Irreversibility of pressure induced boron speciation change in glass

Morten M. Smedskjaer, Randall E. Youngman, Simon Striepe, Marcel Potuzak, Ute Bauer, Joachim Deubener, Harald Behrens, John C. Mauro, Yuanzheng Yue

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It is known that the coordination number (CN) of atoms or ions in many materials increases through application of sufficiently high pressure. This also applies to glassy materials. In boron-containing glasses, trigonal BO 3 units can be transformed into tetrahedral BO 4 under pressure. However, one of the key questions is whether the pressure-quenched CN change in glass is reversible upon annealing below the ambient glass transition temperature (T g). Here we address this issue by performing 11 B NMR measurements on a soda lime borate glass that has been pressure-quenched at ∼0.6 GPa near T g. The results show a remarkable phenomenon, i.e., upon annealing at 0.9T g the pressure-induced change in CN remains unchanged, while the pressurised values of macroscopic properties such as density, refractive index, and hardness are relaxing. This suggests that the pressure-induced changes in macroscopic properties of soda lime borate glasses compressed up to ∼0.6 GPa are not attributed to changes in the short-range order in the glass, but rather to changes in overall atomic packing density and medium-range structures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number3770
JournalScientific reports
StatePublished - Jan 20 2014

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