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J Phys Condens Matter. 2012 Dec 19;24(50):505106. doi: 10.1088/0953-8984/24/50/505106. Epub 2012 Nov 23.

Step-wise kinetics of natural physical ageing in arsenic selenide glasses.

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Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA 18015-3195, USA.


The long-term kinetics of physical ageing at ambient temperature is studied in Se-rich As-Se glasses using the conventional differential scanning calorimetry technique. It is analysed through the changes in the structural relaxation parameters occurring during the glass-to-supercooled liquid transition in the heating mode. Along with the time dependences of the glass transition temperature (T(g)) and partial area (A) under the endothermic relaxation peak, the enthalpy losses (ΔH) and calculated fictive temperature (T(F)) are analysed as key parameters, characterizing the kinetics of physical ageing. The latter is shown to have step-wise character, revealing some kinds of subsequent plateaus and steep regions. A phenomenological description of physical ageing in the investigated glasses is proposed on the basis of an alignment-shrinkage mechanism and first-order kinetic equations.

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