On the atomic structure of γ″ phase in Mg-Zn-Gd alloy

Xin Fu Gu, Tadashi Furuhara, Takanori Kiguchi, Toyohiko J. Konno, Leng Chen, Ping Yang

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The atomic structure of γ″ phase in an Mg-Zn-Gd alloy has been determined by atomic resolution high angle annular dark field (HAADF) scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) and first-principles calculation. The γ″ phase has a hexagonal structure with three atomic layers paralleling to basal plane. It is found that the atomic positions in the middle layer are not coincide with HCP structure but shifted 0.9 Å along 〈10-10〉α. Moreover, most previously reported structures are unstable and will converge to present result after atomic relaxation, even though the atomic species and initial positions in the middle layer vary in those models.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)64-67
Number of pages4
JournalScripta Materialia
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Mar 15


  • Crystal structure
  • First-principles
  • Magnesium alloy
  • γ″ Phase


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