Synthesis of single-component metallic glasses by thermal spray of nanodroplets on amorphous substrates

Q An and SN Luo and WA Goddard and WZ Han and B Arman and WL Johnson, APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS, 100, 041909 (2012).

DOI: 10.1063/1.3675909

We show that single component metallic glasses can be synthesized by thermal spray coating of nanodroplets onto an amorphous substrate. We demonstrate this using molecular dynamics simulations of nanodroplets up to 30 nm that the spreading of the nanodroplets during impact on a substrate leads to sufficiently rapid cooling (10(12)-10(13) K/s) sustained by the large temperature gradients between the thinned nanodroplets and the bulk substrate. However, even under these conditions, in order to ensure that the glass transition outruns crystal nucleation, it is essential that the substrate be amorphous (eliminating sites for heterogeneous nucleation of crystallization). (C) 2012 American Institute of Physics. doi:10.1063/1.3675909

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