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The influence of thermal annealing on structural order in the μ-Al4Mn complex intermetallic

Marko Jagodic* / Zvonko Jaglicic1 / Benjamin Grushko2 / Sergiy Balanetskyy3 / Janez Dolinsek4

1 Ljubljana, Slowenien

2  Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Institut für Festkörperforschung, Jülich, Deutschland

3 Forschungszentrum Jülich, Institut für Festkörperforschung, Jülich, Deutschland

4 Ljubljana, Slowenien

* Correspondence address: Ljubljana, Slowenien,

Citation Information: Zeitschrift für Kristallographie International journal for structural, physical, and chemical aspects of crystalline materials. Volume 224, Issue 1-2, Pages 42–44, ISSN (Print) 0044-2968, DOI: 10.1524/zkri.2009.1115, September 2009

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The influence of cooling rate on structural order in the complex hexagonal μ-Al4Mn phase was investigated. As higher magnetizations are detected in more disordered samples, the short-scale disorder was studied indirectly by magnetic measurements. The magnetizations of as-grown samples and samples subjected to different thermal treatments were compared. It was found that water-quenching increases the disorder in the crystal structure regardless of previous thermal history. Qualitatively the same results were obtained for the quasicrystalline i-Al—Pd—Mn phase where the changes in magnetic properties and consequently in the degree of structural order for different thermal treatments were even more pronounced.

Keywords: Complex intermetallics; Thermal annealing; Structural order; Magnetization

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