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It takes two to tango: New quasicrystals and novel superconductors

Ranganathan, S (2001) It takes two to tango: New quasicrystals and novel superconductors. In: Current Science, 80 (6). pp. 729-732.

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Most elements are metallic. The remaining ones can be cajoled by suitable application of pressure or temperature to become metallic. The utility of metals is enhanced, when they are alloyed with each other. Contrary to popular belief, alloyed pleasures are many. The alloying of two elements leads to a binary alloy, as man found at the dawn of civilization by alloying copper with tin and iron with carbon in an inadvertent fashion. Since then, many alloys have been made with multi-components leading to ternary, quaternary, quinary and higher order alloys. We have over 3000 combinations possible for binary alloys. Their phase stability has been well documented.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Current Science
Publisher: Indian Academy of Sciences
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Indian Academy of Sciences.
Keywords: Quasi-Crystals;System;Alloys;Phase.
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Materials Engineering (formerly Metallurgy)
Date Deposited: 27 Aug 2009 05:47
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:55
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/17105

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