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Title: The L–G phase transition in binary Cu–Zr metallic liquids
The authors recently reported that undercooled liquid Ag and Ag–Cu alloys both exhibit a first order phase transition from the homogeneous liquid (L-phase) to a heterogeneous solid-like G-phase under isothermal evolution. Here, we report a similar L–G transition and heterogenous G-phase in simulations of liquid Cu–Zr bulk glass. The thermodynamic description and kinetic features (viscosity) of the L-G-phase transition in Cu–Zr simulations suggest it corresponds to experimentally reported liquid–liquid phase transitions in Vitreloy 1 (Vit1) and other Cu–Zr-bearing bulk glass forming alloys. The Cu–Zr G-phase has icosahedrally ordered cores versus fcc/hcp core structures in Ag and Ag–Cu with a notably smaller heterogeneity length scale Λ . We propose the L–G transition is a phenomenon in metallic liquids associated with the emergence of elastic rigidity. The heterogeneous core–shell nano-composite structure likely results from accommodating strain mismatch of stiff core regions by more compliant intervening liquid-like medium.
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