This week in glass news, researchers at the University of Mainz have made strides in understanding the composition and formation of glass. Students in the graduate program of materials science conducted an optical experiment on hard-sphere model systems and were able to draw new conclusions about the structure of the formed glass.
“We were able to show that the regions with more densely packed spheres and a little more order coincide with those areas where the hard spheres clearly move more slowly,” said Sebastian Golde, a member of the research team, according to the article. The experiment used both static and dynamic light scattering methods, and with that, the team was able to build dynamic maps of the materials studied at a higher resolution, albeit smaller, than models build previously. With such images, the team was able to study the structure’s progress over time and make new theories as to the formation of glass. The research has recently been published in the journal Nature Physics as an advanced online publication.
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