Influence of fictive temperature and composition of silica glass on anomalous elastic behaviour

Research paper by R Le Parc, C Levelut, J Pelous, V. Martinez, B Champagnon

Indexed on: 10 Jul '06Published on: 10 Jul '06Published in: Physics - Materials Science


In order to point out the influence of thermal history (fictive temperature) and OH content on the elastic properties of silica glass, we have performed high resolution in situ Brillouin spectra of SiO2 glass from room temperature to the supercooled liquid at 1773K across the glass transition. The well known anomalous increase of elastic modulus in the glassy state and in the supercooled liquid regime is observed. No change of slope in the elastic moduli of silica appears as a characteristic of glass transition, on the contrary to what happens in various other glasses. We show that thermal history has a weak effect on elastic moduli in the glass transition regime for silica glass. The effect of water content in silica glass is more efficient than the fictive temperature effect and gives larger changes in the amplitude of elastic modulus for the same thermal dependence. A singular decrease above 1223K is also observed in the shear moduli for hydrated samples. Different models explaining elastic properties temperature dependence in relationship with frozen-in density fluctuations or with the structure are discussed.