[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The local atomic structure of the glassy Al(92)U(8) alloy was modelled by the reverse Monte Carlo (RMC) method, fitting x-ray diffraction (XRD) and extended x-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) signals. The final structural model was analysed by means of partial pair correlation functions, coordination number distributions and Voronoi tessellation. In our study we found that the most probable atomic separations between Al-Al and U-Al pairs in the glassy Al(92)U(8) alloy are 2.7 Å and 3.1 Å with coordination numbers 11.7 and 17.1, respectively. The Voronoi analysis did not support evidence of the existence of well-defined building blocks directly embedded in the amorphous matrix. The dense-random-packing model seems to be adequate for describing the connection between solvent and solute atoms.
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The structure of sputtered amorphous Ge(2)Sb(2)Te(5) was investigated by high energy x-ray diffraction, neutron diffraction and Ge-, Sb- and Te K-edge EXAFS measurements. The five datasets were modelled simultaneously in the framework of the reverse Monte Carlo simulation technique. It was found that apart from Te-Sb and Te-Ge bonds existing in the crystalline phases, Ge-Ge and Sb-Ge bonding is also significant in sputtered amorphous Ge(2)Sb(2)Te(5). According to our results, all components obey the '8-N' rule.