3-D phase-field simulations of self-organized composite morphologies in physical vapor deposited phase-separating binary alloys

Kumar Ankit, Benjamin Derby, Rahul Raghavan, Amit Misra, Michael J. Demkowicz

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We use 3D phase-field simulations to investigate the role of deposition rates and atomic mobilities on morphological self-structuring in phase-separating, vapor-deposited alloys. Our numerical simulations predict the three distinct nanocomposite morphologies: vertical composition modulations (VCMs), lateral composition modulations (LCMs), and random composition modulations. We also observed a transitional region between VCM and LCM that exhibits the coexistence of features drawn from both morphologies. We compare these results with experiments carried out on co-deposited Cu-Mo alloys and find good agreement between the two.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number075306
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number7
StatePublished - Aug 21 2019
Externally publishedYes


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