shells or capsids), and synthetic shapes (cages, sports domes, modern architectural facades). Congruently tiled meshes are both aesthetic and complete, as they support maximal mesh symmetries with minimal complexity and possess simple generation rules. Here, we generate congruent tilings and meshed shape layouts that satisfy these optimality conditions. Further, the congruent meshes are uniquely mappable to an almost regular 3D polyhedron (or its dual polyhedron) and which exhibits face-transitive (and edge-transitive) congruency with at most two types of vertices (each type transitive to the other). The family of all such congruently meshed polyhedra create a new class of meshed shapes, beyond the well-studied regular, semi-regular and quasi-regular classes, and their duals (platonic, Catalan and Johnson). While our new mesh class is infinite, we prove that there exists a unique mesh parametrization, where each member of the class can be represented by two integer lattice variables, and moreover efficiently constructable. PMID:27563368

  16. Power-law scaling and fractal nature of medium-range order in metallic glasses.

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    Ma, D; Stoica, A D; Wang, X-L

    2009-01-01

    The atomic structure of metallic glasses has been a long-standing scientific problem. Unlike crystalline metals, where long-range ordering is established by periodic stacking of fundamental building blocks known as unit cells, a metallic glass has no long-range translational or orientational order, although some degrees of short- and medium-range order do exist. Previous studies have identified solute- (minority atom)-centred clusters as the fundamental building blocks or short-range order in metallic glasses. Idealized cluster packing schemes, such as efficient cluster packing on a cubic lattice and icosahedral packing as in a quasicrystal, have been proposed and provided first insights on the medium-range order in metallic glasses. However, these packing schemes break down beyond a length scale of a few clusters. Here, on the basis of neutron and X-ray diffraction experiments, we propose a new packing scheme-self-similar packing of atomic clusters. We show that the medium-range order has the characteristics of a fractal network with a dimension of 2.31, and is described by a power-law correlation function over the medium-range length scale. Our finding provides a new perspective of order in disordered materials and has broad implications for understanding their structure-property relationship, particularly those involving a change in length scales.

  17. Equivalence classes of Fibonacci lattices and their similarity properties

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    Lo Gullo, N.; Vittadello, L.; Bazzan, M.; Dell'Anna, L.

    2016-08-01

    We investigate, theoretically and experimentally, the properties of Fibonacci lattices with arbitrary spacings. Different from periodic structures, the reciprocal lattice and the dynamical properties of Fibonacci lattices depend strongly on the lengths of their lattice parameters, even if the sequence of long and short segment, the Fibonacci string, is the same. In this work we show that by exploiting a self-similarity property of Fibonacci strings under a suitable composition rule, it is possible to define equivalence classes of Fibonacci lattices. We show that the diffraction patterns generated by Fibonacci lattices belonging to the same equivalence class can be rescaled to a common pattern of strong diffraction peaks thus giving to this classification a precise meaning. Furthermore we show that, through the gap labeling theorem, gaps in the energy spectra of Fibonacci crystals belonging to the same class can be labeled by the same momenta (up to a proper rescaling) and that the larger gaps correspond to the strong peaks of the diffraction spectra. This observation makes the definition of equivalence classes meaningful also for the spectral and therefore dynamical and thermodynamical properties of quasicrystals. Our results apply to the more general class of quasiperiodic lattices for which similarity under a suitable deflation rule is in order.

  18. High-pressure crystallography of periodic and aperiodic crystals.

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    Hejny, Clivia; Minkov, Vasily S

    2015-03-01

    More than five decades have passed since the first single-crystal X-ray diffraction experiments at high pressure were performed. These studies were applied historically to geochemical processes occurring in the Earth and other planets, but high-pressure crystallography has spread across different fields of science including chemistry, physics, biology, materials science and pharmacy. With each passing year, high-pressure studies have become more precise and comprehensive because of the development of instrumentation and software, and the systems investigated have also become more complicated. Starting with crystals of simple minerals and inorganic compounds, the interests of researchers have shifted to complicated metal-organic frameworks, aperiodic crystals and quasicrystals, molecular crystals, and even proteins and viruses. Inspired by contributions to the microsymposium 'High-Pressure Crystallography of Periodic and Aperiodic Crystals' presented at the 23rd IUCr Congress and General Assembly, the authors have tried to summarize certain recent results of single-crystal studies of molecular and aperiodic structures under high pressure. While the selected contributions do not cover the whole spectrum of high-pressure research, they demonstrate the broad diversity of novel and fascinating results and may awaken the reader's interest in this topic. PMID:25866659

  19. A Liquid-Liquid Transition in an Undercooled Ti-Zr-Ni Liquid

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    Lee, G. W.; Gangopadhyay, A. K.; Kelton, K. F.; Hyers, R. W.; Rathz, T. J.; Rogers, J. R.

    2003-01-01

    If crystallization can be avoided, liquids enter a metastable (undercooled) state below their equilibrium liquidus temperatures, TI, finally freezing into a glass below a characteristic temperature called the glass transition temperature, T,. In rare cases, the undercooled liquid may undergo a liquid-liquid phase transition (liquid polymorphism) before entering the glassy state. This has been suggested from experimental studies of HzO and Si4. Such phase transitions have been predicted in some stable liquids, i.e. above TI at atmospheric pressure, for Si02 and BeF;, but these have not been verified experimentally. They have been observed in liquids of P7, Sis and C9, but only under high pressure. All of these transitions are driven by an anomalous density change, i.e. change in local structure, with temperature or pressure. In this letter we present the first experimental evidence for a phase transition in a low viscosity liquid that is not driven by an anomalous density change, but by an approach to a constant configuration state. A maximum in the specific heat at constant pressure, similar to what is normally observed near T,, is reported here for undercooled low viscosity liquids of quasicrystal- forming Ti-Zr-Ni alloys. that includes cooperativity, by incorporating a temperature dependent excitation energy fits the data well, signaling a phase transition.

  20. High-pressure crystallography of periodic and aperiodic crystals

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    Hejny, Clivia; Minkov, Vasily S.

    2015-01-01

    More than five decades have passed since the first single-crystal X-ray diffraction experiments at high pressure were performed. These studies were applied historically to geochemical processes occurring in the Earth and other planets, but high-pressure crystallography has spread across different fields of science including chemistry, physics, biology, materials science and pharmacy. With each passing year, high-pressure studies have become more precise and comprehensive because of the development of instrumentation and software, and the systems investigated have also become more complicated. Starting with crystals of simple minerals and inorganic compounds, the interests of researchers have shifted to complicated metal–organic frameworks, aperiodic crystals and quasicrystals, molecular crystals, and even proteins and viruses. Inspired by contributions to the microsymposium ‘High-Pressure Crystallography of Periodic and Aperiodic Crystals’ presented at the 23rd IUCr Congress and General Assembly, the authors have tried to summarize certain recent results of single-crystal studies of molecular and aperiodic structures under high pressure. While the selected contributions do not cover the whole spectrum of high-pressure research, they demonstrate the broad diversity of novel and fascinating results and may awaken the reader’s interest in this topic. PMID:25866659

  1. Understanding shape entropy through local dense packing.

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    van Anders, Greg; Klotsa, Daphne; Ahmed, N Khalid; Engel, Michael; Glotzer, Sharon C

    2014-11-11

    Entropy drives the phase behavior of colloids ranging from dense suspensions of hard spheres or rods to dilute suspensions of hard spheres and depletants. Entropic ordering of anisotropic shapes into complex crystals, liquid crystals, and even quasicrystals was demonstrated recently in computer simulations and experiments. The ordering of shapes appears to arise from the emergence of directional entropic forces (DEFs) that align neighboring particles, but these forces have been neither rigorously defined nor quantified in generic systems. Here, we show quantitatively that shape drives the phase behavior of systems of anisotropic particles upon crowding through DEFs. We define DEFs in generic systems and compute them for several hard particle systems. We show they are on the order of a few times the thermal energy ([Formula: see text]) at the onset of ordering, placing DEFs on par with traditional depletion, van der Waals, and other intrinsic interactions. In experimental systems with these other interactions, we provide direct quantitative evidence that entropic effects of shape also contribute to self-assembly. We use DEFs to draw a distinction between self-assembly and packing behavior. We show that the mechanism that generates directional entropic forces is the maximization of entropy by optimizing local particle packing. We show that this mechanism occurs in a wide class of systems and we treat, in a unified way, the entropy-driven phase behavior of arbitrary shapes, incorporating the well-known works of Kirkwood, Onsager, and Asakura and Oosawa.

  2. Entanglement dynamics for a conditionally kicked harmonic oscillator

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    Arrais, Eric G.; Sales, J. S.; de Almeida, N. G.

    2016-08-01

    The time evolution of the quantum kicked harmonic oscillator (KHO) is described by the Floquet operator which maps the state of the system immediately before one kick onto the state at a time immediately after the next. Quantum KHO is characterized by three parameters: the coupling strength V 0, the so-called Lamb-Dicke parameter η whose square is proportional to the effective Planck constant {{\\hslash }}{{eff}}, and the ratio T of the natural frequency of the oscillator and the kick frequency. To a given coupling strength and depending on T being a natural or irrational number, the phase space of the classical kicked oscillator can display different behaviors, as for example, stochastic webs or quasicrystal structures, thus showing a chaotic or localized behavior that is mirrored in the quantum phase space. On the other hand, the classical limit is studied letting {{\\hslash }}{{eff}} become negligible. In this paper we investigate how the ratio T, considered as integer, rational or irrational, influences the entanglement dynamics of the quantum KHO and study how the entanglement dynamics behaves when varying either V 0 or {{\\hslash }}{{eff}} parameters.

  3. Spherical constituent particles formed by a multistage solution treatment in Al–Zn–Mg–Cu alloys

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    Yang, X.B.; Chen, J.H.; Liu, J.Z. Liu, P.; Qin, F.; Cheng, Y.L.; Wu, C.L.

    2013-09-15

    The corrosion resistance and fracture toughness of Al–Zn–Mg–Cu alloys are greatly affected by the remaining large constituent particles with sharp corners and sharp edges. Here, we show that with a careful high-temperature solution treatment, these constituent particles can be formed into spherical rather than irregular shapes. This results in better corrosion resistance and mechanical properties for the alloys than the conventional solution treatment. The complex microstructures of the formed spherical constituent particles and their formation mechanism were studied using focused ion beam (FIB), scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) and selected area electron diffraction (SAED). It was revealed that there are five types of spherical constituent particles formed after the special solution treatment, and each type has its own characteristic microstructural features. - Highlights: • Improved combined mechanical properties obtained by spheroidizing treatment. • Five spherical particles have been found in alloy treated by spheroidizing. • These particles have interesting structures, including quasicrystal, and so on. • It is the first time to observe petal-like η phase formed by solution treatment. • We reported a critical state to decompose the most constituents by spheroidizing.

  4. Stimulation of Ideas through Compound-Based Bibliometrics: Counting and Mapping Chemical Compounds for Analyzing Research Topics in Chemistry, Physics, and Materials Science.

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    Barth, Andreas; Marx, Werner

    2012-12-01

    Counting compounds (rather than papers or citations) offers a new perspective for quantitative analyses of research activities. First of all, we can precisely define (compound-related) research topics and access the corresponding publications (scientific papers as well as patents) as a measure of research activity. We can also establish the time evolution of the publications dealing with specific compounds or compound classes. Moreover, the mapping of compounds by establishing compound-based landscapes has some potential to visualize the compound basis of research topics for further research activities. We have analyzed the rare earth compounds to give an example of a broad compound class. We present the number of the currently existing compounds and of the corresponding publications as well as the time evolution of the papers and patents. Furthermore, we have analyzed the rare earth cuprates (copper oxides) as an example of a narrower compound class to demonstrate the potential of mapping compounds by compound-based landscapes. We have quantified the various element combinations of the existing compounds and revealed all element combinations not yet realized in the synthesis within this compound class. Finally, we have analyzed the quasicrystal compound category as an example of a compound class that is not defined by a specific element combination or a molecular structure.

