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Issue 45, 2017
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Crystal genes in a marginal glass-forming system of Ni50Zr50

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The marginal glass-forming ability (GFA) of a binary Ni–Zr system is an issue to be explained considering numerous bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) found in a Cu–Zr system. Using molecular dynamics, the structures and dynamics of Ni50Zr50 metallic liquid and glass are investigated at the atomistic level. To achieve a well-relaxed glassy sample, a sub-Tg annealing method is applied and the final sample is closer to the experiments than the models prepared by continuous cooling. With the state-of-the-art structural analysis tools such as cluster alignment and pair-wise alignment methods, two glass-forming motifs with some mixed traits of a metastable B2 crystalline phase and a crystalline Ni-centered B33 motif are found to be dominant in the undercooled liquid and glass samples. A new chemical order characterization on each short-range order (SRO) structure is accomplished based on the cluster alignment method. The significant amount of the crystalline motif and the few icosahedra in the glassy sample deteriorate the GFA.

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The article was received on 01 Sep 2017, accepted on 17 Oct 2017 and first published on 17 Oct 2017

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7CP05976K
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2017,19, 30429-30438

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    Crystal genes in a marginal glass-forming system of Ni50Zr50

    T. Q. Wen, L. Tang, Y. Sun, K. M. Ho, C. Z. Wang and N. Wang, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2017, 19, 30429
    DOI: 10.1039/C7CP05976K

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