Resolution of annealing experiments for the study of nonequilibrium states

Schwed, Philip.

The two techniques for conducting annealing experiments for the purpose of determining the distribution of atoms of a solid among non equilibrium states are considered. Related definitions for resolving power for annealing with steadily rising temperature and for annealing at a series of fixed temperatures are given. The necessary separation of activation energies for the resolution of two different non equilibrium states is found to be greater in the case of a steadily rising temperature, but of the order of 10 percent of the activation energy for both techniques. The resolving power in the case of a steadily rising temperature is independent of the rate of temperature rise.

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