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The atomistic mechanism of fast relaxation processes in Cu65Zr35 glass

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Peer-reviewed

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Article

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Authors

Palomino Rico, P 
Papageorgiou, DG 
Greer, AL 
Evangelakis, GA 

Abstract

© 2017 Acta Materialia Inc. Molecular-dynamics simulations of the glass Cu 65 Zr 35 show a rattling mode of atomic motion. While the frequency of the rattling mechanism is essentially independent of temperature and of the strain applied to the glass, the fraction of atoms undergoing rattling is dependent on temperature and strain. It is argued that the rattling motions constitute the ‘fast processes’ that lie between β relaxation and the boson peak in the characteristic spectrum of dynamic modes in glasses. It is concluded that the fast processes are a precursor to β relaxation and that their inhomogeneous distribution in the metallic glass is the origin of the shear transformation zones governing the onset of plastic flow.

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Keywords

Amorphous alloy, Dynamic modes, Metallic glass, Molecular dynamics, Structural relaxation

Journal Title

Acta Materialia

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Journal ISSN

1359-6454
1873-2453

Volume Title

135

Publisher

Elsevier BV
Sponsorship
European Research Council (695487)
European Commission (607080)