Short range order and its transformation to long range order in Ni4Mo

Satoshi Hata, Syo Matsumura, Noriyuki Kuwano, Kensuke Oki

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The short range ordered (SRO) state and the time-evolution of the long range ordered (LRO) structure of D1a in a Ni4Mo alloy were investigated by Monte Carlo simulation based on an f.c.c. Ising model and by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The simulation using appropriate values for pairwise atomic interactions up to the fifth nearest neighbors bears diffuse intensity maxima at {1 1/2 0} positions in the Fourier power spectrum for the early stage of SRO, and then the maxima shift to {4/5 2/5 0} for the stable Dla structure as the long range ordering proceeds. The present results are in good agreement with the temporal change in electron diffraction due to the SRO-LRO transition in a quenched Ni4Mo. The SRO state obtained in the simulation contains microclusters of subunit cells of D1a, D022 and Pt2Mo structures. If such a mixed state of microclusters is projected onto a two-dimensional {100} plane in a similar way to high resolution TEM, the mixed state exhibits locally a dot-pattern analogous to the projected N2M2-type (chalcopyrite-like) structure, which gives rise to superlattice reflections at {1 1/2 0}. This suggests that a statistically averaging view of the mixture of microclusters leads to the concept of static concentration waves of k = 1 1/2 0, which has been often employed to describe the SRO state. The formation of D022 and Pt2Mo-type subunit cells in addition to stable D1a is explained in terms of their structural relationship. The transformation from SRO to LRO is attributed to continuous growth of D1a segments into ordered domains.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)881-892
Number of pages12
JournalActa Materialia
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jan 23 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Metals and Alloys


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