Structure solution of the Al69.2Cu20Cr10.8φ phase

Shmuel Samuha, Rimon Tamari, Benjamin Grushko, Louisa Meshi

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The stable φ phase that forms below ~923 K around the Al69.2Cu20Cr10.8 composition was found to be hexagonal [P63, a = 11.045 (2), c = 12.688 (2) Å] and isostructural to the earlier reported Al6.2Cu2Re X phase [Samuha, Grushko & Meshi (2016). J. Alloys Compd. 670, 18-24]. Using the structural model of the latter, a successful Rietveld refinement of the XRD data for Al69.5Cu20.0Cr10.5 was performed. Both φ and X were found to be structurally related to the Al72.6Cu11.0Cr16.4 ζ phase [P63/m, a = 17.714, c = 12.591 Å; Sugiyama, Saito & Hiraga (2002). J. Alloys Compd. 342, 148-152], with a close lattice parameter c and a τ-times-larger lattice parameter a (τ is the golden mean). The structural relationship between ζ and φ was established on the basis of the similarity of their layered structures and common features. Additionally, the strong-reflections approach was successfully applied for the modeling of the φ phase based on the structural model of the ζ phase. The latter and the experimental structural model (retrieved following Rietveld refinement) were found to be essentially identical.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)74-79
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Applied Crystallography
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2022


  • Electron crystallography
  • Intermetallics
  • Rietveld refinement
  • Strong-reflections approach
  • Structure prediction

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Biochemistry,Genetics and Molecular Biology


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