Athermal component of amorphisation in phase-change alloys and chalcogenide glasses

Alexander V. Kolobov, Paul Fons, Milos Krbal, Junji Tominaga

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While it is generally believed that the role of light in phase-change process is simply to heat the material, we demonstrate that amorphisation process in both phase-change materials and chalcogenide glasses can proceed without going through the liquid phase. We discuss the crucial role that resonant bonding and bonding energy hierarchy play in athermal amorphisation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2398-2401
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Non-Crystalline Solids
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Sept 1
Externally publishedYes


  • Athermal amorphysation
  • Density functional theory
  • Phase-change materials
  • X-ray absorption spectroscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Materials Chemistry


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