Research report 2006 - Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids

Complexity in the world of intermetallic phases

Makongo, Julien Pierre Amelie; Burkhardt, Ulrich; Prots, Yurii; Niewa, Rainer; Kreiner, Guido

Anorganische Chemie (Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Kniep)
MPI für Chemische Physik fester Stoffe, Dresden

Complex metallic alloy phases are intermetallic compounds with prominent features compared to simple metallic systems. They are based on giant unit cells comprising up to more than thousands atoms per cell, hierarchical structures and inherent disorder phenomena. The characteristic features originate from a cluster substructure, which controls short and long range order as well as the physical properties.

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