  5. Spin glasses: redux: an updated experimental/materials survey

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    Mydosh, J. A.

    2015-05-01

    This article reviews the 40+ year old spin-glass field and one of its earliest model interpretations as a spin density wave. Our description is from an experimental phenomenological point of view with emphasis on new spin glass materials and their relation to topical problems and strongly correlated materials in condensed matter physics. We first simply define a spin glass (SG), give its basic ingredients and explain how the spin glasses enter into the statistical mechanics of classical phase transitions. We then consider the four basic experimental properties to solidly characterize canonical spin glass behavior and introduce the early theories and models. Here the spin density wave (SDW) concept is used to explain the difference between a short-range SDW, i.e. a SG and, in contrast, a long-range SDW, i.e. a conventional magnetic phase transition. We continue with the present state of SG, its massive computer simulations and recent proposals of chiral glasses and quantum SG. We then collect and mention the various SG ‘spin-off’s'. A major section uncovers the fashionable unconventional materials that display SG-like freezing and glassy ground states, such as (high temperature) superconductors, heavy fermions, intermetallics and Heuslers, pyrochlor and spinels, oxides and chalogenides and exotics, e.g. quasicrystals. Some conclusions and future directions complete the review.

  6. Natural polymer crystals of hydrocarbons as models of prebiological organisms

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    Yushkin, N. P.

    1996-09-01

    Among solid hydrocarbons (bitumens) widely spread in the lithosphere, forms representing various degrees of molecular ordering, like globules, fibers, quasicrystals, fullerenes, etc., have been recently discovered. The most perfect ones are original fibrous, spiral and spherical crystals of kerite found in chamber pegmatities of Korosten granitoid massive in the Ukraine. The age of the pegmatites is 1,700 million years, they originated at a depth of 1.5-2 km. The kerite composition is C 491H 386O 87S(N). Kerite crystallization took place in a chamber of a pegmatite body in a steam-and-gas environment at T = 500 dash280°C and P = 20 MPa from hydrocarbon gases of igneous origin in the presence of catalysts. The fibrous kerite's structure and properties are very similar to those of simple organisms. Its chemical composition, for example, is nearly identical to that of a protein. The presence of a large number of minerals in association with fibrous kerite, including zeolite (natrolite) acting as a membrane, abundant release of hydrocarbon gases on heating, complex morphology and the presence of both internal and external actively growing surfaces account for a much more complex (in comparison with ionic inorganic crystals) "life" for fibrous kerite crystals and stimulate an evolution of various metabolic processes. The finding of hydrocarbon crystals with a composition, form and structure similar to living organisms is a convincing confirmation of the conception of "crystallization of life" that occurred under the same conditions as crystallization of minerals.

  7. Growth and electronic structure of alkali-metal adlayers on icosahedral Al{sub 70.5}Pd{sub 21}Mn{sub 8.5}

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    Shukla, A. K.; Dhaka, R. S.; Biswas, C.; Banik, S.; Barman, S. R.; Horn, K.; Ebert, Ph.; Urban, K.

    2006-02-01

    We report x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) study of Na and K adlayers on icosahedral Al{sub 70.5}Pd{sub 21}Mn{sub 8.5} (i-Al-Pd-Mn) quasicrystal. The Na 1s core-level exhibits a continuous linear shift of 0.8 eV towards lower binding energies (BE) with increasing coverage up to one monolayer (ML) saturation coverage. In the case of K/i-Al-Pd-Mn, a similar linear shift in the K 2p spectra towards lower BE is observed. In both cases, the plasmon related loss features are observed only above 1 ML. The substrate core-level peaks, such as Al 2p, do not exhibit any shift with the adlayer deposition up to the highest coverage. Based on these experimental observations and previous studies of alkali metal growth on metals, we conclude that below 1 ML, both Na and K form a dispersed phase on i-Al-Pd-Mn and there is hardly any charge transfer to the substrate. The variation of the adlayer and substrate core-level intensities with coverage indicates layer by layer growth.

  8. First-principles phonon calculation for Al-(Re,Mn)-Si 1/1-1/1-1/1 approximants

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    Nagasako, N.; Asahi, R.; Takeuchi, T.

    2006-03-01

    A very low thermal conductivity (˜1 W/Km) and a relatively large Seebeck coefficient in Al-based Mackay-type icosahedral quasicrystal have attracted much interest aiming for thermoelectric applications. We performed first-principles phonon calculations for the Al-(Re,Mn)-Si 1/1-1/1-1/1 approximants [1] to elucidate mechanism of their low thermal conductivity. The total energy and atomic force were calculated for a modeled Al17(Re,Mn)4Si2 unit cell containing 138 atoms using the projector augmented wave method implemented in VASP code [2], and were then utilized for obtaining a phonon dispersion by the direct method [3]. The calculated lattice specific heat showed very good agreement with experiment, confirming validity of the present calculations. We found localized optical modes with a relatively low frequency (˜2 THz) in the phonon dispersion. We discuss the low thermal conductivity in comparison between the Al-Re-Si and Al-Mn-Si systems via averaged group velocity and umklapp phonon scattering related to these optical modes. [1] Takeuchi et al., Phys. Rev. B70, 144202 (2004). [2] G. Kresse, J. Furthmuller, Phys. Rev. B54, 11169 (1996). [3] MedeA-Phonon, Materials Design, Inc. (2003) based on K. Parlinski, Phonon 3.11 (2002).

  9. Experimental and Theoretical Investigation of Macro-Periodic and Micro-Random Nanostructures with Simultaneously Spatial Translational Symmetry and Long-Range Order Breaking

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    Lu, Haifei; Ren, Xingang; Sha, Wei E. I.; Chen, Jiajie; Kang, Zhiwen; Zhang, Haixi; Ho, Ho-Pui; Choy, Wallace C. H.

    2015-01-01

    Photonic and plasmonic quasicrystals, comprising well-designed and regularly-arranged patterns but lacking spatial translational symmetry, show sharp diffraction patterns resulting from their long-range order in spatial domain. Here we demonstrate that plasmonic structure, which is macroscopically arranged with spatial periodicity and microscopically constructed by random metal nanostructures, can also exhibit the diffraction effect experimentally, despite both of the translational symmetry and long-range order are broken in spatial domain simultaneously. With strategically pre-formed metal nano-seeds, the tunable macroscopically periodic (macro-periodic) pattern composed from microscopically random (micro-random) nanoplate-based silver structures are fabricated chemically through photon driven growth using simple light source with low photon energy and low optical power density. The geometry of the micro-structure can be further modified through simple thermal annealing. While the random metal nanostructures suppress high-order Floquet spectra of the spatial distribution of refractive indices, the maintained low-order Floquet spectra after the ensemble averaging are responsible for the observed diffraction effect. A theoretical approach has also been established to describe and understand the macro-periodic and micro-random structures with different micro-geometries. The easy fabrication and comprehensive understanding of this metal structure will be beneficial for its application in plasmonics, photonics and optoelectronics. PMID:25597407

  10. Use of frit-disc crucibles for routine and exploratory solution growth of single crystalline samples

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    Canfield, Paul C.; Kong, Tai; Kaluarachchi, Udhara S.; Jo, Na Hyun

    2016-01-05

    Solution growth of single crystals from high temperature solutions often involves the separation of residual solution from the grown crystals. For many growths of intermetallic compounds, this separation has historically been achieved with the use of plugs of silica wool. Whereas this is generally efficient in a mechanical sense, it leads to a significant contamination of the decanted liquid with silica fibres. In this paper, we present a simple design for frit-disc alumina crucible sets that has made their use in the growth single crystals from high temperature solutions both simple and affordable. An alumina frit-disc allows for the cleanmore » separation of the residual liquid from the solid phase. This allows for the reuse of the decanted liquid, either for further growth of the same phase, or for subsequent growth of other, related phases. In this article, we provide examples of the growth of isotopically substituted TbCd6 and icosahedral i-RCd quasicrystals, as well as the separation of (i) the closely related Bi2Rh3S2 and Bi2Rh3.5S2 phases and (ii) and PrZn11 and PrZn17.« less

  11. All-optical diode action in asymmetric nonlinear photonic multilayers with perfect transmission resonances

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    Zhukovsky, Sergei V.; Smirnov, Andrey G.

    2011-02-15

    Light propagation in asymmetric Kerr-nonlinear multilayers with perfect transmission resonances is theoretically investigated. It is found that hybrid Fabry-Perot-resonator-photonic-crystal structures of the type (BA){sup k}(AB){sup k}(AABB){sup m} exhibit both pronounced unidirectionality (due to strong spatial asymmetry of the resonant mode) and high transmission (due to the existence of a perfect transmission resonance). This results in nonlinear optical diode action with low reflection losses without need for a pumping beam or input pulse modulation. By slightly perturbing the perfect transmission resonance condition, the operating regime of the optical diode can be tuned, with a tradeoff between minimizing the reflection losses and maximizing the frequency bandwidth where unidirectional transmission exists. Optical diode action is demonstrated in direct numerical simulation, showing >92% transmittance in one direction and about 22% in the other. The effect of perfect transmission resonance restoration induced by nonlinearity was observed analytically and numerically. The proposed geometry is shown to have advantages over previously reported designs based on photonic quasicrystals.

  12. Generic, phenomenological, on-the-fly renormalized repulsion model for self-limited organization of terminal supraparticle assemblies

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    Dac Nguyen, Trung; Schultz, Benjamin A.; Kotov, Nicholas A.; Glotzer, Sharon C.

    2015-06-01

    Self-limited, or terminal, supraparticles have long received great interest because of their abundance in biological systems (DNA bundles and virus capsids) and their potential use in a host of applications ranging from photonics and catalysis to encapsulation for drug delivery. Moreover, soft, uniform colloidal aggregates are a promising candidate for quasicrystal and other hierarchical assemblies. In this work, we present a generic coarse-grained model that captures the formation of self-limited assemblies observed in various soft-matter systems including nanoparticles, colloids, and polyelectrolytes. Using molecular dynamics simulations, we demonstrate that the assembly process is self-limited when the repulsion between the particles is renormalized to balance their attraction during aggregation. The uniform finite-sized aggregates are further shown to be thermodynamically stable and tunable with a single dimensionless parameter. We find large aggregates self-organize internally into a core-shell morphology and exhibit anomalous uniformity when the constituent nanoparticles have a polydisperse size distribution.

  13. Effects of gas to melt ratio on the microstructure of an Al–10.83Zn–3.39Mg–1.22Cu alloy produced by spray atomization and deposition

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    Guo, S.; Ning, Z.L.; Zhang, M.X.; Cao, F.Y.; Sun, J.F.

    2014-01-15

    Various gas to melt ratios (GMR) that govern the cooling rate of spray forming can be achieved through controlling the atomizer form and the atomization pressure. The effect of the GMR on microstructures of an Al–10.83Zn–3.39Mg–1.22Cu alloy produced through spray forming has been studied using electron microscopy. When the GMR is high at 3.5, dendritic structure and quasi-crystalline i-Mg{sub 32}(AlZn){sub 49} particles inherited from the original powders can be observed. Spray forming at medium GMR of 2.3 produces equiaxed α-Al grains and MgZn{sub 2} phase that discontinuously distributes along the grain boundaries and within the grains as small particles. The low GMR of 1.4 corresponds to low cooling rate. Coarse and equiaxed α-Al grains together with eutectic structure consisting of b.c.c.-Mg{sub 32}(AlZn){sub 49} and α-Al phases along the grain boundaries are obtained. - Highlights: • At high GMR, the broken fragments and i-Mg{sub 32}(AlZn){sub 49} quasicrystal are observed. • At medium GMR, microstructure consists of α-Al equiaxed grains and MgZn{sub 2} phase. • At low GMR, the coarsened α-Al grains and bcc-Mg{sub 32}(AlZn){sub 49} eutectic appear.

