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Partial spectra of atomic thermal vibrations in decagonal and icosahedral quasicrystals

Research paper by P. P. Parshin, M. G. Zemlyanov, R. A. Brand

Indexed on: 01 May '07Published on: 01 May '07Published in: Crystallography Reports



Abstract

The atomic dynamics of an Al-Ni-Fe decagonal quasicrystal and an Al-Cu-Fe icosahedral quasicrystal are investigated experimentally using the isotopic contrast method in inelastic neutron scattering. The partial spectra of thermal vibrations of copper, nickel, iron, and aluminum atoms in the decagonal and icosahedral quasicrystals are reconstructed directly from the experimental data without recourse to model concepts. The limiting energies and positions of the main features in the partial spectra of atomic thermal vibrations in decagonal and icosahedral quasicrystals are determined. It is established that, in the quasicrystals under investigation, the copper and nickel atoms are bound more weakly than the iron atoms and that the partial vibrational spectrum of aluminum atoms in the quasicrystals is considerably harder than the spectrum of pure metallic aluminum.