Stretched Exponential Relaxation of Glasses at Low Temperature

YT Yu and MY Wang and DW Zhang and B Wang and G Sant and M Bauchy, PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS, 115, 165901 (2015).

DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.115.165901

The question of whether glass continues to relax at low temperature is of fundamental and practical interest. Here, we report a novel atomistic simulation method allowing us to directly access the long-term dynamics of glass relaxation at room temperature. We find that the potential energy relaxation follows a stretched exponential decay, with a stretching exponent beta = 3/5, as predicted by Phillips's diffusion- trap model. Interestingly, volume relaxation is also found. However, it is not correlated to the energy relaxation, but it is rather a manifestation of the mixed alkali effect.

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