The relation between the melt topology and glass-forming ability for liquid Ge-Se alloys

P. S. Salmon, Jian Liu

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The topology of liquid GeySe1-y (0<or=y<or=1) alloys, at the compositions y=0.33, 0.4, 0.5 and 1, is studied using neutron diffraction to measure the Bhatia-Thornton number-number partial structure factor SNN(kr1), where k and r1 are, respectively, the scattering vector and nearest-neighbour distance in real space. SNN(kr1) has, for the range 0<or=kr 1<or=10, a prominent three-peak character in the case of the glass-forming melt GeSe2 (y=0.33). This character changes significantly with increasing y: the so-called first sharp diffraction peak (FSDP) is virtually eliminated at y=0.5, a composition for which the amorphous state is not formed by usual bulk-quenching methods, and the third peak becomes a shoulder to the second at y=1. The concomitant changes on both the short and intermediate real-space length scales are discussed in terms of a break-up of the GeSe2 network structure. It is found that liquid GeSe is not characterized by a regular octahedral coordination environment but that it is topologically similar to liquid As.

Original languageEnglish
Article number004
Pages (from-to)1449-1460
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Physics: Condensed Matter
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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