Mystery of metallic glass is cracked

Johns Hopkins University scientists say they`ve discovered how atoms pack themselves in unusual materials known as metallic glasses.

The findings reached by the researchers using state-of-the-art lab techniques and powerful computer simulations will help scientists better understand the atomic scale structure of the material that is used to make sports equipment, cell phone cases, armor-piercing projectiles and other products.'How the atoms pack themselves in metallic glass has been a mystery,' said Howard Sheng, an associate research scientist and lead author of the study. 'We set out to decipher this packing information, and we were ultimately able to provide a clear description of how the atoms arrange themselves in metallic glass.'The results of the two-year research project are reported in the Jan. 26 issue of the journal Nature.Johns Hopkins University scientists say they`ve discovered how atoms pack themselves in unusual materials known as metallic glasses.

The findings reached by the researchers using state-of-the-art lab techniques and powerful computer simulations will help scientists better understand the atomic scale structure of the material that is used to make sports equipment, cell phone cases, armor-piercing projectiles and other products.

'How the atoms pack themselves in metallic glass has been a mystery,' said Howard Sheng, an associate research scientist and lead author of the study. 'We set out to decipher this packing information, and we were ultimately able to provide a clear description of how the atoms arrange themselves in metallic glass.'

The results of the two-year research project are reported in the Jan. 26 issue of the journal Nature.

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