The electronic transport in α-Al-Mn(Si) is examined in view of the co-operation of Mackay icosahedra Al42Mn12. We calculate resistivities and resistances by means of the Kubo formula and the Buettiker formula, respectively. We find the following: (i) Large resistances result from the electronic coherence in the Mn subsystem just beyond the length scale of the unit cell. Most important in this respect is the orientation order of the Mackay icosahedra. After randomizing the cluster orientation the system behaves like amorphous metals. (ii) Direct links between icosahedra via Al-glue atoms can considerably change the transport behavior (shifts of narrow spectral features).
Solbrig, H., Landauro, C. V., & Löser, A. (2000). Electronic transport in Al-Mn systems with icosahedral clusters. Materials Science and Engineering A, 596-599. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0921-5093(00)01116-3