Atomic structure solution of the complex quasicrystal approximant Al77Rh15Ru8 from electron diffraction data

Shmuel Samuha, Enrico Mugnaioli, Benjamin Grushko, Ute Kolb, Louisa Meshi

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Abstract

The crystal structure of the novel Al77Rh15Ru8 phase (which is an approximant of decagonal quasicrystals) was determined using modern direct methods (MDM) applied to automated electron diffraction tomography (ADT) data. The Al77Rh15Ru8 E-phase is orthorhombic [Pbma, a = 23.40(5), b = 16.20(4) and c = 20.00(5)Å] and has one of the most complicated intermetallic structures solved solely by electron diffraction methods. Its structural model consists of 78 unique atomic positions in the unit cell (19 Rh/Ru and 59 Al). Precession electron diffraction (PED) patterns and high-resolution electron microscopy (HRTEM) images were used for the validation of the proposed atomic model. The structure of the E-phase is described using hierarchical packing of polyhedra and a single type of tiling in the form of a parallelogram. Based on this description, the structure of the E-phase is compared with that of the ε6-phase formed in Al-Rh-Ru at close compositions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)999-1005
Number of pages7
JournalActa Crystallographica Section B: Structural Science, Crystal Engineering and Materials
Volume70
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2014
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • electron diffraction tomography
  • icosahedral and decagonal quasicrystals
  • modern direct methods

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