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Flying to the bottom

It has been shown that glasses prepared by physical vapour deposition have extraordinary stability. A computer algorithm that mimics such a process has now identified the optimal deposition temperature and the glasses' structural features.

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Figure 1: The energy landscape of a glass.
Figure 2: Diagram of a vapour-deposited glass configuration.


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Parisi, G., Sciortino, F. Flying to the bottom. Nature Mater 12, 94–95 (2013).

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