Vibrational entropy of spinodal decomposition in FeCr


Journal Article

Inelastic neutron-scattering spectra were measured on stoichiometric Fe0.50 Cr0.50 prepared as a body-centered-cubic (bcc) solid solution, and after increasing amounts of chemical unmixing on the bcc lattice induced by annealing the solid solution at 773 K. These spectra were reduced by a conventional procedure to a neutron-weighted vibrational density of states. Mössbauer spectrometry was used to characterize the extent of decomposition after annealing. A neutron-weight correction was performed, using results from the Mössbauer spectra and recent data on inelastic nuclear resonant scattering from Fe57 -Cr. The vibrational entropy of decomposition was found to be -0.17±0.01 kB atom, nearly equal to the change in configurational entropy after spinodal decomposition. Effects of vibrational entropy on the thermodynamics of unmixing are analyzed, showing a large effect on the free energy with the formation of Cr-rich zones, and a large effect on the critical temperature for spinodal decomposition for equiatomic Fe0.50 Cr0.50. © 2005 The American Physical Society.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Swan-Wood, TL; Delaire, O; Fultz, B

Published Date

  • July 1, 2005

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 72 / 2

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1550-235X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1098-0121

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1103/PhysRevB.72.024305

Citation Source

  • Scopus