Atomic short-range order in CuMn alloys

Roland Reihsner, Wolfgang Pfeiler

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The establishment of atomic short-range order (SRO) has been investigated in CuMn alloys (5, 8,13,16,20 at. % Mn) by measurement of the electrical resistivity during isochronal and isothermal annealing. An increasing degree of SRO is accompanied by a reduction of resistivity; this effect increases with Mn concentration. For 8,13 and 16 at. % Mn SRO kinetics turn out to deviate significantly from single exponential behavior with a maximum at 13 at. % Mn, whereas at 5 and 20 at. % Mn SRO is adjusted in a single exponential process. For data analysis three methods are used: a sum of two and three exponentials as well as a log-normal spectrum of relaxation times. The strong interaction between second-nearest-neighbor atoms in CuMn seems to be essential for SRO kinetics but of minor importance for the value of SRO-induced resistivity change.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1431–1445
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Physics and Chemistry of Solids
Publication statusPublished - 1985

Austrian Fields of Science 2012

  • 103009 Solid state physics

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