Medium Range Ordering Structure and Silica Glass Transition

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After several decades of study, the ordering structure existing in vitreous silica and the nature of silica glass transition remain controversial. This work describes a newly proposed nanoflake model for the medium range structure in vitreous silica and discusses the formation and evolution of the ordering structure in the glass transition process. The results show that there is a cooling rate independent critical temperature Tc corresponding to the formation of the ordering structure. This indicates that silica glass transition is a second-order phase transition.

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This work was supported by the Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, of the US Department of Energy under Contract no. DE-AC02-05CH11231.

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Shangcong Cheng Medium Range Ordering Structure and Silica Glass Transition. Glass Phys Chem 45, 91–97 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1134/S1087659619020093

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Keywords:

  • vitreous silica
  • medium range ordering structure
  • silica glass transition
  • second-order phase transition
  • critical temperature