Heterogeneous structure and ionic transport properties of silver chalcogenide glasses

Junichi Kawamura, Naoaki Kuwata, Takanari Tanji

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Silver chalcogenide glasses is a new example of the importance of concentration fluctuation in supercooled liquid state to ionic conductivity, which remains as a nano to micro phase separation in glassy state. The frozen heterogeneous structures of Ag-GeSe3 glasses have been investigated precisely by using FE-SEM and EPMA analysis. The variation of the local structure is studied by NMR and Raman scattering. From these structure analyses, the Ag-Ge-Se and Ag-Ge-S system have a bistable structure in supercooled liquid state, which is edge sharing GeSe4 based network with Se-Se chains and corner sharing GeSe4 network combined with Ag without Se-Se bonding. During the glass forming process, the homogeneous liquid separates into these two different structures to form micro heterogeneous structure in the glassy state. The silver ionic transport is only possible in the latter composition region, which is separated with each other below the composition x=0.3 and is connected with each other to form percolation path above x=0.3. The previously reported conductivity jump at x=0.3 is the consequence of the percolation transition and is expressed by generalized effective medium approximation (GEMA).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComplex Systems - 5th International Workshop on Complex Systems
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Event5th International Workshop on Complex Systems - Sendai, Japan
Duration: 2007 Sept 252007 Sept 28

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616


Conference5th International Workshop on Complex Systems


  • Chalcogenide glass
  • Generalized effective medium approximation
  • Heterogeneous structure
  • Ionic conductivity
  • Micro phase separation
  • Percolation
  • Superionic conductor glass


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