Indication of liquid-liquid phase transition in CuZr-based melts

C. Zhou, L.N. Hu, Q.J. Sun, J.Y. Qin, X.F. Bian, Yuanzheng Yue

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Abstract

We study the dynamic behavior of CuZr-based melts well above the liquidus temperature. The results show a discontinuous change in viscosity during cooling, which is attributed to an underlying liquid-liquid phase transition (LLPT) in these melts. The LLPT is further verified by thermodynamic response in the same superheated region. We find that the LLPT in the Cu46Zr46Al8 melt is reversible above 1350 K upon repeated heating and cooling. Based on the concept of fluid clustering in metallic melts, the reversible LLPT is attributed to the structural transition from the strongly ordered high-density liquids to the weakly ordered low-density liquids upon cooling.

Original languageEnglish
Article number171904
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Volume103
Issue number17
Number of pages5
ISSN0003-6951
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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Zhou, C., Hu, L. N., Sun, Q. J., Qin, J. Y., Bian, X. F., & Yue, Y. (2013). Indication of liquid-liquid phase transition in CuZr-based melts. Applied Physics Letters, 103(17), [171904 ]. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4826487