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Multi-scale structuration of glasses: Observations of phase separation and nanoscale heterogeneities in glasses by Z-contrast scanning electron transmission microscopy

Abstract : Chemical fluctuations are probed in glasses obtained with different thermal histories using scanning transmission electron microscopy in high angle annular dark field mode. Direct imaging of the glass structure is obtained at the sub-nanometer scale with Z-contrast. Macroscopic glass-in-glass separation is probed in a slowly quenched melt where chemical resolution allows the determination of the regions associated with Zr/Zn atoms. In a quickly cooled glass, exempt of macroscopic phase separation, a segregation of Zr/Zn atoms is still evidenced but on a different length scale, suggesting either the beginnings of glass separation or intrinsic features of the glass structure. Glass inhomogeneities must be taken into account to have a quantitative evaluation of nucleation processes. These "nano"-heterogeneities can be associated with the nucleation of zirconia phases, giving important clues to understand the nucleation pathways and the structural role of nucleating agents in aluminosilicate glasses
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Olivier Dargaud, Laurent Cormier, N. Menguy, Gilles Patriarche. Multi-scale structuration of glasses: Observations of phase separation and nanoscale heterogeneities in glasses by Z-contrast scanning electron transmission microscopy. Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids, Elsevier, 2012, 358, pp.1257-1262. ⟨10.1016/j.jnoncrysol.2012.02.026⟩. ⟨hal-01024722⟩

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