Neutron scattering from amorphous metals
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Detailed information about the structure of amorphous metallic alloys, the so-called metallic glasses, is obtained from neutron diffraction in combination with the isotopic substitution technique. In many cases neutron diffraction and X-ray diffraction are complementary techniques. The atomic structure of these materials is characterized by distinctive topological and chemical ordering effects.
The establishment of theoretical models on the basis of accurate structural data provides a deeper insight into the 3-dimensional arrangement of the atoms in amorphous metals.
Neutron diffraction is particularly suited for the investigation of the distribution of hydrogen atoms in amorphous alloys.
Small angle scattering presents a means for the characterization of the inhomogeneous structure of metallic glasses.
KeywordsNeutron Diffraction Metallic Glass Amorphous Alloy Pair Correlation Function Small Angle Neutron Scattering
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