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Title: Related structure characters and stability of structural defects in a metallic glass
Authors: Niu, XF
Feng, SD 
Pan, SP
Keywords: Metallic glass
Quasi-nearest atom
Molecular dynamics simulations
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Molecular Diversity Preservation International (MDPI)
Source: Materials, Apr. 2018, v. 11, no. 4, 468 How to cite?
Journal: Materials 
Abstract: Structural defects were investigated by a recently proposed structural parameter, quasi-nearest atom (QNA), in a modeled Zr50Cu50 metallic glass through molecular dynamics simulations. More QNAs around an atom usually means that more defects are located near the atom. Structural analysis reveals that the spatial distribution of the numbers of QNAs displays to be clearly heterogeneous. Furthermore, QNA is closely correlated with cluster connections, especially four-atom cluster connections. Atoms with larger coordination numbers usually have less QNAs. When two atoms have the same coordination number, the atom with larger five-fold symmetry has less QNAs. The number of QNAs around an atom changes rather frequently and the change of QNAs might be correlated with the fast relaxation metallic glasses.
EISSN: 1996-1944
DOI: 10.3390/ma11040468
Rights: © 2018 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (
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