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Searching for the 'Perfect Glass'
June 16, 2011
Glass differs from crystals. Crystals are organized in repeating patterns that extend in every direction. Glass lacks this strict organization, but does sometimes demonstrate order among neighboring atoms. New research from Carnegie Institution's Geophysical Laboratory reveals the possibility of creating a metallic glass that is organized on a larger scale.
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