Structural Studies of Liquids and Glasses Using Aerodynamic Levitation

  • Thomas Farmer

Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

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  1. Front Matter
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About this book


This thesis presents neutron scattering data that contribute to the understanding of four distinct areas of condensed matter physics, including iso-compositional liquid-liquid phase transitions and the glass formation in rare earth doped BaTi2O5.
In situ aerodynamic levitation with laser heating was combined with neutron scattering in order to study both liquid-liquid phase transitions in (Y2O3)x(Al2O3)1-x, and the atomic and magnetic ordering in liquid Invar. Among several significant results, obtained in this case from small angle neutron scattering, was the absence of a phase transition across a range of temperatures and compositions in the yttria aluminates.  As these are a principal system in which liquid-liquid phase transitions have been hypothesized, this is an important contribution in a contentious area.


Aerodynamic Levitation with Laser Heating Glass Formation in Rare Earth Doped BaTi2O5 Isocompositional Liquid-liquid Phase Transition Isotopic Substitution of Liquid Invar Liquid Indium Selenide Liquid-liquid Phase Transitions Neutron Diffraction of Amorphous Materials Structure of Doped BTO Glass

Authors and affiliations

  • Thomas Farmer
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  1. 1.School of Physics, University of BristolH.H. Wills Physics LaboratoryBristolUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-06574-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-06575-5
  • Series Print ISSN 2190-5053
  • Series Online ISSN 2190-5061
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