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Authors: Roth, Johannes
Schilling, Rolf
Trebin, Hans-Rainer
Title: Intrinsic stability of quasicrystals under the generation of Frenkel pairs
Issue Date: 1992 Zeitschriftenartikel Zeitschrift für Physik, B 87 (1992), S. 359-369. URL
Abstract: Under irradiation metastable quasicrystals undergo a phase transition to an amorphous state. This transition can be reversed by annealing. As in normal crystalline materials the phase transition is considered to be triggered by generation and recombination of vacancies and interstitial atoms (Frenkel pairs). We have classified the possible Frenkel defects in a metastable monatomic quasicrystal with respect to geometric and energetic properties. With numerical simulation we have studied the behaviour of the quasicrystal under a load of Frenkel defects for various defect concentrations. We find three ranges of behaviour: up to 5% defects per atom the structure remains icosahedral, in a middle range it stays disordered icosahedral or it becomes either disordered or perfect crystalline, depending on the implementation of the defects. If there are more than 10% defects the structure becomes irreversibly amorphous. We finally compare our results with experimental data.
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