Atomic structure of the i- R -Cd quasicrystals and consequences for magnetism

T. Yamada, H. Takakura, T. Kong, P. Das, W. T. Jayasekara, A. Kreyssig, G. Beutier, P. C. Canfield, M. De Boissieu, A. I. Goldman

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We report on the six-dimensional (6D) structural refinement of three members of the i-R-Cd quasicrystals (R = Gd, Dy, Tm) via synchrotron x-ray diffraction from single-grain samples, and show that this series is isostructural to the i-YbCd5.7 quasicrystal. However, our refinements suggest that the R occupancy on the Yb icosahedron sites within the Tsai-type atomic cluster is approximately 80%, with the balance taken up by Cd. Similarities between the i-R-Cd series and i-ScZn7.33, and their differences with i-YbCd5.7 and i-Ca15Cd85, indicate that there are at least two subclasses of Tsai-type icosahedral quasicrystals. We further show from x-ray resonant magnetic scattering (XRMS) measurements on a set of closely related Tb1-xYxCd6 1/1 approximants that the dilution of the magnetic R ions on the icosahedron within the Tsai-type cluster by nonmagnetic Y disrupts the commensurate magnetic ordering in the approximant phase.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number060103
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number6
StatePublished - Aug 15 2016
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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