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Microscopic observation of two-level systems in a metallic glass model

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Abstract

The low-temperature quasi-universal behavior of amorphous solids has been attributed to the existence of spatially localized tunneling defects found in the low-energy regions of the potential energy landscape. Computational models of glasses can be studied to elucidate the microscopic nature of these defects. Recent simulation work has demonstrated the means of generating stable glassy configurations for models that mimic metallic glasses using the swap Monte Carlo algorithm. Building on these studies, we present an extensive exploration of the glassy metabasins of the potential energy landscape of a variant of the most widely used model of metallic glasses. We carefully identify tunneling defects and reveal their depletion with increased glass stability. The density of tunneling defects near the experimental glass transition temperature appears to be in good agreement with experimental measurements.

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hal-03920514 , version 1 (03-01-2023)

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Felix Mocanu, Ludovic Berthier, Simone Ciarella, Dmytro Khomenko, David Reichman, et al.. Microscopic observation of two-level systems in a metallic glass model. Journal of Chemical Physics, 2023, 158 (1), pp.014501. ⟨10.1063/5.0128820⟩. ⟨hal-03920514⟩
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