General Aspects of the Crystallization of Glass

  • C. G. Bergeron


Crystallization is generally viewed as a two-step process. The first step involves the formation of a stable nucleus and the second the growth of the nucleus to form a crystal. Nucleation may be classified as either homogeneous or heterogeneous. If nucleation occurs within a pure phase, where the probability of such an occurrence is the same throughout the phase, the process is described as homogeneous. Heterogeneous nucleation involves the formation of a nucleus at an interface which serves to catalyze the reaction. Such discontinuities as container walls, bubble surfaces, or particles of a second phase may provide an energetically favorable site for a nucleus to form.


Free Energy Change Screw Dislocation Large Undercoolings Small Undercoolings Strontium Borate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. G. Bergeron
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of Ceramics Engineering and Materials Research LaboratoryUniversity of IllinoisUrbana-ChampaignUSA

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