THERMAL PROPERTIES OF TeO2-ZnO-Na2O GLASSES: EFFECT OF Dy2O3 DOPING

S. Badamasi, Y.A. Tanko

Abstract


Over the years there has been numerous researches on thermal stability and other thermal parameters of glasses. Among the glasses, tellurite glasses has become more interesting but challenging lately. These properties are essential in unravelling the physical properties of the glasses. But there is not much information on thermal properties of Dysprosium doped zinc sodium tellurite glass, hence the need for this study. Therefore systematic series of quaternary zinc sodium tellurite glasses doped with dysprosium ion in the form (65-x)TeO2-25ZnO-10NaO-xDy2O3 (where x = 0.0, 0.4, 0.8, 1.2, 1.6, and 2.5 mol%) have been successfully prepared via conventional melt quenching technique. X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) pattern was used to confirm the amorphous nature of the glasses, while density (ρ) of the prepared glasses were obtained via Archimedes method. Differential thermal analysis (DTA) curves for the studied glass samples with different Dy2O3 contents have been obtained to determine the glass transition temperature (


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