On the Kinetic and Equilibrium Shapes of Icosahedral Al-Pd-Mn Quasicrystals

Ashwin Shahani

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N Senabulya, XH Xiao, I Han, and AJ Shahani (2018)


The dynamics of growth and relaxation of icosahedral single quasicrystals in a liquid phase were investigated using in situ synchrotron-based X-ray tomography. Our 4D studies (i.e., space- and time-resolved) provide direct evidence that indicates the growth process of an Al71Pd19Mn10 quasicrystal is governed predominantly by bulk transport rather than attachment kinetics. This work is in agreement with theoretical predictions, which show that the pentagonal dodecahedron is not the minimum energy structure in Al-Pd-Mn icosahedral quasicrystals, but merely a growth shape characterized by non-zero anisotropic velocity. This transient shape transforms into a truncated dodecahedral Archimedian polyhedron once equilibrium has been attained. (C) 2017 Acta Materialia Inc. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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