Effects of chemical composition and B2 order on phonons in bcc Fe-Co alloys


Journal Article

The phonon density of states (DOS) gives insight into interatomic forces and provides the vibrational entropy, making it a key thermodynamic function for understanding alloy phase transformations. Nuclear resonant inelastic x-ray scattering and inelastic neutron scattering were used to measure the chemical dependence of the DOS of bcc Fe-Co alloys. For the equiatomic alloy, the A2→B2 (chemically disordered→chemically ordered) phase transformation caused measurable changes in the phonon spectrum. The measured change in vibrational entropy upon ordering was -0.02±0.02 κB/ atom, suggesting that vibrational entropy results in a reduction in the order-disorder transition temperature by 60±60 K. The Connolly-Williams cluster inversion method was used to obtain interaction DOS (IDOS) curves that show how point and pair variables altered the phonon DOS of disordered bcc Fe-Co alloys. These IDOS curves accurately captured the change in the phonon DOS and vibrational entropy of the B2 ordering transition. © 2010 American Institute of Physics.

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Cited Authors

  • Lucas, MS; Munz, JA; Mauger, L; Li, CW; Sheets, AO; Turgut, Z; Horwath, J; Abernathy, DL; Stone, MB; Delaire, O; Xiao, Y; Fultz, B

Published Date

  • July 15, 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 108 / 2

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0021-8979

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1063/1.3456500

Citation Source

  • Scopus