Glass transition is considered, as well as the wide range of theoretical approaches that are used to understand this phenomenon. The author provides a detailed discussion of Boson peaks, FSDP, Polymorphism, fragility, structural techniques, and theoretical modelling methods such as Monte Carlo and Molecular Dynamics simulation. The book covers ion and electron transport in glasses, mixed-alkali effect, fast ion conduction, power law and scaling behaviour, electron localization, charged defects, photo-structural effects, elastic properties, pressure-induced transitions, switching behaviour, colour, and optical properties of glasses. Special features of a variety of oxide, chalcogenide, halide, oxy-nitride and metallic gasses are discussed.
With over 140 sections, this book captures most of the important and topical aspects of glass science, and will be useful for both newcomers to the subject and the experienced practitioner.
The Glassy State. Structural approach to glass formation. Continuous random network model. Random close packing model. Bonding theories.
The Glass Transition Phenomenon. Structural frustration model. Cluster model of glasses and glass transition. Polyamorphism. Fragility and glass forming liquids.
Structural Techniques. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance. Vibrational spectroscopy. IR spectroscopy. Raman spectroscopy.
Theoretical Studies. Monte Carlo and Reverse Monte Carlo methods. MD simulation. Quantum chemical calculations.
D.C. Conductivity. Optical basicity and ionic conductivity. Mixed Alkali Effect. Theories of MAE. Mixed ionic effect.
A.C. Conductivity. Alternate formulation of dielectric data. Theoretical models of a.c. conductivity. Jump relaxation model. Diffusion Controlled Relaxation model.
Semiconducting Glasses. Variable Range Hopping. Thermoelectric power. Hall coefficient. Polaronic transport.
Relaxation Phenomena. Thermodynamics in the region of glass transition. Two Level States and relaxation. Enthalpy relaxation. Enthalpy relaxation and a.c. heat c
"Professor Rao has delivered a well-written treatise on the physical chemical aspects of inorganic glasses that should find its place on the shelves of researchers and students of these interesting materials" @source:Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol. 125