Bergman-type medium range order in amorphous Zr77Rh23 alloy studied by ab initio molecular dynamics simulations

YR Guo and C Qiao and JJ Wang and H Shen and SY Wang and YX Zheng and RJ Zhang and LY Chen and WS Su and CZ Wang and KM Ho, JOURNAL OF ALLOYS AND COMPOUNDS, 790, 675-682 (2019).

DOI: 10.1016/j.jallcom.2019.03.197

In recent years, some arguments about the existence of medium-range order (MRO) in the Zr-Rh system have been put forward. However, research on the structural features of the Zr-Rh binary alloy at the atomic level is still lacking. This study uses ab initio molecular dynamics simulations to systematically study the local structures of Zr77Rh23 from the liquid to the glassy states. Pair correlation function (PCF), coordination number (CN), Honeycutt-Anderson(HA) index, bond-angle distribution functions, and the Voronoi tessellation method are used to reveal a clear icosahedral-like configuration in the amorphous Zr77Rh23 alloy. It is noteworthy that the splitting in the second peak of the partial PDF implies the existence of a medium range order (MRO) in the Zr77Rh23 system. We obtain the local order in three-dimensional atomic density distributions by using a new atomistic cluster alignment (ACA) method. Interestingly, a Bergman-type MRO is observed in the glassy Zr77Rh23. Furthermore, the spatial distribution and connections of icosahedral-like clusters are shown to further demonstrate the MRO network. Our findings shed light on the nature of atomic local structures of amorphous Zr77Rh23 alloy and have important implications to understanding the formation of various MROs in metallic glasses. (C) 2019 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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