Borate Glasses pp 369-376 | Cite as

Random Vector Statistical Studies of Amorphous Materials

  • C. R. Kurkjian
  • G. E. Peterson
  • A. Carnevale
Part of the Materials Science Research book series (MSR, volume 12)


The lack of translational symmetry in amorphous solids restricts the amount of information obtainable from direct diffraction studies of glass structure. It also complicates the manner in which the structure can itself be conveniently and concisely described. Because of these difficulties it is necessary to apply all of the available experimental and theoretical techniques to the solution of this problem. The presence of a quadrupole moment at its nucleus allows the variation in symmetry at boron sites to be conveniently studied by nuclear magnetic resonance. This is not the case for silicon and thus an added dimension is given to structural studies of borate glasses. Although glasses in which boron is the major or only glass former are rare, it is a very important ingredient in a large number of commercial glasses. Because of this, and because of the interesting and sometimes anomalous properties shown by borate glasses, their structure continues to be of special scientific and technological interest.


Anomalous Property Glass Structure Borate Glass Quadrupole Coupling Constant Commercial Glass 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • C. R. Kurkjian
    • 1
  • G. E. Peterson
    • 1
  • A. Carnevale
    • 1
  1. 1.Bell LaboratoriesMurray HillUSA

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