The Glass Transition

Relaxation Dynamics in Liquids and Disordered Materials

  • Ernst-Joachim Donth

Part of the Springer Series in MATERIALS SCIENCE book series (SSMATERIALS, volume 48)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVII
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  3. Ernst-Joachim Donth
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 381-419

About this book


This is the first book dedicated to the glass transition since this concept became recognized as a distinct and independent field of investigation. The glass transition is a synonym for relaxation and dynamics in complex disordered systems, especially in liquids. It embraces time-scales ranging from picoseconds to years. The book describes and interrelates the following processes: cooperative alpha processes in a cold liquid, structural relaxation in the glass near Tg, the Johari-Goldstein beta process, the Williams-Götze process in a warm liquid, fast nonactivated cage rattling and boson peak, and ultraslow Fischer modes. By describing the salient facts, explaining and discussing the fundamentals, the author attempts to introduce a unifying concept for the entire material. The formulas, diagrams and references are carefully selected to illustrate the main current ideas about the glass transition.


Disordered materials Dynamics of liquids Glass state Glass transition dynamics glass liquid

Authors and affiliations

  • Ernst-Joachim Donth
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of HalleHalle(Saale)Germany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-07519-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-04365-3
  • Series Print ISSN 0933-033X
  • Series Online ISSN 2196-2812
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