Structural origin for composition-dependent nearest atomic distance in Cu-Zr metallic glass

C Zhang and HS Liu and HL Peng, CHINESE PHYSICS B, 32, 116101 (2023).

DOI: 10.1088/1674-1056/acce99

We systematically investigate the structures of Cu-Zr metallic glass (MG) by varying the Cu concentration in classic molecular-dynamics simulation. From the pair distribution functions (PDFs), it is found that the nearest atomic distance between Zr atom and Zr atom increases significantly after adding Cu, which is related to the composition- dependent coordination behavior between Cu atom and Zr atom in the nearest neighbors. The portion of PDF related to the nearest connection is decomposed into the contributions from quadrilateral structure, pentagonal structure, hexagonal structure, and heptagonal bipyramid structure. Although the population of denser structures, i.e. 5-, 6-, and 7-number sharing ones, increases with Cu addition increasing, the connection distances between the central atoms in all these bipyramids increase for Zr-Zr pairs, leading to the expansion of Zr-Zr nearest atomic distance. These results unveil the effect of the interplay between chemical interaction and geometric packing on the atomic-level structure in Cu-Zr metallic glasses.

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