|Title||Accelerating ferroic ageing dynamics upon cooling|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2016|
|Authors||Zhang, J, Mao, Y, Wang, D, Li, J, Wang, Y|
|Journal||Npg Asia Materials|
|Keywords||alloys, martensitic transformations, relaxor ferroelectrics, spin-glass, strain glass, systems, transition|
Once a structural glass is formed, its relaxation time will increase exponentially with decreasing temperature. Thus, the glass has little chance of transforming into a crystal upon further cooling to zero Kelvin. However, a spontaneous transition upon cooling from amorphous to long-range ordered ferroic states has been observed experimentally in ferroelastic, ferroelectric and ferromagnetic materials. The origin for this obvious discrepancy is discussed here conceptually. We present a combined theoretical and numerical study of this phenomenon and show that the diffusive and displacive atomic processes that take place in structural glass and amorphous ferroics, respectively, lead to markedly different temperature-dependent relaxation behaviors, one being 'colder is slower' and the other being 'colder is faster'.
|Short Title||NPG Asia Mater.|