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Polyamorphism in cerium based bulk metallic glasses: Electronic and structural properties under pressure and temperature by x-ray absorption techniques

By L. Belhadi, Frédéric Decremps, Sakura Pascarelli, Laurent Cormier, Yann Le Godec, Stéphane Gorsse, François Baudelet, C. Marini and Gastón Garbarino


International audienceHigh pressure and high temperature x-ray absorption near edge spectroscopy experiments have been carried out on Ce60Al20Cu20 bulk metallic glass showing an electronic delocalization of the 4f-electron of cerium under pressure. In parallel, high pressure extended x-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy reveals large structural modifications of the cerium local environment. This study provides experimental evidence that an electronic driven structural transformation occurs in cerium based bulk metallic glasses (Ce-BMGs). The effect of temperature on the hysteresis of this amorphous-amorphous phase transition is also discussed, suggesting the existence of a critical point in the phase diagram of Ce-BMGs. This work will encourage further investigations on Ce-based metallic glasses phase diagrams in order to support, or refute, the actual theoretical understanding of polyamorphism

Topics: Aluminium alloys, Amorphous state, Cerium alloys, Copper alloys, EXAFS, Glass transition, High-pressure solid-state phase transformations, High-temperature effects, Metallic glasses, Polymorphism, XANES, [ CHIM.MATE ] Chemical Sciences/Material chemistry
Publisher: American Institute of Physics
Year: 2013
DOI identifier: 10.1063/1.4820434
OAI identifier: oai:HAL:hal-00871644v1
Provided by: Hal-Diderot
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