# An evidence for a microscopic phase separation in AsSeAg glasses revealed by thermal and structural investigations

Pattanayak, Pulok and Asokan, S (2008) An evidence for a microscopic phase separation in AsSeAg glasses revealed by thermal and structural investigations. In: European Physical Journal B (EPJ B), The - Condensed Matter, 62 (3). pp. 277-280.

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## Abstract

Alternating Differential Scanning Calorimetric (ADSC)studies show that Se rich $As_{20}Se_{80-x}Ag_x$(0 \leq x \leq 15) glasses exhibit two endothermic glass transitions and two exothermic crystallization peaks;the observed thermal behavior has been understood on the basis that $As_{20}Se_{80-x}Ag_x$ glasses are microscopically phase separated, containing $Ag_2Se$ phases embedded in an As-Se backbone. With increasing silver concentration, the $Ag_2Se$ phase percolates in the As-Se matrix, with a well-defined percolation threshold at x = 8. A signature of this percolation transition is shown up in the thermal behavior, as sudden jumps in the composition dependence of non-reversing enthalpy, \triangle$H_{nr}$ obtained at the second glass transition reaction. Scanning Electron Microscopic (SEM) studies also confirm the microscopic phase separation in these glasses. The super-ionic conduction observed earlier in these glasses at higher silver proportions, is likely to be associated with the silver phase percolation.

Item Type: Journal Article Copyright of this article belongs to Springer. Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Instrumentation and Applied Physics (Formally ISU) 18 Jul 2008 19 Sep 2010 04:47 http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/15080