Tables for
Volume B
Reciprocal space
Edited by U. Shmueli

International Tables for Crystallography (2010). Vol. B, ch. 4.6, p. 622   | 1 | 2 |


W. Steurera* and T. Haibacha

aLaboratory of Crystallography, Department of Materials, ETH Hönggerberg, HCI G 511, Wolfgang-Pauli-Strasse 10, CH-8093 Zurich, Switzerland
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Zero-layer X-ray diffraction patterns of decaprismatic Al73.5C21.7Ni4.8 crystals taken parallel and perpendicular to the crystal axis on an image-plate scanner (Mar Research) at different temperatures. In (a) and (b), room-temperature (RT) diffraction patterns from a sample quenched after annealing at 1073 K are shown. Reflections from both a crystalline approximant and a decagonal phase are visible. The period along the unique direction in the decagonal phase and the corresponding period in the approximant phase is [\simeq 8\;\hbox{\AA}] (b). At 1520 K, a single-phase decagonal quasicrystal is present with [\simeq 4\;\hbox{\AA}] fundamental structure (c, d). In (e, f), the RT diffraction patterns of the slowly cooled sample indicate a single-phase nanodomain structure with [\simeq 8\;\hbox{\AA}] periodicity along the unique direction.