The Vitreous State

Thermodynamics, Structure, Rheology, and Crystallization

  • Ivan S. Gutzow
  • Jürn W.P. Schmelzer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Ivan S. Gutzow, Jürn W. P. Schmelzer
    Pages 1-5
  3. Ivan S. Gutzow, Jürn W. P. Schmelzer
    Pages 127-164
  4. Ivan S. Gutzow, Jürn W. P. Schmelzer
    Pages 165-217
  5. Ivan S. Gutzow, Jürn W. P. Schmelzer
    Pages 219-288
  6. Ivan S. Gutzow, Jürn W. P. Schmelzer
    Pages 289-331
  7. Ivan S. Gutzow, Jürn W. P. Schmelzer
    Pages 333-365
  8. Ivan S. Gutzow, Jürn W. P. Schmelzer
    Pages 395-415
  9. Ivan S. Gutzow, Jürn W. P. Schmelzer
    Pages 417-424
  10. Ivan S. Gutzow, Jürn W. P. Schmelzer
    Pages 425-441
  11. Ivan S. Gutzow, Jürn W. P. Schmelzer
    Pages 443-445
  12. Ivan S. Gutzow, Jürn W. P. Schmelzer
    Pages 447-523
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 525-553

About this book

Introduction

This book summarizes the experimental evidence and modern classical and theoretical approaches in understanding the vitreous state, from structural problems, over equilibrium and non-equilibrium thermodynamics, to statistical physics. Glasses, and especially silicate glasses, are only the best known representatives of this particular physical state of matter. Other typical representatives include organic polymer glasses, and many other easily vitrifying organic and inorganic substances, technically important materials, amidst them vitreous water and vitrified aqueous solutions, and also many metallic alloy systems. Some of these systems only form glasses under particular conditions, e.g. through ultra-rapid cooling. This book describes the properties and the formation of both every-day technical glasses and especially of such more exotic forms of vitreous matter.
It is a unique source of knowledge and new ideas for materials scientists, engineers and researchers working on condensed matter. The new edition emphasizes latest experimental findings and modern theories, explaining the kinetics of glass formation, the relaxation and stabilization of glasses and their crystallization in terms of new models, derived from the framework of the thermodynamics of irreversible processes. It shows how the properties of common technical glasses, window glass, or the vitreous ice kernel of comets can be used to develop a new understanding of the existence of matter in various, unusual forms. The developed theoretical models can find application even in the description of lasers and in unusual processes in the universe.

Keywords

Condensed Matter Physics Crystallization Glass Science Inorganic Chemistry Materials Science Solid State Physics Theory of phase formation Thermodynamics of irreversible processes Vitreous water Vitrifying organic and inorganic substances

Authors and affiliations

  • Ivan S. Gutzow
    • 1
  • Jürn W.P. Schmelzer
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Physical ChemistryBulgarian Academy of SciencesSofiaBulgaria
  2. 2.Institut für PhysikUniversität RostockRostockGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-34633-0
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-34632-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-34633-0