Are quasicrystals hume-rothery alloys?

R. D. Werkman, P. J. Schurer, I. Vincze, F. van der Woude

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In 1926 Hume Rothery discovered that for some simple alloys the electron to atom ratio e/a is a stability determining factor. We applied this energy band effect or Hume-Rothery rule to the quasicrystalline series Al80Mn20-xFex. The isomer shift of the Mössbauer spectra shows a maximum at x=9, where e/a=1.76. This strongly indicates a relatively low s-electron density, in agreement with the energy band effect.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)409-414
Number of pages6
JournalHyperfine Interactions
Issue number1-4
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 1989


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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Werkman, R. D., Schurer, P. J., Vincze, I., & van der Woude, F. (1989). Are quasicrystals hume-rothery alloys? Hyperfine Interactions, 45(1-4), 409-414.