Suppression of disorder broadening of core-level photoelectron lines in CuAu alloys by inhomogeneous lattice distortion

T. Marten, I. A. Abrikosov, W. Olovsson, B. Johansson, R. J. Cole, G. Beamson, S. R. Haines, P. Weightman

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Disorder broadening of core-level binding energies is a general effect observed in random alloys, and identifies an opportunity for studying specific local environments experimentally. Here we study it in an archetypical system: face-centered-cubic Cu50Au50. While the disorder broadening is clearly detectable at Au, at Cu it is below the detection limit. We supplement experiments by a theoretical study where we model the alloy by a large supercell constructed as a special quasirandom structure and calculate binding-energy shifts at all sites in the supercell. Theory shows that the suppression of the disorder broadening at Cu results from a delicate balance between the influence of local chemical environment and inhomogeneous lattice distortions on the site-resolved core-level shifts. Surprisingly, even larger relaxation-induced shifts are observed at Au sites.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012201
Pages (from-to)-
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review B: Condensed matter and materials physics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2009

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