Low-temperature phase transition of nanoscale copper precipitates in Fe-Cu alloys

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The low-temperature internal friction spectra and specific-heat measurements of Fe-1%Cu alloys show the existence of a discontinuity at 122 K which is assigned to the structural phase transition of nanosize-Cu precipitates. The change in the internal friction coefficient across the phase transition, and the enthalpy change are found to be proportional to the precipitate average radius R, showing a linear dependence in the case of internal friction and a R3 dependence in the case of specific-heat anomalies in a very good agreement with theoretical model


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)140203-140203
JournalPhysical Review B
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2010


  • internal friction, Cu precipitates, phase transition

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