Friday, 28 November 2008

The Glassy State

  • Glass is a state of matter.
  • Glasses combine some properties of crystals and some of liquids but are distinctly different from both.
  • Glasses have the mechanical rigidity of crystals, but the random disordered arrangement of molecules that characterises liquids.
  • Glasses are usually formed by melting crystalline materials at very high temperatures. When the melt cools, the atoms are locked into a random (disordered) state before they can form into a perfect crystal arrangement.

The complete description can be seen at the Corning Museum of Glass