Polish on Metals

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SIR GEORGE BEILBY1 attributed the polish on metals to the covering over of the surface by a layer of amorphous metal resulting from rubbing, which causes the metal to flow and then harden as a supercooled liquid. Prof. G. P. Thomson's high-speed electron beam camera2 was used to investigate this.

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    Sir G. T. Beilby, "Aggregation and Flow of Solids".

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    G. P. Thomson, Proc. Roy. Soc., A, 128; 1931.

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FRENCH, R. Polish on Metals. Nature 129, 169–170 (1932) doi:10.1038/129169b0

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