Photoemission and inverse-photoemission spectroscopy (PES and IPES) measurements were carried out on polycrystalline Mg97Zn1Y2, Mg85Zn6Y9, and Mg75Zn10Y15 alloys with a synchronized long-period stacking ordered phase together with non-doped Mg to investigate the valence- and conduction-band electronic structures, respectively. It was found from the valence-band PES spectra that the non-doped Mg includes at most 25% of an intrinsic oxidation portion. With increasing impurity concentration, the valence-band density of states (DOS) very slightly changes, while the conduction-band DOS drastically varies. The contributions of the impurity elements are clarified using a density functional theory calculation for the Mg85Zn6Y9 alloy. The core-level PES measurements were also performed at the Mg 2s, 2p, Zn 3p, 3d, and Y 3d levels to study the chemical natures of the corresponding elements. The Y 3d core spectrum exhibits mostly three doublets in Mg97Zn1Y2, while mostly only one in the heavily doped alloys, reflecting a coexistence of three different sites of the Y atoms; ones in the Zn6Y8 L12 clusters, ones in their fragments, and isolated ones in Mg97Zn1Y2.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Mechanics of Materials
- Mechanical Engineering
- Metals and Alloys
- Materials Chemistry