The atomic structure of the icosahedral Ti-Zr-Ni quasicrystal is determined by invoking similarities to periodic crystalline phases, diffraction data, and the results from ab initio calculations. The structure is modeled by decorations of the canonical-cell tiling geometry. The initial decoration model is based on the structure of the Frank-Kasper phase W-TiZrNi, the 1/1-approximant structure of the quasicrystal. The decoration model is optimized using a method of structural analysis combining a least-squares refinement of diffraction data with results from ab initio calculations. The resulting structural model of icosahedral Ti-Zr-Ni is interpreted as a simple decoration rule and structural details are discussed.
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|State||Published - Apr 7 2003|