Researchers at the Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo have uncovered the mechanism and structural origin behind "avalanches", where particles packed into a disordered "glassy" state suddenly undergo ordering. The finding may guide how detrimental structural change in glassy materials and drugs may be avoided.
Journal Title : Nature Communications, 8 15505 (2017)
Article Title : Common mechanism of thermodynamic and mechanical origin for ageing and crystallisation of glasses
Author(s) : Taiki Yanagishima, John Russo, Hajime Tanaka