  14. Digital Alchemy for Materials Design: Colloids and Beyond.

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    van Anders, Greg; Klotsa, Daphne; Karas, Andrew S; Dodd, Paul M; Glotzer, Sharon C

    2015-10-27

    Starting with the early alchemists, a holy grail of science has been to make desired materials by modifying the attributes of basic building blocks. Building blocks that show promise for assembling new complex materials can be synthesized at the nanoscale with attributes that would astonish the ancient alchemists in their versatility. However, this versatility means that making a direct connection between building-block attributes and bulk structure is both necessary for rationally engineering materials and difficult because building block attributes can be altered in many ways. Here we show how to exploit the malleability of the valence of colloidal nanoparticle "elements" to directly and quantitatively link building-block attributes to bulk structure through a statistical thermodynamic framework we term "digital alchemy". We use this framework to optimize building blocks for a given target structure and to determine which building-block attributes are most important to control for self-assembly, through a set of novel thermodynamic response functions, moduli, and susceptibilities. We thereby establish direct links between the attributes of colloidal building blocks and the bulk structures they form. Moreover, our results give concrete solutions to the more general conceptual challenge of optimizing emergent behaviors in nature and can be applied to other types of matter. As examples, we apply digital alchemy to systems of truncated tetrahedra, rhombic dodecahedra, and isotropically interacting spheres that self-assemble diamond, fcc, and icosahedral quasicrystal structures, respectively. Although our focus is on colloidal systems, our methods generalize to any building blocks with adjustable interactions. PMID:26401754

  15. {sup 1}H NMR study of hydrogen in quasicrystalline Ti{sub 0.45{minus}x}V{sub x}Zr{sub 0.38}Ni{sub 0.17}

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    Shastri, A.; Majzoub, E.H.; Borsa, F.; Gibbons, P.C.; Kelton, K.F.

    1998-03-01

    {sup 1}H nuclear-magnetic-resonance (NMR) spectra and spin-lattice relaxation rates (R{sub 1}) were studied in the hydrogenated Ti{sub 0.45{minus}x}V{sub x}Zr{sub 0.38}Ni{sub 0.17} quasicrystal for x=0.00, 0.02, and a hydrogen-to-metal-atom ratio (H/M)=1.88. NMR measurements were made from 4 to 550 K at resonance frequencies of 8, 18, 55, and 200 MHz. Theoretical {sup 1}H second-moment values (M{sub 2}) were calculated based on Bergman and Mackay cluster models and compared with experimental M{sub 2} values. The R{sub 1} data reveal a distribution of activation energies for the {sup 1}H diffusion through the quasilattice; the distribution is insensitive to the vanadium concentration, x. Low-temperature R{sub 1} data reveal an additional low-temperature relaxation mechanism that is not yet well understood. {copyright} {ital 1998} {ital The American Physical Society}

  16. Generic, phenomenological, on-the-fly renormalized repulsion model for self-limited organization of terminal supraparticle assemblies

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    Nguyen, Trung Dac; Schultz, Benjamin A.; Kotov, Nicholas A.; Glotzer, Sharon C.

    2015-01-01

    Self-limited, or terminal, supraparticles have long received great interest because of their abundance in biological systems (DNA bundles and virus capsids) and their potential use in a host of applications ranging from photonics and catalysis to encapsulation for drug delivery. Moreover, soft, uniform colloidal aggregates are a promising candidate for quasicrystal and other hierarchical assemblies. In this work, we present a generic coarse-grained model that captures the formation of self-limited assemblies observed in various soft-matter systems including nanoparticles, colloids, and polyelectrolytes. Using molecular dynamics simulations, we demonstrate that the assembly process is self-limited when the repulsion between the particles is renormalized to balance their attraction during aggregation. The uniform finite-sized aggregates are further shown to be thermodynamically stable and tunable with a single dimensionless parameter. We find large aggregates self-organize internally into a core–shell morphology and exhibit anomalous uniformity when the constituent nanoparticles have a polydisperse size distribution. PMID:26063616

  17. An ultrahigh vacuum compatible sample holder for studying complex metal surfaces.

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    Dhaka, R S; Shukla, A K; Maniraj, M; D'Souza, S W; Nayak, J; Barman, S R

    2010-04-01

    We present a design of a compact and versatile sample holder meant for studying complex (ternary) metallic crystals that require sputtering and annealing to high temperatures under ultrahigh vacuum (10(-10) mbar range) for obtaining the clean, ordered and stoichiometric surface. A resistive heater is fixed to the sample holder and not to the sample plate, and thus can be thoroughly degassed initially to high temperatures without heating the sample. The heater, which is mounted vertically on the sample holder frame, slides into the sample plate of rectangular cross-section during sample transfer. For efficient cooling that is required for adlayer deposition, Cu braids can be pressed on the sample plate from both sides through a screw mechanism. The sample holder has 5 degrees of freedom including a tilt rotation. The sample holder has been used to study different metal surfaces such as ferromagnetic shape memory alloys, alkali metal and Mn adlayers on Al-Pd-Mn quasicrystal, aluminum metal, and Al-Mn alloys. Here, our recent results on temperature dependent low energy electron diffraction study of Ni(2)MnGa(100) are presented.

  18. Stimulation of Ideas through Compound-Based Bibliometrics: Counting and Mapping Chemical Compounds for Analyzing Research Topics in Chemistry, Physics, and Materials Science.

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    Barth, Andreas; Marx, Werner

    2012-12-01

    Counting compounds (rather than papers or citations) offers a new perspective for quantitative analyses of research activities. First of all, we can precisely define (compound-related) research topics and access the corresponding publications (scientific papers as well as patents) as a measure of research activity. We can also establish the time evolution of the publications dealing with specific compounds or compound classes. Moreover, the mapping of compounds by establishing compound-based landscapes has some potential to visualize the compound basis of research topics for further research activities. We have analyzed the rare earth compounds to give an example of a broad compound class. We present the number of the currently existing compounds and of the corresponding publications as well as the time evolution of the papers and patents. Furthermore, we have analyzed the rare earth cuprates (copper oxides) as an example of a narrower compound class to demonstrate the potential of mapping compounds by compound-based landscapes. We have quantified the various element combinations of the existing compounds and revealed all element combinations not yet realized in the synthesis within this compound class. Finally, we have analyzed the quasicrystal compound category as an example of a compound class that is not defined by a specific element combination or a molecular structure. PMID:24551517

  19. Experimental and theoretical investigation of macro-periodic and micro-random nanostructures with simultaneously spatial translational symmetry and long-range order breaking.

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    Lu, Haifei; Ren, Xingang; Sha, Wei E I; Chen, Jiajie; Kang, Zhiwen; Zhang, Haixi; Ho, Ho-Pui; Choy, Wallace C H

    2015-01-19

    Photonic and plasmonic quasicrystals, comprising well-designed and regularly-arranged patterns but lacking spatial translational symmetry, show sharp diffraction patterns resulting from their long-range order in spatial domain. Here we demonstrate that plasmonic structure, which is macroscopically arranged with spatial periodicity and microscopically constructed by random metal nanostructures, can also exhibit the diffraction effect experimentally, despite both of the translational symmetry and long-range order are broken in spatial domain simultaneously. With strategically pre-formed metal nano-seeds, the tunable macroscopically periodic (macro-periodic) pattern composed from microscopically random (micro-random) nanoplate-based silver structures are fabricated chemically through photon driven growth using simple light source with low photon energy and low optical power density. The geometry of the micro-structure can be further modified through simple thermal annealing. While the random metal nanostructures suppress high-order Floquet spectra of the spatial distribution of refractive indices, the maintained low-order Floquet spectra after the ensemble averaging are responsible for the observed diffraction effect. A theoretical approach has also been established to describe and understand the macro-periodic and micro-random structures with different micro-geometries. The easy fabrication and comprehensive understanding of this metal structure will be beneficial for its application in plasmonics, photonics and optoelectronics.

  20. Quasicrystallinity expressed in two-dimensional coordination networks.

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    Urgel, José I; Écija, David; Lyu, Guoqing; Zhang, Ran; Palma, Carlos-Andres; Auwärter, Willi; Lin, Nian; Barth, Johannes V

    2016-07-01

    The recognition of quasicrystals, which exhibit long-range order but lack translational symmetry, represented both the introduction of a new class of materials and a transformative breakthrough in crystallography. Concomitant with the exploration of quasicrystallinity, metal-organic architectures emerged as promising and versatile systems with significant application potential. Their building principles have been studied extensively and become manifest in a multitude of intricate amorphous and crystalline phases. To date, however, indications for quasicrystalline order have been elusive in metal-organic coordination networks (MOCNs). Here we employ rare-earth-directed assembly to construct a two-dimensional tiling with quasicrystalline characteristics at a well-defined gold substrate. By careful stoichiometry control over europium centres and functional linkers, we produced a porous network, including the simultaneous expression of four-fold, five-fold and six-fold vertices. The pertaining features were directly inspected by scanning tunnelling microscopy, and the molecule-europium reticulation was recognized as square-triangle tessellation with dodecagonal symmetry. Our findings introduce quasicrystallinity in surface-confined MOCNs with a nanoporous structure and anticipate functionalities that arise from quasicrystalline ordering of the coordinative spheres. PMID:27325091

  1. Orbits of crystallographic embedding of non-crystallographic groups and applications to virology.

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    Twarock, Reidun; Valiunas, Motiejus; Zappa, Emilio

    2015-11-01

    The architecture of infinite structures with non-crystallographic symmetries can be modelled via aperiodic tilings, but a systematic construction method for finite structures with non-crystallographic symmetry at different radial levels is still lacking. This paper presents a group theoretical method for the construction of finite nested point sets with non-crystallographic symmetry. Akin to the construction of quasicrystals, a non-crystallographic group G is embedded into the point group P of a higher-dimensional lattice and the chains of all G-containing subgroups are constructed. The orbits of lattice points under such subgroups are determined, and it is shown that their projection into a lower-dimensional G-invariant subspace consists of nested point sets with G-symmetry at each radial level. The number of different radial levels is bounded by the index of G in the subgroup of P. In the case of icosahedral symmetry, all subgroup chains are determined explicitly and it is illustrated that these point sets in projection provide blueprints that approximate the organization of simple viral capsids, encoding information on the structural organization of capsid proteins and the genomic material collectively, based on two case studies. Contrary to the affine extensions previously introduced, these orbits endow virus architecture with an underlying finite group structure, which lends itself better to the modelling of dynamic properties than its infinite-dimensional counterpart. PMID:26522406

  2. Amorphic complexity

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    Fuhrmann, G.; Gröger, M.; Jäger, T.

    2016-02-01

    We introduce amorphic complexity as a new topological invariant that measures the complexity of dynamical systems in the regime of zero entropy. Its main purpose is to detect the very onset of disorder in the asymptotic behaviour. For instance, it gives positive value to Denjoy examples on the circle and Sturmian subshifts, while being zero for all isometries and Morse-Smale systems. After discussing basic properties and examples, we show that amorphic complexity and the underlying asymptotic separation numbers can be used to distinguish almost automorphic minimal systems from equicontinuous ones. For symbolic systems, amorphic complexity equals the box dimension of the associated Besicovitch space. In this context, we concentrate on regular Toeplitz flows and give a detailed description of the relation to the scaling behaviour of the densities of the p-skeletons. Finally, we take a look at strange non-chaotic attractors appearing in so-called pinched skew product systems. Continuous-time systems, more general group actions and the application to cut and project quasicrystals will be treated in subsequent work.

