[Ifeffit] Your internet exchange with "Chachi" about FeCo, last year

Dominik Samuelis d.samuelis at fkf.mpg.de
Fri Oct 31 04:32:54 CDT 2008

Dear Dr. English,

unfortunately, I am not a metals and intermetallics expert. I mostly 
work on oxides and related phases.

Nevertheless, I've now ordered your original TMS paper from our library. 
As soon as I've found the time to read your analysis, I'll get in touch 
with you.

There might be a good chance that EXAFS could give additional insight 
into these fine domain structures, since - as you wrote - many atoms 
will have a large number of wrong next neighbors. Maybe, there are also 
some intermetallics experts on this list, who could comment on this more 

Best regards,
Dominik Samuelis

 > Dear Sir: I just ran across your exchange of ideas on FeCo order etc.
 > about this time last year.  I did some experiments in the mid 60s
 > (Trans. Met. Soc AIME 236 (1966) 14ff.) on FeCo2V and showed that the
 > superlattice xray line [100} can be seen in brine-quenched thin strips
 > if the XRD is done with CoKa radiation.  The lines are very broad in
 > as-quenched state and the peak narrows gradually with time of
 > reheating to a few hundred degrees C.
 > The interpretation was that we were seeing APB domains which were
 > unexpected but seemed obvious in hindsight--two interpenetrating,
 > multiply-connected domains sort of like "swiss cheese" (J. W. Cahn
 > called it "sponge" at the time--he wrote an elegant mathematical
 > analysis that appeared in Acta Met.).  The "scale" of interconnection
 > changes with time at temperature as the structure coarsens to reduce
 > the energy associated with APB. I thought the picture was confusing
 > since "perfect order with very fine domain size" could as well be
 > descri bed as partial, or incomplete order due to large number of
 > wrong near neighbors. I don't know if there are other alloys or
 > chemical combinations in which B2 order is present with very fine
 > domain structure such as I described. I am not aware of any other work
 > that confirmed or reinterpreted my results. Any comments?

Dr. Dominik Samuelis
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