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Contribution of floppy modes to configurational and excess entropy in chalcogenide glasses

Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids
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DOI: 10.1016/j.jnoncrysol.2006.08.028
  • Glass Transition
  • Chalcogenides
  • Calorimetry
  • Enthalpy Relaxation
  • Thermodynamics


Abstract In this work, following Naumis’ ideas [G.G. Naumis, Phys. Rev. B 61 (2000) R9205], we include the floppy modes as a free energy in order to obtain the configurational and excess entropy as well as the jump of the heat capacity of the chalcogenide glasses as function of the coordination number 〈 r〉. Theoretically, we find that S ex/ S c ranges from 1.5 for strong liquids (〈 r〉 = 2) to 2 for fragile ones (〈 r〉 = 2.4). These results are consistent with the values reported by Angell and Borick [C.A. Angell, S. Borick, J. Non-Cryst. Solids 307&310 (2002) 393], who find experimentally for selenium, 〈 r〉 = 2, S ex/ S c = 1.47. The proportionality between the configurational and total excess entropies supports the non-existence of the Adam–Gibbs equation paradox. Finally, using S c in the Adam–Gibbs equation we obtain a VFT-like equation as function of 〈 r〉, predicting that when 〈 r〉 increases, D decreases as well, as it has been seen in previous work.

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