J. Phys. IV France 03 (1993) C4-311-C4-316
Supercooling studies in n-p-cyano-p-heptyl biphenyl using positron, lifetime spectroscopyK. CHANDRAMANI SINGH and P.C. JAIN
Department of Physics & Astrophysics, University of Delhi, Delhi 110 007, India
Supercooling studies have been performed in n-p-cyano-p-heptyl biphenyl using positron lifetime spectroscopy. Positron lifetime measurements have been performed during the heating cycle of samples prepared by either quenching or slow cooling from the nematic phase. The behaviour of these two samples is found to be different. In case of the quenched sample, the material seems to have transformed into a glassy solid. The o-Ps pick-off lifetime in the quenched sample exhibits a strong temperature dependence. Its value exhibits six broad peaks at 176, 195, 214, 233, 248 and 257K. These temperatures have been ascribed to various molecular motions. The sample exhibits a glass transition at about 268K.
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