Atomically smooth surfaces through thermoplastic forming of metallic glass

Golden Kumar, Peter A. Staffier, Jerzy Blawzdziewicz, Udo D. Schwarz, Jan Schroers

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We demonstrate that atomically smooth surfaces can be generated by thermoplastic forming of metallic glasses. This is enabled by the flow associated with the contact-line motion which removes rough surface layer from the advancing metallic glass-air interface. The thermoplastically formed surface is two orders of magnitude smoother than a polished surface of the same alloy. This process is capable of generating atomically smooth surfaces and replicating nanoscale features in a single processing step, providing a versatile toolbox for nanofabrication.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101907
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number10
StatePublished - Sep 6 2010


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