22_08b/2010Metallic Glass Nanowires: Controlled Formation and Mechanical Characterization of Metallic Glassy Nanowires (Adv. Mater. 8/2010)

Owing to the absence of dislocation defects and grain boundaries, the amorphous structure of metallic glass possesses superior mechanical properties compared to its crystalline counterparts. Koji Nakayama and co-workers present on p. 872 a method that is capable of producing metallic glass nanowires. The image shows that the free end wire in the center oscillates like a sine-wave pattern implying extremely high elasticity. The authors have succeeded to measure these mechanical properties at the nanoscale.

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