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Ralph E. Napolitano

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Composition-Dependent Stability Of The Medium-Range Order Responsible For Metallic Glass Formation, Feng Zhang, Min Ji, Xiao-Wei Fang, Yang Sun, Cai-Zhuang Wang, Mikhail I. Mendelev, Matthew J. Kramer, Ralph E. Napolitano, Kai-Ming Ho Aug 2019

Composition-Dependent Stability Of The Medium-Range Order Responsible For Metallic Glass Formation, Feng Zhang, Min Ji, Xiao-Wei Fang, Yang Sun, Cai-Zhuang Wang, Mikhail I. Mendelev, Matthew J. Kramer, Ralph E. Napolitano, Kai-Ming Ho

Ralph E. Napolitano

The competition between the characteristic medium-range order corresponding to amorphous alloys and that in ordered crystalline phases is central to phase selection and morphology evolution under various processing conditions. We examine the stability of a model glass system, Cu–Zr, by comparing the energetics of various medium-range structural motifs over a wide range of compositions using first-principles calculations. We focus specifically on motifs that represent possible building blocks for competing glassy and crystalline phases, and we employ a genetic algorithm to efficiently identify the energetically favored decorations of each motif for specific compositions. Our results show that a Bergman-type motif ...