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Origin of “memory glass” effect in pressure-amorphized rare-earth molybdate single crystals


Willinger,  Elena
Inorganic Chemistry, Fritz Haber Institute, Max Planck Society;
Institute of Solid State Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences;

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Willinger, E., Sinitsyn, V., Khasanov, S., Redkin, B., Shmurak, S., & Ponyatovsky, E. (2015). Origin of “memory glass” effect in pressure-amorphized rare-earth molybdate single crystals. Journal of Solid State Chemistry, 222, 1-6. doi:10.1016/j.jssc.2014.10.035.

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The memory glass effect (MGE) describes the ability of some materials to recover the initial structure and crystallographic orientation after pressure-induced amorphization (PIA). In spite of numerous studies the nature and underlying mechanisms of this phenomenon are still not clear. Here we report investigations of MGE in β′-Eu2(MoO4)3 single crystal samples subjected to high pressure amorphization. Using the XRD and TEM techniques we carried out detailed analysis of the structural state of high pressure treated single crystal samples as well as structural transformations due to subsequent annealing at atmospheric pressure. The structure of the sample has been found to be complex, mainly amorphous, however, the amorphous medium contains evenly distributed nanosize inclusions of a paracrystalline phase. The inclusions are highly correlated in orientation and act as “memory units” in the MGE.