Mössbauer, x-ray diffraction, and microscopy investigations of novel electrodeposited amorphous alloys
New Sn-Fe binary, Sn-Co-Fe, and Sn-Ni-Fe ternary alloys were successfully deposited from an electrolyte based on sodium gluconate. X-ray diffraction and 57Fe and 119Sn Mössbauer results confirmed the existence of new metastable amorphous ferromagnetic and paramagnetic alloy phases within these deposits. It was possible to find deposition conditions at which the amorphous alloy phase was found to be a dominant phase for all the electrodeposits investigated. A nearly random distribution of alloying elements may be considered as a model of short-range order in the amorphous phases.