Differential thermal analysis has been carried out on AgGaS2 samples in order to investigate the relationship between the superheating of the melt and the supercooling behaviour of the material leading to an improvement of crystal growth conditions. The knowledge gained will be correlated to the crystal growth experiments which had been carried out by using the gradient freezing method.
Authors:V. Vasilyev, E. Kalevich, V. Radchenko, E. Shimbarev, V. Egunov, A. Izmalkov, and V. Vasilyev
Thermal decomposition of oxalate and nitrate hydrates of transplutonium elements has been studied by differential thermal and X-ray analysis, under heating in helium and oxygen. The formation heats of anhydrous crystalline Am(III) and Cm(III) nitrates were estimated from DTA data. Data of the self-decomposition of244Cm(III) salts under the influence of inherent -radiation were obtained.
A highly simplified method for calculating heat of phase transitions from DTA data is presented. Two DTA curves are needed to calculate the heat of transition and the specific heat of the sample: one is for the original sample and one is for a sample prepared by mixing the original sample with some unreactive diluent the specific heat of which is known. The data of the DTA curves used in the calculations are the peak area, the rate of heating and the deviation of the DTA curve from the base line.