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Anti-Aging in Ultrastable Metallic Glasses

Abstract : As ultrastable metallic glasses (UMGs) are promising candidates to solve the stability issues of conventional metallic glasses, their study is of exceptional interest. By means of x-ray photon correlation spectroscopy, we have investigated the stability of UMGs at the atomic level. We find a clear signature of ultrastability at the atomic level that results in slower relaxation dynamics of UMGs with respect to conventional (rapidly quenched) metallic glasses, and in a peculiar acceleration of the dynamics by near Tg annealing. This surprising phenomenon, called here anti-aging, can be understood in the framework of the potential energy landscape. For all samples, the structural relaxation process can be described with a highly compressed shape of the density fluctuations, unaffected by thermal treatments and regardless of the ultrastability of the glass.
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M. Luttich, Valentina Giordano, Sylvie Le Floch, E. Pineda, F. Zontone, et al.. Anti-Aging in Ultrastable Metallic Glasses. Physical Review Letters, American Physical Society, 2018, 120 (13), pp.135504. ⟨10.1103/PhysRevLett.120.135504⟩. ⟨hal-02290273⟩



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