A second-order transition
in which a supercooled melt yields, on cooling, a glassy structure. Below the glass-transition temperature
the physical properties vary in a manner similar to those of the crystalline phase.
Example: Lithium disilicate crystals melt at
the melt can be supercooled to the glass-transition temperature
below which the viscous liquid freezes to a rigid amorphous glass.
PAC, 1994, 66, 577
(Definitions of terms relating to phase transitions of the solid state (IUPAC Recommendations
on page 583
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