Publication date: May 06, 2021
Variations of volume plasmon energy of both ribbon and bulk FeMo14C15B6Erx (x=0-2) metallic glasses were measured as a function of the temperature in an analytical transmission electron microscope using valence electron energy loss spectroscopy (VEELS). The plasmon energy was found to decrease with increasing temperature, due not only to thermal expansion but also to chemical reordering in the glasses. The chemical reordering stimulates a specific solute cluster formation; M23(C, B)6 solute clusters began to form above about 200°C in both ribbon and bulk FeMo14C15B6Erx (x=0, 0.5, 1) metallic glasses. The formation of the M23(C, B)6 solute clusters was only found above 400°C in the ribbon FeMo14C15B6Er2 metallic glass, indicating inhibition of the M23(C, B)6 solute clusters occurred owing to the formation of Er-(C, B) complexes/clusters. The Er-(C, B) complexes/clusters were formed in the cooling process of the sample fabrication. In contrast to the ribbon sample, the formation of the M23(C, B)6 solute clusters did not occur in the bulk FeMo14C15B6Er2 metallic glass during heating. The amount of the Er-(C, B) complexes/clusters in the bulk sample was larger than that in the ribbon sample because of the slow cooling rate in the bulk sample fabrication. Because the solute carbon and boron atoms were mostly consumed by the formation of Er-(C, B) complexes/clusters in the bulk FeMo14C15B6Er2 metallic glass, the formation of M23(C, B)6 solute clusters was suppressed. This study demonstrates that chemical reordering during the relaxation of metallic glasses can be detected by the VEELS, providing valuable insight into the relaxation stage of metallic glass during heating.
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