Toward broadband mechanical spectroscopy

Tina Hecksher, Darius Torchinsky, Christoph Klieber, Jeremy Johnson, Jeppe C. Dyre, Keith A. Nelson

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Diverse material classes exhibit qualitatively similar behavior when made viscous upon cooling toward the glass transition, suggesting a common theoretical basis. We used seven different measurement methods to determine the mechanical relaxation kinetics of a prototype molecular glass former over a temporal range of 13 decades and over a temperature range spanning liquid to glassy states. The data conform to time–temperature superposition for the main (alpha) process and to a scaling relation of schematic mode-coupling theory. The broadband mechanical measurements demonstrated have fundamental and practical applications in polymer science, geophysics, multifunctional materials, and other areas.
Original languageEnglish
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Science of the United States of America
Issue number33
Pages (from-to)8710-8715
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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