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Solid State Amorphization Reactions in thin Film Diffusion Couples


Meng, Wen Jin (1988) Solid State Amorphization Reactions in thin Film Diffusion Couples. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/E13T-CN40.


Metastable materials including amorphous materials have traditionally been synthesized from either the vapor or the liquid state. Very recently, it has been demonstrated that an amorphous alloy can be obtained by interdiffusion reactions in crystalline binary thin-film diffusion couples. This thesis focuses its study on the formation of amorphous alloys and the subsequent formation of crystalline compounds in thin-film diffusion couples. Both the thermodynamics and kinetics of amorphous phase formation have been examined. The evolution of these diffusion couples has been followed in some detail. Relevant factors governing the evolution of diffusion couples in general will be discussed.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Subject Keywords:Thin film diffusion couples, amorphous materials, thermodynamics and kinetics
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Engineering and Applied Science
Major Option:Applied Physics
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Johnson, William Lewis (advisor)
  • Bellan, Paul Murray (co-advisor)
Thesis Committee:
  • Johnson, William Lewis (chair)
  • McGill, Thomas C.
  • Corngold, Noel Robert
  • Fultz, Brent T.
  • Bellan, Paul Murray
  • Nicolet, Marc-Aurele
Defense Date:7 January 1988
Non-Caltech Author Email:wmeng1 (AT)
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Department of Energy (DOE)UNSPECIFIED
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-11022007-094005
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ID Code:4373
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Deposited On:16 Nov 2007
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