  3. High-pressure crystallography of periodic and aperiodic crystals.

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    Hejny, Clivia; Minkov, Vasily S

    2015-03-01

    More than five decades have passed since the first single-crystal X-ray diffraction experiments at high pressure were performed. These studies were applied historically to geochemical processes occurring in the Earth and other planets, but high-pressure crystallography has spread across different fields of science including chemistry, physics, biology, materials science and pharmacy. With each passing year, high-pressure studies have become more precise and comprehensive because of the development of instrumentation and software, and the systems investigated have also become more complicated. Starting with crystals of simple minerals and inorganic compounds, the interests of researchers have shifted to complicated metal-organic frameworks, aperiodic crystals and quasicrystals, molecular crystals, and even proteins and viruses. Inspired by contributions to the microsymposium 'High-Pressure Crystallography of Periodic and Aperiodic Crystals' presented at the 23rd IUCr Congress and General Assembly, the authors have tried to summarize certain recent results of single-crystal studies of molecular and aperiodic structures under high pressure. While the selected contributions do not cover the whole spectrum of high-pressure research, they demonstrate the broad diversity of novel and fascinating results and may awaken the reader's interest in this topic.

  4. Inhomogeneous ordered states and translational nature of the gauge group in the Landau continuum theory: II. Applications of the general theory

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    Braginsky, A. Ya.

    2007-07-15

    A group theory approach to description of phase transitions to an inhomogeneous ordered state, proposed in the preceding paper, is applied to two problems. First, a theory of the state of a liquid-crystalline smectic type-A phase under the action of uniaxial pressure is developed. Second, a model of strengthening in quasicrystals is constructed. According to the proposed approach, the so-called elastic dislocations always appear during the phase transitions in an inhomogeneous deformed state in addition to static dislocations, which are caused by peculiarities of the crystal growth or by other features in the prehistory of a sample. The density of static dislocations weakly depends on the external factors, whereas the density of elastic dislocations depends on the state. An analogy between the proposed theory of the inhomogeneous ordered state and the quantum-field theory of interaction between material fields is considered. On this basis, the phenomenological Ginzburg-Landau equation for the superconducting state is derived using the principle of locality of the transformation properties of the superconducting order parameter with respect to temporal translations.

  5. Digital Alchemy for Materials Design: Colloids and Beyond.

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    van Anders, Greg; Klotsa, Daphne; Karas, Andrew S; Dodd, Paul M; Glotzer, Sharon C

    2015-10-27

    Starting with the early alchemists, a holy grail of science has been to make desired materials by modifying the attributes of basic building blocks. Building blocks that show promise for assembling new complex materials can be synthesized at the nanoscale with attributes that would astonish the ancient alchemists in their versatility. However, this versatility means that making a direct connection between building-block attributes and bulk structure is both necessary for rationally engineering materials and difficult because building block attributes can be altered in many ways. Here we show how to exploit the malleability of the valence of colloidal nanoparticle "elements" to directly and quantitatively link building-block attributes to bulk structure through a statistical thermodynamic framework we term "digital alchemy". We use this framework to optimize building blocks for a given target structure and to determine which building-block attributes are most important to control for self-assembly, through a set of novel thermodynamic response functions, moduli, and susceptibilities. We thereby establish direct links between the attributes of colloidal building blocks and the bulk structures they form. Moreover, our results give concrete solutions to the more general conceptual challenge of optimizing emergent behaviors in nature and can be applied to other types of matter. As examples, we apply digital alchemy to systems of truncated tetrahedra, rhombic dodecahedra, and isotropically interacting spheres that self-assemble diamond, fcc, and icosahedral quasicrystal structures, respectively. Although our focus is on colloidal systems, our methods generalize to any building blocks with adjustable interactions.

  6. Orbits of crystallographic embedding of non-crystallographic groups and applications to virology.

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    Twarock, Reidun; Valiunas, Motiejus; Zappa, Emilio

    2015-11-01

    The architecture of infinite structures with non-crystallographic symmetries can be modelled via aperiodic tilings, but a systematic construction method for finite structures with non-crystallographic symmetry at different radial levels is still lacking. This paper presents a group theoretical method for the construction of finite nested point sets with non-crystallographic symmetry. Akin to the construction of quasicrystals, a non-crystallographic group G is embedded into the point group P of a higher-dimensional lattice and the chains of all G-containing subgroups are constructed. The orbits of lattice points under such subgroups are determined, and it is shown that their projection into a lower-dimensional G-invariant subspace consists of nested point sets with G-symmetry at each radial level. The number of different radial levels is bounded by the index of G in the subgroup of P. In the case of icosahedral symmetry, all subgroup chains are determined explicitly and it is illustrated that these point sets in projection provide blueprints that approximate the organization of simple viral capsids, encoding information on the structural organization of capsid proteins and the genomic material collectively, based on two case studies. Contrary to the affine extensions previously introduced, these orbits endow virus architecture with an underlying finite group structure, which lends itself better to the modelling of dynamic properties than its infinite-dimensional counterpart.

  7. Structural aspects of the fivefold quasicrystalline Al-Cu-Fe surface from STM and dynamical LEED Studies

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    Cai, T.; Shi, F.; Shen, Z.; Gierer, M.; Goldman, A.I.; Kramer, M.J.; Jenks, C.J.; Lograsso, T.A.; Delaney, D.W.; Thiel, P.A.; Van, M.A.

    2001-04-15

    We investigate the atomic structure of the fivefold surface of an icosahedral Al-Cu-Fe alloy, using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) imaging and a special dynamical low energy-electron diffraction (LEED) method. STM indicates that the step heights adopt (primarily) two values in the ratio of tau, but the spatial distribution of these two values does not follow a Fibonacci sequence, thus breaking the ideal bulk-like quasicrystalline layer stacking order perpendicular to the surface. The appearance of screw dislocations in the STM images is another indication of imperfect quasicrystallinity. On the other hand, the LEED analysis, which was successfully applied to Al-Pd-Mn in a previous study, is equally successful for Al-Cu-Fe. Similar structural features are found for both materials, in particular for interlayer relaxations and surface terminations. Although there is no structural periodicity, there are clear atomic planes in the bulk of the quasicrystal, some of which can be grouped in recurring patterns. The surface tends to form between these grouped layers in both alloys. For Al-Cu-Fe, the step heights measured by STM are consistent with the thicknesses of the grouped layers favored in LEED. These results suggest that the fivefold Al-Cu-Fe surface exhibits a quasicrystalline layering structure, but with stacking defects.

  8. Effect of groundwater chemistry on the swelling behavior of a Ca-bentonite for deep geological repository

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    Chen, Wen-Chuan; Huang, Wei-Hsing

    The swelling properties of buffer material for high level radioactive waste repository in a near-field environment are of particular importance for achieving the low permeability sealing function. In this study, the free swelling behavior of a potential buffer material Zhisin clay is evaluated under simulated groundwater conditions such as immersion in NaCl, CaCl2, and Na2SO4 solutions at various concentrations. Experimental results indicate that Zhisin clay, being a Ca-bentonite, exhibits reduced swelling strain in salt solutions. The amount of decrease in swelling strain upon saline water intrusion is affected by both the type and concentration of electrolyte. At the same concentration, the swelling strains in CaCl2 solution are lower than those in NaCl solution due to the quasi-crystals formed in the presence of calcium ions. Also, the swells in Na2SO4 solution are found to be lower than those in NaCl solution. This is attributed to the precipitation of CaSO4, which acts as binding agent and results in aggregation of clay particles.

  9. Diffusive transport through compacted Na- and Ca-bentonite

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    Choi, J.-W.; Oscarson, D. W.

    1996-04-01

    The effect of exchangeable cation — Na + and Ca 2+ — on the diffusive transport of I -, Sr 2+ and 3H (as HTO) in compacted bentonite was examined using a through-diffusion method. Total intrinsic diffusion coefficients, Di, were determined from the steady-state flux of the diffusants through the clays, and apparent diffusion coefficients, Da, were obtained from the time lag technique. The clays were compacted to a dry bulk density of 1.3 Mg/m 3, and Na-bentonite was saturated with a solution of 100 mol NaCl/m3 and Ca-bentonite with one of 50 mol CaCl 2/m 3. The Di values for all diffusants are 2 to 6 times higher in the Ca- than Na-clay. We attribute this to the larger quasicrystal, or particle, size of Ca- compared to Na-bentonite. Hence, Ca-bentonite has a greater proportion of relatively large pores; this was confirmed by Hg intrusion porosimetry. This means the diffusion pathways in Ca-bentonite are less tortuous than those in Na-bentonite. Moreover, in some cases the effective porosity, or the porosity available for diffusive transport, may be greater in Ca-bentonite. The D a values are inversely proportional to the distribution coefficients of the diffusants with the clays.

  10. Color theorems, chiral domain topology, and magnetic properties of Fe(x)TaS2.

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    Horibe, Yoichi; Yang, Junjie; Cho, Yong-Heum; Luo, Xuan; Kim, Sung Baek; Oh, Yoon Seok; Huang, Fei-Ting; Asada, Toshihiro; Tanimura, Makoto; Jeong, Dalyoung; Cheong, Sang-Wook

    2014-06-11

    Common mathematical theories can have profound applications in understanding real materials. The intrinsic connection between aperiodic orders observed in the Fibonacci sequence, Penrose tiling, and quasicrystals is a well-known example. Another example is the self-similarity in fractals and dendrites. From transmission electron microscopy experiments, we found that FexTaS2 crystals with x = 1/4 and 1/3 exhibit complicated antiphase and chiral domain structures related to ordering of intercalated Fe ions with 2a × 2a and √3a × √3a superstructures, respectively. These complex domain patterns are found to be deeply related with the four color theorem, stating that four colors are sufficient to identify the countries on a planar map with proper coloring and its variations for two-step proper coloring. Furthermore, the domain topology is closely relevant to their magnetic properties. Our discovery unveils the importance of understanding the global topology of domain configurations in functional materials. PMID:24841114

  11. Understanding shape entropy through local dense packing.

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    van Anders, Greg; Klotsa, Daphne; Ahmed, N Khalid; Engel, Michael; Glotzer, Sharon C

    2014-11-11

    Entropy drives the phase behavior of colloids ranging from dense suspensions of hard spheres or rods to dilute suspensions of hard spheres and depletants. Entropic ordering of anisotropic shapes into complex crystals, liquid crystals, and even quasicrystals was demonstrated recently in computer simulations and experiments. The ordering of shapes appears to arise from the emergence of directional entropic forces (DEFs) that align neighboring particles, but these forces have been neither rigorously defined nor quantified in generic systems. Here, we show quantitatively that shape drives the phase behavior of systems of anisotropic particles upon crowding through DEFs. We define DEFs in generic systems and compute them for several hard particle systems. We show they are on the order of a few times the thermal energy ([Formula: see text]) at the onset of ordering, placing DEFs on par with traditional depletion, van der Waals, and other intrinsic interactions. In experimental systems with these other interactions, we provide direct quantitative evidence that entropic effects of shape also contribute to self-assembly. We use DEFs to draw a distinction between self-assembly and packing behavior. We show that the mechanism that generates directional entropic forces is the maximization of entropy by optimizing local particle packing. We show that this mechanism occurs in a wide class of systems and we treat, in a unified way, the entropy-driven phase behavior of arbitrary shapes, incorporating the well-known works of Kirkwood, Onsager, and Asakura and Oosawa. PMID:25344532

  12. Ligand Exchange Governs the Crystal Structures in Binary Nanocrystal Superlattices.

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    Wei, Jingjing; Schaeffer, Nicolas; Pileni, Marie-Paule

