A grain boundary phase transition in Si-Au
Date of this Version3-2012
Scripta Materialia Volume 66, Issue 5, March 2012, Pages 203–206
A grain boundary transition from a bilayer to an intrinsic (nominally clean) boundary is observed in Si-Au. An atomically abrupt transition between the two complexions (grain boundary stabilized phases) implies the occurrence of a first-order interfacial phase transition associated with a discontinuity in the interfacial excess. This observation supports a grain-boundary complexion theory with broad applications. This transition is atypical in that the monolayer complexion is absent. A model is proposed to explain the bilayer stabilization and the origin of this complexion transition. (C) 2011 Acta Materialia Inc. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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