Thermalization calorimetry: A simple method for investigating glass transition and crystallization of supercooled liquids

Bo Jakobsen, Alejandro Sanz, Kristine Niss, Tina Hecksher, Ib Høst Pedersen, Torben Steen Rasmussen, Tage Emil Christensen, Niels Boye Olsen, Jeppe C. Dyre

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We present a simple method for fast and cheap thermal analysis on supercooled glass-forming liquids. This “Thermalization Calorimetry” technique is based on monitoring the temperature and its rate of change during heating or cooling of a sample for which the thermal power input comes from heat conduction through an insulating material, i.e., is proportional to the temperature difference between sample and surroundings. The monitored signal reflects the sample’s specific heat and is sensitive to exo- and endothermic processes. The technique is useful for studying supercooled liquids and their crystallization, e.g., for locating the glass transition and melting point(s), as well as for investigating the stability against crystallization and estimating the relative change in specific heat between the solid and liquid phases at the glass transition
Original languageEnglish
Article number055019
JournalA I P Advances
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 19 May 2016

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