Abstract for the talk at 23.06.2015 (16:00 h)Colloquium of the Faculty of Physics and Geosciences
Helmar Teichler (Georg-August-University, Goettingen)
Correlated Atomic Dynamics in Metallic Glass Forming Systems - Messages from Computer Simulations
Due to their amorphous structure, finite temperature glass-forming melts and glasses show a
competition between an immense number of atomic arrangements, a feature not found in a
similar pronounced way in crystalline samples. Changes between the arrangements lead to
sluggish, non-exponential decay of configurations, typical for this class of materials and
leading to glass formation. For metallic glasses and their melts, we consider findings from
actual computer simulations of glass dynamics, which allow relating the time-decay
characteristics of configurations with structural changes on the microscopic, atomistic level.
Thereby we bridge more than eight orders in time, from atomic vibrations on the sub-pico
second range to meso-scale micro second evolutions. In the presentation, key topics are shortand
medium-range order of the amorphous structure, basic vibration induced excitations, the
accumulation principle, and structure conserving correlations between excitations.