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Electronic and atomic disorder in icosahedral AlPdRe
KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Material Physics, Material Physics, MF.
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2008 (English)In: Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, ISSN 0953-8984, E-ISSN 1361-648X, Vol. 20, no 11, 114120- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Relations between electronic and atomic disorder of i-AlPdRe have been investigated by studies of neutron irradiated and annealed samples. The advantage with this technique is that a single sample can be monitored over a significant range of varying electronic properties, without concern for any influence of varying impurities. X-ray diffraction, the electrical resistivity and its temperature dependence, and the magnetoresistance are studied. The results show that annealings of an irradiated sample lead to improvement of the atomic order, as reflected in increased intensities of the x-ray diffraction peaks, while electronic properties change in the direction of increasing electronic disorder towards a metal-insulator transition. The observed relation in quasicrystals that improved atomic structure is associated with stronger anomalies in transport properties is thus also seen in i-AlPdRe. In particular, the variation of the diffusion constant in the region of small values of the resistivity is found to be similar for annealed polygrain samples and for single grain samples with varying Pd concentration, as evaluated from literature data, indicating a similar development of electronic disorder in both sets of samples. However, the problem remains as to why the resistivity is small in single grain samples which are atomically well-ordered. The possibility of a strong sensitivity to concentration differences is pointed out.

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2008. Vol. 20, no 11, 114120- p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-38113DOI: 10.1088/0953-8984/20/11/114120ISI: 000254101200022ScopusID: 2-s2.0-41849123529OAI: diva2:436373
13th Conference on Liquid and Amorphous Metals Location: Ekaterinburg, RUSSIA Date: JUL 08-14, 2007Available from: 2011-08-23 Created: 2011-08-22 Last updated: 2011-08-23Bibliographically approved

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