Ga-Pb alloys with 15 at% Pb mean concentration have been prepared at the nanoscale by means of evaporation-condensation technique in ultra high vacuum conditions. Transmission electron microscope images indicate that at room temperature, the system is a two-components breath figure composed of liquid Ga nanodrops containing Pb nanocrystals. Some thermodynamic properties of this nano-alloy are investigated for different temperatures and particle sizes. The results obtained put in evidence a large modification of the Ga-Pb bulk phase diagram: a decrease of the melting temperatures of the two components as well as the ones of the miscibility gap. Changes in the microscopic structure of the system as a function of temperature have been investigated and a full wetting transition from a dry to a completely wet state has been put in evidence.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics