We used molecular dynamics (MD) to obtain an atomistic description of the melting, glass formation, and crystallization processes in metal alloys. These studies use the quantum Sutton-Chen many-body potentials for Cu, Ni, and Ag to examine the Cu4Ag6 and CuNi alloys. Using cooling rates in the range of 2 × 1012 to 4 × 1014 K/s, we find that CuNi and pure Cu always form a face-centered-cubic (fcc) crystal while Cu4Ag6 always forms a glass (with Tg decreasing as the quench rate increases). The crystal formers have radius ratios of 1.025 (CuNi) and 1.00 (Cu) while the glass former (CuAg) has a ratio of 1.13, confirming the role of size mismatch in biasing toward glass formation.
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