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Title: Toward broadband mechanical spectroscopy

Diverse material classes exhibit qualitatively similar behavior when made viscous upon cooling toward the glass transition, suggesting a common theoretical basis. In this paper, 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. Finally, the broadband mechanical measurements demonstrated have fundamental and practical applications in polymer science, geophysics, multifunctional materials, and other areas.
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  1. Roskilde Univ. (Denmark). Glass and Time. Dept. of Science and Environment
  2. Massachusetts Inst. of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA (United States). Dept. of Physics
  3. Massachusetts Inst. of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA (United States). Dept. of Chemistry
Publication Date:
Grant/Contract Number:
FG02-00ER15087; CHE-1111557; DNRF61
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 114; Journal Issue: 33; Journal ID: ISSN 0027-8424
National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC (United States)
Research Org:
Massachusetts Inst. of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA (United States); Roskilde Univ. (Denmark)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22); National Science Foundation (NSF); Danish National Research Foundation (Denmark); Villum Foundation (Denmark)
Country of Publication:
United States
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL, AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; viscous liquids; broadband mechanical spectroscopy; mode-coupling theory
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