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9 May 2003 Nanoscale dynamics in glass
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Proceedings Volume 5112, Noise as a Tool for Studying Materials; (2003)
Event: SPIE's First International Symposium on Fluctuations and Noise, 2003, Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States
A number of recent experiments and simulations give strong support for the idea that dynamics vary with position in glassy materials. Relaxation times appear to be correlated over a few nanometers, supportive of the notion of cooperatively rearranging regions (CRR). But details of the local cooperative dynamics are still mysterious, and certain issues, such as the heterogeneity lifetime, remain controversial. I will describe experiments in which molecular cooperativity was directly observed near the glass transition, through nanometer-scale probing of dipolar noise in polymer glasses. The dynamics and evolution of individual CRR was studied. The CRR were found to revisit a handful (2-4) of configurations up to hundreds of times. Statistical analysis of the noise give information about the lifetime of the CRR, the local shape and evolution of the energy landscape, and the evolution from exponential to nonexponential response. * E. Vidal Russell and N. E. Israeloff, Nature 408, 695 (2000).
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Nathan E Israeloff, K. Sinnathamby, and E. Vidal Russell "Nanoscale dynamics in glass", Proc. SPIE 5112, Noise as a Tool for Studying Materials, (9 May 2003);

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