Nature of the glass transition

D. L. Stein, R. G. Palmer

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    Abstract

    We propose a picture whereby the kinetic glass transition observed in the laboratory is controlled by an underlying phase transition with unusual properties. We assume that the line of metastable liquid states below the freezing temperature ends in a fixed point, and show that this picture is in accord with a number of experimental observations, including the vanishing of the excess configurational entropy of the liquid and the Vogel-Fulcher law. Differences between this scenario and current theories of systems whose Hamiltonian possesses quenched disorder are discussed.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)12035-12038
    Number of pages4
    JournalPhysical Review B
    Volume38
    Issue number16
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 1988

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    Glass transition
    Hamiltonians
    glass
    Liquids
    liquids
    Freezing
    freezing
    Entropy
    Phase transitions
    disorders
    entropy
    Kinetics
    kinetics
    Temperature
    temperature

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    Stein, D. L., & Palmer, R. G. (1988). Nature of the glass transition. Physical Review B, 38(16), 12035-12038. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.38.12035

    Nature of the glass transition. / Stein, D. L.; Palmer, R. G.

    In: Physical Review B, Vol. 38, No. 16, 1988, p. 12035-12038.

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    Stein, DL & Palmer, RG 1988, 'Nature of the glass transition', Physical Review B, vol. 38, no. 16, pp. 12035-12038. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.38.12035
    Stein, D. L. ; Palmer, R. G. / Nature of the glass transition. In: Physical Review B. 1988 ; Vol. 38, No. 16. pp. 12035-12038.
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