Effect of chemical short-range ordering on thermodynamics, structure, and dynamics of ZrCu-based metallic glass-forming liquids

KG Soni and JP Anadani and KN Lad, JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSICS, 134, 235103 (2023).

DOI: 10.1063/5.0169819

Chemical-ordering in metallic liquid alloys affects important structural, thermodynamic, and dynamical factors governing the kinetics of the glass formation process and the glass-forming ability. The present study on Zr50Cu50, Zr50Cu45Al5, and Zr50Cu45Ag5 metallic glass- forming liquids reveal that minor addition of Al/Ag in Zr50Cu50 leads to different chemical short-range orders due to the hetero-coordination tendency of Al in Zr50Cu45Al5 and homo-coordination tendency of Ag in Zr50Cu45Ag5. Different chemical short-range ordering causes qualitatively different topological short-range orders in the two ternary alloys. Results of inherent structure energy and excess entropy indicate modification of the potential energy landscape such that the local minima (metabasins) on the landscape of Zr50Cu45Al5 become deeper and less rugged, whereas the metabasins become shallower and more rugged in Zr50Cu45Ag5. Single-particle dynamics investigations clearly demonstrate the effect of difference in the chemical-ordering, topological short-range order, and the potential energy landscape on the atomic diffusion, structural relaxation, and dynamic heterogeneities in the ternary alloys. It signifies that the dynamics of the studied glass- forming alloys is closely linked with the structure and thermodynamics. The study also provides a very useful insight of the correlation between the chemical-ordering and the short-time dynamical features in the studied metallic glass-forming liquids.

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