Structure of Icosahedral Al-Cu-Li

Yanjun Ma, Edward A. Stern, Frank W. Gayle

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It is found by x-ray-absorption fine-structure measurements that the Cu sites in the stable icosahedral phase (T2 phase) and the R phase of Al-Cu-Li alloys are nearly identical. We infer that the structural unit in the T2 phase is a truncated icosahedron composed of 105 atoms. We speculate that the T2 phase and icosahedral Al-Mn-Si have the same structure except for a different structural unit. This is supported by recent x-ray diffraction measurements of both diffraction-peak positions and widths of the T2 phase.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1956-1959
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number19
StatePublished - 1987
Externally publishedYes


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