Vapor-deposited glasses of methyl-m-toluate: How uniform is stable glass transformation?

TitleVapor-deposited glasses of methyl-m-toluate: How uniform is stable glass transformation?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsTylinski, M., A. SepĂșlveda, Diane M. Walters, Y. Z. Chua, C. Schick, and M. D. Ediger
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Start Page244509
Date Published12/2015

AC chip nanocalorimetry is used to characterize vapor-deposited glasses of methyl-m-toluate (MMT). Physical vapor deposition can prepare MMT glasses that have lower heat capacity and significantly higher kinetic stability compared to liquid-cooledglasses. When heated, highly stable MMT glasses transform into the supercooled liquid via propagating fronts. We present the first quantitative analysis of the temporal and spatial uniformities of these transformation fronts. The front velocity varies by less than 4% over the duration of the transformation. For films 280 nm thick, the transformation rates at different spatial positions in the film differ by about 25%; this quantity may be related to spatially heterogeneous dynamics in the stable glass. Our characterization of the kinetic stability of MMT stable glasses extends previous dielectric experiments and is in excellent agreement with these results.