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Medium-Range Order in High Al-content Amorphous Alloys Measured by Fluctuation Electron Microscopy

  • W. G. Stratton (a1), J. Hamann (a1), J. H. Perepezko (a1) and P. M. Voyles (a1)

We have used fluctuation electron microscopy (FEM) to measure nanoscale mediumrange order in amorphous Al92Sm8. Samples of this amorphous alloy formed by rapid quenching (melt-spinning) show a high density of pure Al nanocrystals (>1020 m-3) after low temperature (< 250 °C) devitrification. In samples amorphized by deformation (cold-rolling), primary Al-crystallization does not occur. This difference in devitrification behavior suggests an underlying structural difference in the amorphous state. FEM is a quantitative microscopy technique for determining nanoscale medium-range order in amorphous materials. Our measurements show that amorphous alloys formed by melt-spinning and cold-rolling have significant structural differences, and that annealing melt-spun alloy under conditions previously shown to modify the devitrification thermodynamics also changes the medium-range structure.

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