Theories of relaxation

George W. Scherer

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The phenomenology of the glass transition is briefly reviewed. Four classes of theories for the transition are discussed: rheological theories that account for the temperature dependence of the viscosity and/or relaxation time τp; kinetic theories that predict the form of the relaxation function Mp; relaxation theories that explain both the form of Mp and the temperature dependence of τp; and phenomenological theories that describe the kinetics of relaxation without reference to a microscopic model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)75-89
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Non-Crystalline Solids
Issue number1-3
StatePublished - Aug 2 1990

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Materials Chemistry


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