Martensitic transformation path of NiTi

N. Hatcher, O. Yu Kontsevoi, A. J. Freeman

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We present the structural evolution mechanism during the NiTi martensitic transformation and show the origins of this behavior in electronic and phononic anomalies. By employing highly precise all-electron density-functional theory calculations, we establish a barrierless transformation path for equiatomic NiTi consisting of a basal shear composed of bilayer 〈100〉 {011} stacking faults to the B2 phase followed by another basal shear which causes a relaxation of the structure's monoclinic angle and results in the B1 9′ phase. This path is traced to evolving Fermi-surface nesting regions, which drive the structural transformation between the austenitic and martensitic phases.

Original languageEnglish
Article number020202
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 5 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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