Kinetics of Surface Segregation in Metallic Alloys with First-Principles Interaction Parameters


We report the results of Monte Carlo simulations of the kinetics of surface segregation at the (001) face of CuNi and MoW alloys. These two systems were selected because they are based on different lattice structures and show contrasting segregation behavior: CuNi exhibits a monotonie profile, while that of MoW is oscillatory. To describe the energetics we have determined a set of effective cluster interactions (ECI) which govern the ordering or clustering tendencies of these alloys. The ECI were obtained by means of tight-binding electronic structure calculations in which no adjustable or experimentally determined parameters were used. Equilibrium segregation profiles are calculated and a series of quenches are performed. The layer concentrations are studied as a function of time and the existence of metastable phases in the surface region is investigated.

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Wille, L.T., Ouannasser, S. & Dreyssé, H. Kinetics of Surface Segregation in Metallic Alloys with First-Principles Interaction Parameters. MRS Online Proceedings Library 398, 611–616 (1995).

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