The European Physical Journal Applied Physics

Semiconductors and Devices

Calorimetric studies of chalcogenide glasses in the system Se-S

O. El-Shazlya1, T. Ramadana2, N. El-Ananya3, H. A. Motaweha3 and E. F. El-Wahidya4

Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, United Arab Emirates University, PO Box 17551, Al-Ain, United Arab Emirates

Institute of Graduate Studies and Research, Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt

Department of Physics and Chemistry, Faculty of Education, Damanhour, Alexandria University, Egypt

Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt


Differential scanning calorimetry measurements under non-isothermal conditions were performed on the chalcogenide glasses Se98−x S x Sn2 (x = 8, 18) and Se77 S20 X3 (X = Sn, Pb). The values of the glass transition temperature and crystallization temperature were found to depend on the heating rate. The activation energy for the glass transition and the activation energy for crystallization were calculated from the heating rate-dependence. The thermal stability and the glass forming tendency were calculated and they were found to have the same trend.

(Received December 9 1998)

(Revised November 6 2000)

(Accepted December 13 2000)

(Online publication March 15 2001)


  • 81.05.Gc – Amorphous semiconductors;
  • 81.70.Pg – Thermal analysis, differential thermal analysis (DTA), differential thermogravimetric analysis