    2015-11-25

    The surface chemistry in colloidal nanocrystals on the final crystalline structure of binary superlattices produced by self-assembly of two sets of nanocrystals is hereby demonstrated. By mixing nanocrystals having two different sizes and the same coating agent, oleylamine (OAM), the binary nanocrystal superlattices that are produced, such as NaCl, AlB2, NaZn13, and MgZn2, are well in agreement with the crystalline structures predicted by the hard-sphere model, their formation being purely driven by entropic forces. By opposition, when large and small nanocrystals are coated with two different ligands [OAM and dodecanethiol (DDT), respectively] while keeping all other experimental conditions unchanged, the final binary structures markedly change and various structures with lower packing densities, such as Cu3Au, CaB6, and quasicrystals, are observed. This effect of the nanocrystals' coating agents could also be extended to other binary systems, such as Ag-Au and CoFe2O4-Ag supracrystalline binary lattices. In order to understand this effect, a mechanism based on ligand exchange process is proposed. Ligand exchange mechanism is believed to affect the thermodynamics in the formation of binary systems composed of two sets of nanocrystals with different sizes and bearing two different coating agents. Hence, the formation of binary superlattices with lower packing densities may be favored kinetically because the required energetic penalty is smaller than that of a denser structure. PMID:26549642

  13. Bloch-like waves in random-walk potentials based on supersymmetry

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    Yu, Sunkyu; Piao, Xianji; Hong, Jiho; Park, Namkyoo

    2015-01-01

    Bloch's theorem was a major milestone that established the principle of bandgaps in crystals. Although it was once believed that bandgaps could form only under conditions of periodicity and long-range correlations for Bloch's theorem, this restriction was disproven by the discoveries of amorphous media and quasicrystals. While network and liquid models have been suggested for the interpretation of Bloch-like waves in disordered media, these approaches based on searching for random networks with bandgaps have failed in the deterministic creation of bandgaps. Here we reveal a deterministic pathway to bandgaps in random-walk potentials by applying the notion of supersymmetry to the wave equation. Inspired by isospectrality, we follow a methodology in contrast to previous methods: we transform order into disorder while preserving bandgaps. Our approach enables the formation of bandgaps in extremely disordered potentials analogous to Brownian motion, and also allows the tuning of correlations while maintaining identical bandgaps, thereby creating a family of potentials with ‘Bloch-like eigenstates'. PMID:26373616

  14. Phase-contrast imaging in aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy.

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    Krumeich, F; Müller, E; Wepf, R A

    2013-06-01

    Although the presence of phase-contrast information in bright field images recorded with a scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM) has been known for a long time, its systematic exploitation for the structural characterization of materials began only with the availability of aberration-corrected microscopes that allow sufficiently large illumination angles. Today, phase-contrast STEM (PC-STEM) imaging represents an increasingly important alternative to the well-established HRTEM method. In both methods, the image contrast is coherently generated and thus depends not only on illumination and collection angles but on defocus and specimen thickness as well. By PC-STEM, a projection of the crystal potential is obtained in thin areas, with the scattering sites being represented either with dark or bright contrast at two different defocus values which are both close to Gaussian defocus. This imaging behavior can be further investigated by image simulations performed with standard HRTEM simulation software based on the principle of reciprocity. As examples for the application of this method, PC-STEM results obtained on metal nanoparticles and dodecagonal quasicrystals dd-(Ta,V)₁.₆Te are discussed.

  15. A new phasing method based on the principle of minimum charge.

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    Kalugin, P

    2001-11-01

    A new method for phase determination in X-ray crystallography is proposed. The method is based on the so-called 'minimum-charge' principle, recently suggested by Elser [Acta Cryst. (1999), A55, 489-499]. The electron-density function rho is sought in the form rho(x) = /psi(x)/2, where psi is an n-component real function. The norm integral/psi(x)/2dx is minimized under the constraint imposed by the measured data on the amplitudes of Fourier harmonics of rho. Compared with the straightforward implementation of the 'minimum-charge' scheme, the method attenuates the Gibbs phenomenon and is also capable of extrapolation of the diffraction data beyond the set of measured amplitudes. The method is applicable to quasicrystals under the condition that the number of components n of the function psi is bigger than the dimensionality of the 'atomic surface'. It has been successfully tested on synthetic data for a Fibonacci chain and octagonal tiling. In the latter case, the reconstructed density map shows the shape of the atomic surface, despite relatively low resolution data.

  16. Strongly correlated Fermi systems as a new state of matter

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    Shaginyan, V. R.; Msezane, A. Z.; Japaridze, G. S.; Popov, K. G.; Khodel, V. A.

    2016-10-01

    The aim of this review paper is to expose a new state of matter exhibited by strongly correlated Fermi systems represented by various heavy-fermion (HF) metals, two-dimensional liquids like 3He, compounds with quantum spin liquids, quasicrystals, and systems with one-dimensional quantum spin liquid. We name these various systems HF compounds, since they exhibit the behavior typical of HF metals. In HF compounds at zero temperature the unique phase transition, dubbed throughout as the fermion condensation quantum phase transition (FCQPT) can occur; this FCQPT creates flat bands which in turn lead to the specific state, known as the fermion condensate. Unlimited increase of the effective mass of quasiparticles signifies FCQPT; these quasiparticles determine the thermodynamic, transport and relaxation properties of HF compounds. Our discussion of numerous salient experimental data within the framework of FCQPT resolves the mystery of the new state of matter. Thus, FCQPT and the fermion condensation can be considered as the universal reason for the non-Fermi liquid behavior observed in various HF compounds. We show analytically and using arguments based completely on the experimental grounds that these systems exhibit universal scaling behavior of their thermodynamic, transport and relaxation properties. Therefore, the quantum physics of different HF compounds is universal, and emerges regardless of the microscopic structure of the compounds. This uniform behavior allows us to view it as the main characteristic of a new state of matter exhibited by HF compounds.

  17. Comparison of soil water potential sensors

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    Degre, Aurore; van der Ploeg, Martine; Caldwell, Todd; Gooren, Harm

    2015-04-01

    Temporal and spatial monitoring of soil water potential and soil water content are necessary for quantifying water flow in the domains of hydrology, soil science and crop production as knowledge of the soil water retention curve is important for solving Richards' equation. Numerous measurement techniques exist nowadays that use various physical properties of the soil-water complex to record changes in soil water content or soil water potential. Laboratory techniques are very useful to determine static properties of the soil water retention curve, and have been used to show the impacts of hysteresis. Yet, other spatiotemporal dynamics resulting from for example growing root systems, biological activity, periodic tillage and their impact on the soil structure cannot satisfactory be quantified in static setups in the laboratory. ). To be able to quantify the influence of soil heterogeneity, and spatiotemporal dynamics on the soil water retention curve, an in situ approach combining soil moisture and soil water potential measurements could provide useful data. Such an in situ approach would require sensors that can measure a representative part of the soil water retention curve. The volumetric soil water content is often measured using time domain reflectometry, and has gained widespread acceptance as a standard electronic means of volumetric water content measurement. To measure the soil water potential, water filled tensiometers are used in most studies. Unfortunately, their range remains limited due to cavitation. Recently, several new sensors for use under in situ conditions have been proposed to cover a wider range of pressure head: Polymer tensiometers, MPS (Decagon) and pF-meter (ecoTech). In this study, we present the principles behind each measurement technique. Then we present the results of a fully controlled experiment where we compared two MPS sensors, two pF-meter sensors and two POT sensors in the same repacked soil. It allows us to discuss advantages

  18. A fully automated meltwater monitoring and collection system for spatially distributed isotope analysis in snowmelt-dominated catchments

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    Rücker, Andrea; Boss, Stefan; Von Freyberg, Jana; Zappa, Massimiliano; Kirchner, James

    2016-04-01

    In many mountainous catchments the seasonal snowpack stores a significant volume of water, which is released as streamflow during the melting period. The predicted change in future climate will bring new challenges in water resource management in snow-dominated headwater catchments and their receiving lowlands. To improve predictions of hydrologic extreme events, particularly summer droughts, it is important characterize the relationship between winter snowpack and summer (low) flows in such areas (e.g., Godsey et al., 2014). In this context, stable water isotopes (18O, 2H) are a powerful tool for fingerprinting the sources of streamflow and tracing water flow pathways. For this reason, we have established an isotope sampling network in the Alptal catchment (46.4 km2) in Central-Switzerland as part of the SREP-Drought project (Snow Resources and the Early Prediction of hydrological DROUGHT in mountainous streams). Samples of precipitation (daily), snow cores (weekly) and runoff (daily) are analyzed for their isotopic signature in a regular cycle. Precipitation is also sampled along a horizontal transect at the valley bottom, and along an elevational transect. Additionally, the analysis of snow meltwater is of importance. As the sample collection of snow meltwater in mountainous terrain is often impractical, we have developed a fully automatic snow lysimeter system, which measures meltwater volume and collects samples for isotope analysis at daily intervals. The system consists of three lysimeters built from Decagon-ECRN-100 High Resolution Rain Gauges as standard component that allows monitoring of meltwater flow. Each lysimeter leads the meltwater into a 10-liter container that is automatically sampled and then emptied daily. These water samples are replaced regularly and analyzed afterwards on their isotopic composition in the lab. Snow melt events as well as system status can be monitored in real time. In our presentation we describe the automatic snow lysimeter

  19. A thermal inertia model for soil water content retrieval using thermal and multispectral images

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    Maltese, A.; Minacapilli, M.; Cammalleri, C.; Ciraolo, G.; D'Asaro, F.

    2010-10-01

    Soil moisture is difficult to quantify because of its high spatial variability. Consequently, great efforts have been undertaken by the research community to develop practical remote sensing approaches to estimate the spatial distribution of surface soil moisture over large areas and with high spatial detail. Many methodologies have been developed using remote sensing data acquiring information in different parts of the electromagnetic spectrum. Conventional field measurement techniques (including gravimetric and time-domain reflectometry) are point-based, involve on-site operators, are time expensive and, in any case, do not provide exhaustive information on the spatial distribution of soil moisture because it strongly depends on pedology, soil roughness and vegetation cover. The technological development of imaging sensors acquiring in the visible (VIS), near infrared (NIR) and thermal infrared (TIR), renewed the research interest in setting up remote sensed based techniques aimed to retrieve soil water content variability in the soil-plant-atmosphere system (SPA). In this context different approaches have been widely applied at regional scale throughout synthetic indexes based on VIS, NIR and TIR spectral bands. A laboratory experiment has been carried out to verify a physically based model based on the remote estimation of the soil thermal inertia, P, to indirectly retrieve the soil surface water content, θ. The paper shows laboratory retrievals using simultaneously a FLIR A320G thermal camera, a six bands customized TETRACAM MCA II (Multiple Camera Array) multispectral camera working in the VIS/NIR part of the spectrum. Using these two type of sensors a set of VIS/NIR and TIR images were acquired as the main input dataset to retrieve the spatial variability of the thermal inertia values. Moreover, given that the accuracy of the proposed approach strongly depends on the accurate estimation of the soil thermal conductivity, a Decagon Device KD2 PRO thermal

  20. Estimating water retention curves for sandy soils at the Doñana National Park, SW Spain

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    Prados Garcia, M. Luisa; Vanderlinden, Karl; Guardiola-Albert, Carolina; Giraldez Cervera, Juan Vicente; Guber, Andrey K.; Pachepsky, Yakov A.

