Effects of boron impurities on the atomic bonding and electronic structure of Ni3Al

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Tunable synchrotron radiation was used to examine the boron K-valence emission from boron doped Ni3Al (500 parts per million boron). When compared with electronic structure calculations these measurements yield information regarding the local bonding environment of the doped boron atoms within the alloy structure. Our measurements appear to suggest that the boron atoms preferentially bond with the nickel atoms in this material. It seems that the boron atoms prefer to occupy octahedral interstitial sites surrounded by six nickel atoms. This suggests that the enhancement in ductility observed in this alloy is due to the interplanar metallic bonding provided by the doped boron atoms.

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Journal of Electron Spectroscopy and Related Phenomena

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