Solution growth of a binary icosahedral quasicrystal of Sc12Zn88

TitleSolution growth of a binary icosahedral quasicrystal of Sc12Zn88
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsCanfield PC, Caudle ML, Ho CS, Kreyssig A, Nandi S, Kim MG, Lin X, Kracher A, Dennis KW, McCallum RW, Goldman AI
Journal TitlePhysical Review B
Date Published01/01
ISBN Number1098-0121
Accession NumberISI:000274002100004
Keywordsalloys, approximants, single-crystals, system, YB

We report the discovery of a binary icosahedral phase in a Sc-Zn alloy obtained through solution-growth, producing millimeter-sized, facetted, single grain quasicrystals that exhibit different growth morphologies, pentagonal dodecahedra, and rhombic triacontahedra, under only marginally different growth conditions. These two morphologies manifest different degrees of quasicrystalline order. The discovery of i-Sc12Zn88 suggests that a re-examination of binary phase diagrams at compositions close to crystalline approximant structures may reveal other binary quasicrystalline phases.

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