The topics include a critical assessment of the random first-order transition
theory of glasses, the dielectric spectroscopy of glassy dynamics, glassiness in uniformly frustrated systems, dynamics in the crossover region of supercooled liquids, and glassy dynamics of proteins.
In a first-order transition
, such as the freezing of water when chilled, the jump from one state to the other is discontinuous.
The blends showed a single glass transition and no sign of a first-order transition
associated with the solid crystal-nematic phase transition of the LCP.
This is an important result for assessing future technological applications, since there is a definite limit, by virtue of being a first-order transition
, to which the materials properties can be tailored to achieve the highest critical currents.
9] polymorphs (deduced from electron diffraction data) do not exhibit group/subgroup relations, and, therefore, phase transitions between them must be first-order transitions
Generally, first-order transitions
such as melting give distinct peaks.