Aftershocks in slowly compressed bulk metallic glasses: Experiments and theory

Louis W. McFaul, Wendelin J. Wright, Xiaojun Gu, Jonathan T. Uhl, Karin A. Dahmen

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We observe two distinct interevent time patterns in the slip avalanches of compressed bulk metallic glasses (BMGs). Small slip avalanches cluster together in time, but large slip avalanches recur roughly periodically. We compare the timing patterns of BMG slip avalanches with timing patterns of earthquakes and with the predictions of a mean-field model. The time clustering of small avalanches is similar to the known time clustering of earthquake foreshocks and aftershocks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number063005
JournalPhysical Review E
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 28 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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