The phenomenology of the laboratory glass transition is examined in the enthalpy landscape framework. It is shown that a generic description of the glassy state based on partitioning of the phase space caused by the finiteness of the time of observation explains all universal features of glass transition. Using this description of glass, which is referred to as the extrinsically constrained liquid, expressions are derived for properties of glass and for property changes at the laboratory glass transition. A model enthalpy landscape is used to illustrate the basic concepts of this description. Additional new consequences of this description, such as the role of complexity in glass transition and the zero residual entropy of a glass, are discussed.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physics and Astronomy(all)
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry