Structure of amorphous TbNi2D2.4 observed by X-ray and neutron diffraction

Keiji Itoh, Tomohiro Sawada, Kiyoshi Aoki, Toshiharu Fukunaga

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X-ray and neutron diffraction measurements have been performed to elucidate the structure for amorphous (a-)TbNi2D2.4 prepared by deuterium absorption of the C15 Laves phase compound TbNi2. The results were compared with those for previously reported a-TbFe 2D3.0 which shows the concentration fluctuations. Noticeable differences in the arrangements of metal atoms and the occupation sites of D atoms between the two samples were observed in both X-ray and neutron diffraction data. Namely, in distinction from a-TbFe2D 3.0, the atomic arrangement of a-TbNi2D2.4 is relatively homogeneous. Three-dimensional atomic arrangements obtained from the reverse Monte Carlo (RMC) modeling provided us the visual description of the differences in the structures between a-TbNi2D2.4 and a-TbFe2D3.0. It was found that over 40% of the D atoms occupied 2Ni + 2Tb tetrahedral sites in a-TbNi2D2.4.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6-11
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Alloys and Compounds
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 19 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Amorphous materials
  • Metals
  • Neutron diffraction
  • X-ray diffraction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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