This work proposes a fundamental thermodynamic description of structural relaxation in glasses by establishing a link between the Prony series solution to volume relaxation derived from the principles of irreversible thermodynamics and asymmetric Lévy stable distribution of relaxation rates. Additionally, it is shown that the bulk viscosity of glass, and not the shear viscosity, is the transport coefficient governing structural relaxation. We also report the distribution of relaxation times and energy barrier heights underpinning stretched exponential relaxation. It is proposed that this framework may be used for qualitative and quantitative descriptions of the relaxation kinetics in glass.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
- Statistics and Probability
- Condensed Matter Physics