    2010-05-01

    The determination of soil water retention curves (SWRC) in the laboratory is a slow and tedious task, which is especially challenging for sandy soils due to their low water retention capacity and large water content changes for small pressure head differences. Due to spatial variability within larger areas and difficulties to obtain minimally disturbed soil samples, especially under dry conditions, laboratory measurements of the SWRCs are only suitable for guidance, as a consequence of their low representativity and accuracy. This work was developed within the framework of a research project on the ecohydrological behaviour of the soil-plant-atmosphere system within the Doñana National Park (SW Spain). In order to characterise the hydrological behaviour of the soils, a good estimation of water retention curves and hydraulic parameters is needed. Ten locations within the study area were equipped with soil moisture sensors (ECH2O-EC20, Decagon Devices Inc.) to monitor volumetric water content at different depths throughout the vadose zone. These data allow the estimation of water fluxes and recharge of the underlying aquifer, which plays a crucial role in the wetland system of the Park, declared by UNESCO as Biosphere Reserve. In this work three methods for estimating SWRCs were developed and compared. First, sand and kaolin suction tables were used to obtain SWRCs for both minimally disturbed and disturbed samples. Second, SWRC were estimated with HYDRUS-1D using the monitored volumetric soil water content data. Finally, SWRCs were estimated using the additivity hypothesis, based on the idea that SWRCs can be approximated by summing up SWRCs corresponding to different particle-size and pore-space classes of which the soil is composed. Particle-size distributions were determined in the laboratory while water retention data for the different particle-size classes were taken from literature. The comparison of these three methods allowed us to define their strengths

  1. Geophysical measures on a grassland of the high plateaus in the Vercors mountain (French Prealps): analysis of the local and regional hydroclimatic variations

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    Bigot, Sylvain; Rome, Sandra; Biron, Romain; Laurent, Jean-Paul; Lebel, Thierry; Dedieu, Jean-Pierre

    2010-05-01

    Territorial administrators (regional parks and reserves, forestry service, national and regional environnemental services) look for precise scientific elements to understand, prevent or mitigate the consequences of climate change on the ecosystem and on the socioeconomic activities of the French Prealps. They wish for example especially to improve the environmental mapping of ecologically sensitive areas related to agro-pastoral activities and the management of water ressources in the Vercors massif. Geophysical measures at a local scale should allow scientists to validate outputs of regional climate model which are still widely improvable in mountain context. This study present an original network of hydrometeorological measuring equipment installed on a grassland (named ‘Meadow of Darbounouse', 44°58'N - 5°28'E; about 0.8 km²) and located at 1300 m asl elevation on the high plateau of Vercors. This little stony basin (3,8 km of perimeter) surrounded by forested ridge lines and located into the Biological Reserve, represents at the same time a well known grazing land and a place of huge thermal amplitude (i.e. <-30°C in winter and >32°C in summer). Hydropedological variations are there also significant for this karstic catchment area, modulated by summer droughts and possible partial flooding from spring melting snow. Since 2005, an automatic weather Campbell station was installed in the North of the basin, measuring rainfall, temperatures, wind and global radiation. In 2009 several meteorological data loggers (temperature and relative humidity) were installed in suburb of the basin. In complement 24 soil moisture sensors (10HS, Decagon Devices) were buried below the surface of the ground (5 and 15 cm) to measure the dielectric constant (i.e. the volumetric water content) at 6 representative places of the basin. Finally a groundwater data logger (OTT Orpheus Mini) based on a pressure probe and for the storage of water level and temperature was settled in

  2. EXAFS and Computer Modeling Studies of the Structures of Aperiodic Crystals.

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    Ma, Yanjun

    EXAFS technique and computer modeling are used to investigate the structures of the aperiodic alloys, including icosahedral Al-Mn-(Si), Al-(Fe,Mn)-Si, Al-Cu -Li and decagonal Al-Mn, Al-(Fe,Mn) alloys. Some related crystalline compounds, including Al_4Mn, beta-AlMnSi, and Al_ {12}Mn, are also studied. Through comparisons with closely related crystalline compounds, particularly alpha-AlMnSi and R-AlCuLi, a good understanding of the local structures of the aperiodic alloys around TM elements is obtained. We identified the structural units in i-AlMnSi and in i-AlCuLi type of icosahedral alloys as a Mackay icosahedron (MI) of 54 atoms and a truncated icosahedron of about 104 atoms, respectively. The dimensions of the units are given. In addition, information concerning the connection between these units in the icosahedral phases is obtained. It is found that in i-AlMnSi each MI has a coordination of about seven as opposed to the eight in alpha -AlMnSi. The connection between the MI in the i -phase is also somewhat disordered. A new technique of EXAFS data analysis is applied to yield the radial distribution function of the aperiodic alloys. This technique is especially effective in studying non-gaussian distributions, and will have wide applications in EXAFS studies of the structures of amorphous metals. Close similarities between the Mn shells of i -AlMnSi and those of alpha-AlMnSi indicate that the cubic distortion of the MI in alpha-MlMnSi remains in i-AlMnSi. It is thus concluded that small cubic regions of size about 40 A exist in the icosahedral phase. Based on the EXAFS results two models for the structure of the icosahedral phase are presented. One is a randomly connected icosahedra model. In the second model, microcrystallites are added to the first one to simulate the EXAFS results that small crystallites exist in the i-phase. It is found by computer simulation that the second model improves many properties of the first model and is in better agreement with

  3. New instruments for soil physics class: Improving the laboratory and field seminars

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    Klipa, Vladimir; Jankovec, Jakub; Snehota, Michal

    2014-05-01

    Teaching soil science and soil physics is an important part of the curriculum of many programs with focus on technical and natural sciences. Courses of soil science and namely soil physics have a long tradition at the faculty of Civil Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Prague. Students receive the theoretical foundations about soil classification, soil physics, soil chemistry and soil hydraulic characteristics in the course. In practical seminars students perform measurements of physical, hydraulic and chemical characteristics of soils, thus a comprehensive survey of soil is done in the given site. So far, students had the opportunity to use old, manually operated instrumentation. The project aims to improve the attractiveness of soil physics course and to extend the practical skills of students by introducing new tasks and by involving modern automated equipment. New instruments were purchased with the support of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic under the project FRVS No. 1162/2013 G1. Specifically, two tensiometers T8 with multi-functional handheld read-out unit (UMS, GmbH) and manual Mini Disk Infiltrometer (Decagon Devices, Inc.) were purchased and incorporated into the course. In addition, newly designed MultiDisk the automated mini disk Infiltrometer (CTU in Prague) and combined temperature and soil moisture TDT sensor TMS 2 (TOMST®, s.r.o.), were made freely available for soil physics classes and included into the courses. Online tutorials and instructional videos were developed. Detailed multimedia teaching materials were introduced so that students are able to work more independently. Students will practice operating the digital tensiometer T8 with integrated temperature sensor and manual Mini Disk Infiltrometer (diameter disk: 4.4 cm, suction range: 0.5 to 7.0 cm of suction) and MultiDisk the automated mini disk Infiltrometer (see Klipa et al., EGU2014-7230) and combined temperature and soil moisture TDT

  4. Comparison of four soil moisture sensor types under field conditions in Switzerland

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    Mittelbach, Heidi; Lehner, Irene; Seneviratne, Sonia I.

    2012-04-01

    SummaryMany environmental and hydrological applications require knowledge about soil moisture. Its measurement accuracy is known to depend on the sensor technique, which is sensitive to soil characteristics such as texture, temperature, bulk density and salinity. However, the calibration functions provided by instrument manufacturers are generally developed under laboratory conditions, and their accuracy for field applications is rarely investigated, in particular over long time periods and in comparison with other sensors types. In this paper, four side-by-side profile soil moisture measurements down to 110 cm using three low-cost sensors and one high-accuracy and high-cost time domain reflectometry (TDR) sensor are compared over a 2-year period at a clay loam site in Switzerland. The low-cost instruments include the (1) 10HS (Decagon Devices, United States), (2) CS616 (Campbell Scientific, United States), and (3) SISOMOP (SMG University of Karlsruhe, Germany) sensors, which are evaluated against the (4) TDR-based TRIME-IT/-EZ (IMKO GmbH, Germany) sensors. For the comparison, the calibration functions provided by the manufacturers are applied for each sensor type. The sensors are evaluated based on daily data regarding their representation of the volumetric water content (VWC) and its anomalies, as well as the respective temperature dependency of the measurements. Furthermore, for each sensor type the actual evapotranspiration is estimated using the soil water balance approach and compared with measurements from a weighing lysimeter. It is shown that the root mean square difference (RMSD) of VWC for the low-cost sensors compared to the TDR measurements are up to 0.3 m3/m3, with highest values in near-surface layers. However, the RMSD for the VWC anomalies are lower compared to those for absolute values. We conclude that under the studied conditions none of the evaluated low-cost sensors has a level of performance consistent with the respective manufacturer

  5. Using Streambed Temperature Time Series to Calculate Natural Changes in Streambed Elevation: the Influence of Rain Events

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    Sebok, E.; Engesgaard, P. K.; Duque, C.

    2014-12-01

    The phase shift and amplitude ratio of the diurnal temperature signal of paired streambed temperature sensors have already been used successfully to calculate vertical groundwater fluxes assuming a constant vertical distance between the sensors. Sedimentation and scouring however, can change the position of temperature sensors relative to the streambed influencing calculated groundwater fluxes. Here we report on a field investigation, where streambed sediment temperature time series were used to; (i) determine the range of natural sedimentation and scour over a two month period, (ii) study the influence of rain events on the calculated streambed elevation. The study was carried out at a field site located along Holtum stream, in Western Denmark. The 3 m wide stream has a sandy streambed, a mean discharge of 200 l/s and a mean depth of 0.3 m. Streambed temperatures were measured at two locations in a straight stream section with a vertical high-resolution Distributed Temperature Sensing (DTS) system installed 0.7 m deep in the streambed. Temperature measurements were taken with 30 min intervals between 16 April and 25 June 2013 and streambed elevation was recorded on 24 May and 17 June 2013. The effective thermal diffusivity (κe ) of streambed sediments was measured on 17 June 2013 by a KD2 Pro SH-1 sensor (Decagon Devices). The phase and amplitude of the diurnal temperature signal of paired sensors were extracted by VFLUX. The κe of streambed sediments was calibrated based on measured streambed elevations and validated by in-situ measurements. The range of potential streambed elevation over the two month period was calculated by assuming; (i) sedimentation, using the calibrated κe for saturated streambed sediments, (ii) scouring, using κe for stream water between the temperature sensors. Under natural conditions, streambed elevation changes by 5-12 cm during the two month period and by 1-3 cm even during base flow conditions, emphasizing the importance of

  6. Abrupt changes in soil water content variability for various time scales and at different depths at the catchment scale

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    Rosenbaum, U.; Herbst, M.; Huisman, J. A.; Weuthen, A.; Petersen, T. J.; Western, A. W.; Vereecken, H.; Bogena, H. R.

    2010-12-01

    A current challenge in hydrology is to observe, explain and model soil water content (SWC) patterns across multiple space-time scales. A promising technique for the assessment of SWC patterns at the catchment scale is the wireless sensor network. This technique has the potential to continuously monitor three-dimensional SWC fields with high spatial and temporal resolution, i.e. to detect abrupt changes in SWC patterns. The objective of this study was to analyze the dynamics of SWC patterns at the TERENO forest hydrologic observatory Wüstebach (0.27 km2) for different depths (surface and subsurface soil) and various time scales (annual, seasonal scale and wetting and drying periods). We used the SoilNet wireless network system developed at Forschungszentrum Jülich. SWC measurements were taken every 15 minutes in three depths (5, 20, 50 cm) at 150 locations using EC-5 and 5TE sensors (Decagon Devices). This particular analysis is based on hourly aggregated SWC data measured from 1st of August 2009 to 31st of July 2010. Descriptive statistics and geostatistics were used to investigate the data set depending on soil depth and time scale. We analyzed the mean SWC, standard deviation, coefficient of variation and geostatististical parameters (nugget, sill and range) as a function of time and mean SWC. We found that the dynamics of SWC variability depended on depth, mean soil moisture status, time scale and wetting versus drying period. The magnitude and the variability of the mean SWC, standard deviation, coefficient of variation, and the range decreased with depth depending on soil moisture status. As already observed by others, the standard deviation peaked at medium (critical) SWC, which means that during wetting the standard deviation increased for mean SWC below the critical SWC and decreased above the mean SWC (and vice versa for drying). In addition, we observed that the standard deviation was higher during wetting periods than during drying periods in the

  7. In situ spectral measurements improve the efficiency of light use efficiency models to estimate gross primary productivity in Mediterranean cork oak woodland

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    Cerasoli, S.; Silva, J. M.; Carvalhais, N.; Correia, A.; Costa e Silva, F.; Pereira, J. S.

    2013-12-01

    monthly basis, always around noon, on clear days. At the same time, under canopy PAR was measured by a ceptometer (AccuPAR LP-80, Decagon) and the quantum efficiency of PSII of cork oak leaves was measured by a pulse-modulated fluorometer (miniPAM, Walz). The temporal series of NDVI and PRI were different among the three PFT as well as their relationship with biophysical properties of vegetation. Being the largest intra- and inter-annual variability observed in the herbaceous layer. The spectral indexes were integrated into a LUE model and GPP estimates were performed optimizing individual parameters for each PFT. The cover fraction and varying tower footprints were used to calculate the contribution of each PFT to the overall GPP. The evaluation of the PFT-disaggregated optimization against eddy covariance measurements revealed an increase in the model efficiency when compared with lumped GPP estimates using MODIS spectral data.

  8. Minidisk against ring infiltrometer measurements to assess the saturated hydraulic conductivity in Mediterranean vineyards (Vitis vinifera L.) under Tillage and No-Tillage managements

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    Burguet, Maria; Di Prima, Simone; Prosdocimi, Massimo; Taguas, Encarnación V.; Cerdà, Artemi

    2016-04-01

    is also found in forest and degraded soils. The aim of our work was to test two different ks measuring methodologies -the ring infiltrometer and the mini-disc infiltrometer (Decagon Devices, Pullman, WA.2005), in order to check how the differences in measuring affects to the ks calculations. This would give an idea of which methodology would be more appropriate to use regarding the time-consume, effort and costs of the measuring material. The measurements were carried out during November 2015 at El Celler del Roure, a 25-years old vineyard located in Les Alcusses (Moixent, Spain). The soil managements selected for the study were Conventional Tillage (CT) and No Tillage (NT). A total of 18 infiltration measurements were performed (9 for CT and 9 for NT). In order to homogenize the measuring times, the measuring time for each methodology lasted 1 hour. ks values were calculated derived from Green and Ampt's (1911) and Horton's (1941) equations in order to discuss the impact of the methodologies applied. Statistically significant differences (p=.000) were found when applying both methodologies between CT and NT at both time and measures. However, there is still a need to understand how both methodologies influence in the variation of the parameters used for the Green and Ampt's (1911) and Horton's (1941) models. Acknowledgements: The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n° 603498 (RECARE project). References: Cammeraat, E., Cerdà, A. and Imeson, A.C. 2010. Ecohydrological adaptation of soils following land abandonment in a semiarid environment. Ecohydrology, 3: 421-430. doi:10.1002/eco.161 Cerdà, A. 1997. Seasonal changes of the infiltration rates in a mediterranean scrubland on limestone. Journal of Hydrology, 198: 209-225. doi:10.1016/S0022-1694(96)03295-7 Cerdà, A. 1999. Seasonal and spatial variations in infiltration rates in badland surfaces under

  9. Book Review:

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    Dudarev, Sergei

    2004-02-01

    The investigation of the microstructure of solids using particle scattering techniques is a fairly mature field where both the experimental techniques and theoretical models have now reached a significant degree of sophistication. The set of lectures given at the 157th WE-Heraeus Seminar on 'Particle Scattering, X-ray Diffraction, and Microstructure of Solids and Liquids', edited by M L Ristig and K A Gernoth and published by Springer Verlag, gives a powerful introduction to the current state of theoretical methods and experimental techniques developed in the field. The lectures cover a broad range of advanced topics ranging from the 'zoological garden' of defects and excitations of condensed isotopes of helium to a fairly difficult treatment of diffraction and diffuse scattering associated with double-beam experiments. There are a number of specific points that I am sure will attract the attention of an interested reader. The last chapter of the book (by G Eckold) gives a nearly ideal introduction to the field of neutron scattering. Not only does it cover in just a few pages all the main points that a non-expert needs to know about inelastic neutron scattering, but it also directs the reader to a number of significant recent publications. The chapter on diffuse scattering by disorder and quasicrystals deserves special mention. It is very well written and the expertise of the author (F Frey) is illustrated by the quality of explanations of some fairly difficult concepts including, for example, the use of projection from higher-dimensional space in the treatment of scattering by quasicrystals (see e.g. figures 10 and 11). The reader will probably enjoy seeing a curious misprint in the definition of the Fourier transform in the very first equation of the chapter. The treatment of one- and two-body densities and their relation to Bragg and diffuse scattering given in the chapter written by K Gernoth is very powerful technically but could be made more readable if a

  10. Preface: Proceedings of the 13th Conference on Liquid and Amorphous Metals (LAM13) (Ekaterinburg, Russia, 8 14 July 2007)

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    Popel, Pjotr; Gelchinskii, Boris; Sidorov, Valeriy

    2008-03-01

    The most recent developments in the field of liquid and amorphous metals and alloys are regularly updated through two complementary international conferences: the liquid and amorphous metals conference (LAM) and the rapidly quenched materials (RQ) conference. The first series of conferences started as LM1 in 1966 at Brookhaven for the basic understanding of liquid metals. The subsequent LM conferences were held in Tokyo (1972) and Bristol (1976). The conference was renewed in Grenoble (1980) as a LAM conference including amorphous metals and continued in Los Angeles (1983), Garmisch-Partenkirchen (1986), Kyoto (1989), Vienna (1992), Chicago (1995), Dortmund (1998), Yokohama (2001) and Metz (2004). The conferences are mainly devoted to liquid and amorphous metals and alloys. However, communications on some non-metallic systems such as semiconductors, quasicrystals etc, are also accepted. The conference tradition strongly encourages participation from junior researchers and graduate students. The 13th conference of the LAM series was organized in Ekaterinburg, Russia, by the Institute of Metallurgy of the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IMet UB RAS) and the Ural State Pedagogical University (USPU), and held from 8-14 July 2007 under the chairmanship of Professors Pjotr Popel (USPU) and Boris Gelchinskii (IMet UB RAS). Two hundred and forty two active participants and about 60 guest participants from 20 countries attended the conference. There were no parallel sessions and all oral reports were separated into three groups: invited talks (40 min), full-scale oral reports (25 min), and brief oral reports (15 min). The program included ten sessions, ranging from purely theoretical subjects to the technological application of molten and amorphous alloys. The following sessions took place: A: Electronic structure and transport, magnetic properties; B: Phase transitions; C: Structure; D: Atomic dynamics and transport; E: Thermodynamics; F: Modelling

  11. Double diffraction of quasiperiodic structures and Bayesian image reconstruction

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    Xu, Jian

    2006-04-01

    We study the spectrum of quasiperiodic structures by using quasiperiodic pulse trains. We find a single sharp diffraction peak when the dynamics of the incident wave matches the arrangement of the scatterers, that is, when the pulse train and the scatterers are in resonance. The maximum diffraction angle and the resonant pulse train determine the positions of the scatterers. These results may provide a methodology for identifying quasicrystals with a very large signal-to-noise ratio. We propose a double diffraction scheme to identify one-dimensional quasiperiodic structures with high precision. The scheme uses a set of scatterers to produce a sequence of quasiperiodic pulses from a single pulse, and then uses these pulses to determine the structure of the second set of scatterers. We find the maximum allowable number of target scatterers, given an experimental setup. Our calculation confirms our simulation results. The reverse problem of spectroscopy is reconstruction that is, given an experimental image, how to reconstruct the original as faithfully as possible. We study the general image reconstruction problem under the Bayesian inference framework. We designed a modified multiplicity prior distribution, and use Gibbs sampling to reconstruct the latent image. In contrast with the traditional entropy prior, our modified multiplicity prior avoids the Sterling's formula approximation, incorporates an Occam's razor, and automatically adapts for the information content in the noisy input. We argue that the mean posterior image is a better representation than the maximum a posterior (MAP) image. We also optimize the Gibbs sampling algorithm to determine the high-dimensional posterior density distribution with high efficiency. Our algorithm runs N2 faster than traditional Gibbs sampler. With the knowledge of the full posterior distribution, statistical measures such as standard error and confident interval can be easily generated. Our algorithm is not only useful for

  12. Fermion condensate generates a new state of matter by making flat bands

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    Shaginyan, V. R.; Popov, K. G.; Khodel, V. A.

    2014-09-01

    This short review paper is devoted to 90th anniversary of S.T. Belyaev birthday. Belyaev's ideas associated with the condensate state in Bose interacting systems have stimulated intensive studies of the possible manifestation of such a condensation in Fermi systems. In many Fermi systems and compounds at zero temperature a phase transition happens that leads to a quite specific state called fermion condensation. As a signal of such a fermion condensation quantum phase transition (FCQPT) serves unlimited increase of the effective mass of quasiparticles that determines the excitation spectrum and creates flat bands. We show that the class of Fermi liquids with the fermion condensate forms a new state of matter. We discuss the phase diagrams and the physical properties of systems located near that phase transition. A common and essential feature of such systems is quasiparticles different from those suggested by L.D. Landau by crucial dependence of their effective mass on temperature, external magnetic field, pressure, etc. It is demonstrated that a huge amount of experimental data collected on different compounds suggest that they, starting from some temperature and down, form the new state of matter, and are governed by the fermion condensation. Our discussion shows that the theory of fermion condensation develops completely good description of the NFL behavior of strongly correlated Fermi systems. Moreover, the fermion condensation can be considered as the universal reason for the NFL behavior observed in various HF metals, liquids, compounds with quantum spin liquids, and quasicrystals. We show that these systems exhibit universal scaling behavior of their thermodynamic properties. Therefore, the quantum critical physics of different strongly correlated compounds is universal, and emerges regardless of the underlying microscopic details of the compounds. This uniform behavior, governed by the universal quantum critical physics, allows us to view it as the main

  13. Platonic solids generate their four-dimensional analogues.

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    Dechant, Pierre Philippe

    2013-11-01

    This paper shows how regular convex 4-polytopes - the analogues of the Platonic solids in four dimensions - can be constructed from three-dimensional considerations concerning the Platonic solids alone. Via the Cartan-Dieudonné theorem, the reflective symmetries of the Platonic solids generate rotations. In a Clifford algebra framework, the space of spinors generating such three-dimensional rotations has a natural four-dimensional Euclidean structure. The spinors arising from the Platonic solids can thus in turn be interpreted as vertices in four-dimensional space, giving a simple construction of the four-dimensional polytopes 16-cell, 24-cell, the F4 root system and the 600-cell. In particular, these polytopes have `mysterious' symmetries, that are almost trivial when seen from the three-dimensional spinorial point of view. In fact, all these induced polytopes are also known to be root systems and thus generate rank-4 Coxeter groups, which can be shown to be a general property of the spinor construction. These considerations thus also apply to other root systems such as A(1)\\oplus I(2)(n) which induces I(2)(n)\\oplus I(2)(n), explaining the existence of the grand antiprism and the snub 24-cell, as well as their symmetries. These results are discussed in the wider mathematical context of Arnold's trinities and the McKay correspondence. These results are thus a novel link between the geometries of three and four dimensions, with interesting potential applications on both sides of the correspondence, to real three-dimensional systems with polyhedral symmetries such as (quasi)crystals and viruses, as well as four-dimensional geometries arising for instance in Grand Unified Theories and string and M-theory. PMID:24132220

  14. Platonic solids generate their four-dimensional analogues.

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    Dechant, Pierre Philippe

    2013-11-01

    This paper shows how regular convex 4-polytopes - the analogues of the Platonic solids in four dimensions - can be constructed from three-dimensional considerations concerning the Platonic solids alone. Via the Cartan-Dieudonné theorem, the reflective symmetries of the Platonic solids generate rotations. In a Clifford algebra framework, the space of spinors generating such three-dimensional rotations has a natural four-dimensional Euclidean structure. The spinors arising from the Platonic solids can thus in turn be interpreted as vertices in four-dimensional space, giving a simple construction of the four-dimensional polytopes 16-cell, 24-cell, the F4 root system and the 600-cell. In particular, these polytopes have `mysterious' symmetries, that are almost trivial when seen from the three-dimensional spinorial point of view. In fact, all these induced polytopes are also known to be root systems and thus generate rank-4 Coxeter groups, which can be shown to be a general property of the spinor construction. These considerations thus also apply to other root systems such as A(1)\\oplus I(2)(n) which induces I(2)(n)\\oplus I(2)(n), explaining the existence of the grand antiprism and the snub 24-cell, as well as their symmetries. These results are discussed in the wider mathematical context of Arnold's trinities and the McKay correspondence. These results are thus a novel link between the geometries of three and four dimensions, with interesting potential applications on both sides of the correspondence, to real three-dimensional systems with polyhedral symmetries such as (quasi)crystals and viruses, as well as four-dimensional geometries arising for instance in Grand Unified Theories and string and M-theory.

