Universal mechanism of thermomechanical deformation in metallic glasses

W. Dmowski, Y. Tong, T. Iwashita, Y. Yokoyama, T. Egami

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We investigated the atomistic structure of metallic glasses subjected to thermomechanical creep deformation using high energy x-ray diffraction and molecular dynamics simulation. The experiments were performed in situ at high temperatures as a time dependent deformation in the elastic regime, and ex situ on samples quenched under stress. We show that all the anisotropic structure functions of the samples that have undergone thermomechanical creep can be scaled into a single curve, regardless of the magnitude of anelastic strain, stress level, and the sign of the stress, demonstrating universal behavior and pointing to a unique atomistic unit of anelastic deformation. The structural changes due to creep are strongly localized within the second nearest neighbors, involving only a small group of atoms.

Original languageEnglish
Article number060101
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Feb 11

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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