J. Phys. IV France
Volume 112, October 2003
Page(s) 751 - 754

J. Phys. IV France
112 (2003) 751
DOI: 10.1051/jp4:2003991

Electron diffraction refinement of the TiNi(Fe) R-phase structure

D. Schryvers and P.L. Potapov

EMAT, University of Antwerp, RUCA, Groenenborgerlaan 171, 2020 Antwerp, Belgium

The atom positions in the structure of the R-phase in a TiNi(Fe) intermetallic compound have been refined using the multi-slice least-squares method based on electron diffraction data obtained from 50 nm sized regions in a CM30 FEG TEM instrument. The refinement accounts for dynamic scattering including the specimen thickness and crystal misorientation as refining parameters. Compared with the original positions in the (111) planes of the parent B2 phase, each third Ti and Ni plane in the R-phase separates into three layers with different z-coordinates. The final data reveal a centre of symmetry in the R-phase structure leading to the $P\bar{3}$ space group in contrast to earlier suggestions of a P3 or $P\bar{3}$ lm group. Finally, it is suggested that the fine scale antiphase-like domains observed in the R-phase appear due to mirror planes over which the above mentioned atomic shifts in the structure are reversed. This phenomenon is expected to cause an artificial symmetry increase in the space group détermination when using CBED with a probe size close to the size of the domains.

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