  15. A Novel Liquid-Liquid Transition in Undercooled Ti-Zr-Ni Liquids

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    Lee, G. W.; Gangopadhyay, A. K.; Kelton, K. F.; Bradshaw, R. C.; Hyers, R. W.; Rathz, T. J.; Rogers, J. R.

    2004-01-01

    If crystallization can be avoided, liquids enter a metastable (undercooled) state below their equilibrium liquidus temperatures, T(sub l), finally 'freezing' into a glass below a characteristic temperature called the glass transition temperature, T(sub g). In rare cases, the undercooled liquid may undergo a liquid-liquid phase transition (liquid polymorphism) before entering the glassy state. This has been suggested from experimental studies of H2O and Si. Such phase transitions have been predicted in some stable liquids, ie. above T(sub l) at atmospheric pressure, for SiO2 and BeF2, but these have not been verified experimentally. They have been observed in liquids of P, Si and C, but only under high pressure. In this letter we present the first experimental evidence for a phase transition in a low viscosity metallic liquid that is driven by an approach to a constant entropy configuration state and correlated with a growing icosahedral order in the liquid. A maximum in the specific heat at constant pressure, similar to what is normally observed near T(sub g), is reported for undercooled liquids of quasicrystal-forming Ti-Zr-Ni alloys. A two-state excitation model that includes cooperativity by incorporating a temperature-dependent excitation energy, fits the specific heat data well, signaling a phase transition. An inflection in the liquid density with decreasing temperature instead of a discontinuity indicates that this is not a typical first order phase transition; it could be a weakly first order or higher order transition. While showing many similarities to a glass transition, this liquid-liquid phase transition occurs in a mobile liquid, making it novel.

  16. Investigation of the performance of articular cartilage and synthetic biomaterials in multi-directional sliding motion as in orthopedic implants

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    Schwartz, Christian John

    The performance of several synthetic biomaterials and bovine articular cartilage were investigated in terms of their suitability for use as articulating surfaces in artificial joints. The Dual-Axis Wear Simulator (DAWS), a wear testing machine that simulates conditions in a synovial joint, was designed and fabricated to enable investigators to measure the wear of such materials in multi-directional sliding while immersed in a bovine serum lubricant solution. This machine was used initially to determine the wear mechanisms and wear amounts of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE), polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), polyoxymethylene (POM), and the compliant elastomer Pellethane(TM) 2363-80A. It was found that the compliant material produced lower wear. Dynamic mechanical analysis was used to determine that bovine articular cartilage had a very significant amount of viscoelasticity to support static loads and damp impact loads. Furthermore, the use of a compliant counterface led to lower wear in the cartilage as compared to a rigid counterface. Pt-Zr quasicrystals were used as fillers in UHMWPE, and the wear, stiffness, and impact toughness of the filled polymer were shown to be comparable or better than those of UHMWPE that had been irradiation crosslinked. Crosslinked UHMWPE was investigated for its susceptibility to oxidative degradation and increased wear. It was found that thermal stabilization of the polymer could be eliminated if a mild amount crosslinking was used. Furthermore, there was no degradation in wear resistance of mildly crosslinked and non-stabilized UHMWPE even after accelerated aging. Based on the results of this work and lessons learned about compliance and wear resistance, blends were produced by using surface-activated UHMWPE particles as fillers in elastomeric PUR. The blends showed better wear resistance than UHMWPE, as well as increased stiffness and damping over PUR. The results of this work indicated that there is great potential

  17. Ab-initio simulations of materials using VASP: Density-functional theory and beyond.

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    Hafner, Jürgen

    2008-10-01

    During the past decade, computer simulations based on a quantum-mechanical description of the interactions between electrons and between electrons and atomic nuclei have developed an increasingly important impact on solid-state physics and chemistry and on materials science-promoting not only a deeper understanding, but also the possibility to contribute significantly to materials design for future technologies. This development is based on two important columns: (i) The improved description of electronic many-body effects within density-functional theory (DFT) and the upcoming post-DFT methods. (ii) The implementation of the new functionals and many-body techniques within highly efficient, stable, and versatile computer codes, which allow to exploit the potential of modern computer architectures. In this review, I discuss the implementation of various DFT functionals [local-density approximation (LDA), generalized gradient approximation (GGA), meta-GGA, hybrid functional mixing DFT, and exact (Hartree-Fock) exchange] and post-DFT approaches [DFT + U for strong electronic correlations in narrow bands, many-body perturbation theory (GW) for quasiparticle spectra, dynamical correlation effects via the adiabatic-connection fluctuation-dissipation theorem (AC-FDT)] in the Vienna ab initio simulation package VASP. VASP is a plane-wave all-electron code using the projector-augmented wave method to describe the electron-core interaction. The code uses fast iterative techniques for the diagonalization of the DFT Hamiltonian and allows to perform total-energy calculations and structural optimizations for systems with thousands of atoms and ab initio molecular dynamics simulations for ensembles with a few hundred atoms extending over several tens of ps. Applications in many different areas (structure and phase stability, mechanical and dynamical properties, liquids, glasses and quasicrystals, magnetism and magnetic nanostructures, semiconductors and insulators, surfaces

  18. Deformation behavior, corrosion resistance, and cytotoxicity of Ni-free Zr-based bulk metallic glasses.

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    Liu, L; Qiu, C L; Chen, Q; Chan, K C; Zhang, S M

    2008-07-01

    Two Ni-free bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) of Zr(60)Nb(5)Cu(22.5)Pd(5)Al(7.5) and Zr(60)Nb(5)Cu(20)Fe(5)Al(10) were successfully prepared by arc-melting and copper mold casting. The thermal stability and crystallization were studied using differential scanning calorimetry. It demonstrates that the two BMGs exhibit very good glass forming ability with a wide supercooled liquid region. A multi-step process of crystallization with a preferential formation of quasicrystals occurred in both BMGs under continuous heating. The deformation behavior of the two BMGs was investigated using quasi-static compression testing. It reveals that the BMGs exhibit not only superior strength but also an extended plasticity. Corrosion behaviors of the BMGs were investigated in phosphate buffered solution by electrochemical polarization. The result shows that the two BMGs exhibit excellent corrosion resistance characterized by low corrosion current densities and wide passive regions. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis revealed that the passive film formed after anodic polarization was highly enriched in zirconium, niobium, and aluminum oxides. This is attributed to the excellent corrosion resistance. Additionally, the potential cytotoxicity of the two Ni-free BMGs was evaluated through cell culture for 1 week followed by 3-(4,5-Dimethylthiazol-2-yl-)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide assay and SEM observation. The results indicate that the two Ni-free BMGs exhibit as good biocompatibility as Ti-6Al-4V alloy, and thus show a promising potential for biomedical applications. PMID:17957719

  19. Role of Hf on Phase Formation in Ti45Zr(38-x)Hf(x)Ni17 Liquids and Solids

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    Wessels, V.; Sahu, K. K.; Gangopadhyay, A. K.; Huett, V. T.; Canepari, S.; Goldman, A. I.; Hyers, R. W.; Kramer, M. J.; Rogers, J. R.; Kelton, K. F.; Robinson, D.

    2008-01-01

    Hafnium and zirconium are very similar, with almost identical sizes and chemical bonding characteristics. However, they behave differently when alloyed with Ti and Ni. A sharp phase formation boundary near 18-21 at.% Hf is observed in rapidly-quenched and as-cast Ti45Zr38-xHfxNi17 alloys. Rapidly-quenched samples that contain less than 18 at.% Hf form the icosahedral quasicrystal phase, whiles samples containing more than 21 at.% form the 3/2 rational approximant phase. In cast alloys, a C14 structure is observed for alloys with Hf lower than the boundary concentration, while a large-cell (11.93 ) FCC Ti2Ni-type structure is found in alloys with Hf concentrations above the boundary. To better understand the role of Hf on phase formation, the structural evolution with supercooling and the solidification behavior of liquid Ti45Zr38-xHfxNi17 alloys (x=0, 12, 18, 21, 38) were studied using the Beamline Electrostatic Levitation (BESL) technique using 125keV x-rays on the 6ID-D beamline at the Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory. For all liquids primary crystallization was to a BCC solid solution phase; interestly, an increase in Hf concentration leads to a decrease in the BCC lattice parameter in spite of the chemical similarity between Zr and Hf. A Reitveld analysis confirmed that as in the cast alloys, the secondary phase that formed was the C14 below the phase formation boundary and a Ti2Ni-type structure at higher Hf concentrations. Both the liquidus temperature and the reduced undercooling change sharply on traversing the phase formation boundary concentration, suggesting a change in the liquid structure. Structural information from a Honeycutt-Anderson index analysis of reverse Monte Carlo fits to the S(q) liquid data will be presented to address this issue.

  20. Transient nucleation and local structure in zirconium-based metallic glasses

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Shen, Youtao

    Over the past decade, there has been increasing attention in metallic glasses due to their scientific and engineering significance. One particular interest in metallic glasses is the frequent nanocrystallization upon devitrification. However, the full understanding of such nanostructure formation during devitrification remains incomplete. In this thesis, nanocrystallization upon annealing is studied in Zr-based metallic glasses. Quantitative transient nucleation rate data during glass crystallization to an icosahedral quasicrystal phase (i-phase) were obtained for the first time by measuring the crystal density following two-step annealing treatments by transmission electron microscopy. The data fit well to the classical theory of nucleation. The extremely small interfacial free energy (sigma = 0.006 J/m2) between the i-phase and the glass obtained from fits to the nucleation data indicates a significant icosahedral order in the glass. Taken together with high energy X-ray diffraction studies of the glass, these data provide the strongest evidence to date of the significant icosahedral order in metallic glasses. The addition of a few atomic percent of elements can change the glass formation and crystallization behavior significantly in these glasses. We report the discovery of Zr65Cu27Ti8 bulk metallic glasses with diameters up to 1 mm produced by suction casting. The effects of structural relaxation on the glass transition and crystallization kinetics, investigated by differential scanning calorimetry, are discussed. The effects of the addition of small amounts of Ti on the local order in Zr-based metallic glasses were investigated by high energy synchrotron X-ray diffraction and fluctuation electron microscopy. An increasing icosahedral order with increasing Ti content explains the bulk metallic glass formation in the Zr-Cu-Ti alloys. However, this is not true in a related, but more complex, Zr-Ti-Cu-Ni-Al alloy.