Amorphouslike diffraction pattern in solid metallic titanium

Y. Wang, Y.Z. Fang, T. Kikegawa, C. Lathe, K. Saksl, H. Franz, J.R. Schneider, Leif Gerward, F.M. Wu, J.F. Liu, J.Z. Jiang

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Amorphouslike diffraction patterns of solid elemental titanium have been detected under high pressure and high temperature using in situ energy-dispersive x-ray diffraction and a multianvil press. The onset pressure and the temperature of formation of amorphous titanium is found to be close to the alpha-beta-omega triple point in the P-T phase diagram. Amorphous Ti has been found to be thermally stable up to 1250 degrees C for at least 3 min at some pressures. By analyzing the conditions for producing amorphous elemental Zr and Ti, we observed a multi-phase-point amorphization phenomenon for preparing single-element bulk amorphous metals. The results reported may open a new way to preparing single-element bulk amorphous metals with a high thermal stability.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number15
Pages (from-to)155501
Publication statusPublished - 2005

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