Physica B: Condensed Matter

Volumes 241–243, December 1997, Pages 909-911
Physica B: Condensed Matter

Neutron scattering studies of glassy and liquid ZnCl2


Neutron scattering measurements on ZnCl2 have been performed with both the DUALSPEC high-resolution powder diffractometer and triple-axis spectrometer at Chalk River Laboratories. The static structure factor S(Q) and the elastic structure factor S(Q, 0) are compared at temperatures between 300 and 680 K, spanning the glass, supercooled liquid and normal liquid phases. The temperature dependence of S(Q, 0) is more pronounced than that of S(Q, 0), showing that there is a large inelastic component in S(Q). The heights of the peaks in S(Q,0) and S(Q) exhibit a change in slope with temperature at Tg=375±5 K, the glass transition temperature. The faster decrease observed above Tg is caused by the onset of β-relaxation, as predicted by mode-coupling theory.


Amorphous materials
Glass transition
Neutron scattering