Inorganic Materials

, Volume 39, Issue 8, pp 806–810 | Cite as

Mechanisms of the Allotropic Transition of Sn

  • A. D. Styrkas


The mechanisms of α-Sn nucleation on foreign seeds, including metastable ones, are considered. Based on earlier and new experimental data for induction times of α-Sn nucleation from 102 to 1011 s, it is suggested that spontaneous α-Sn nucleation is impossible because of kinetic hindrances in the solid phase.


Experimental Data Inorganic Chemistry Induction Time Kinetic Hindrance Allotropic Transition 
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  • A. D. Styrkas
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  1. 1.Institute of Solid State Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences, ChernogolovkaMoscow oblastRussia

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