GLOSSARY: Amorphous Solids

Amorphous Solids are solids that have a disordered atomic structure. In contrast, solids that exhibit long-range order in the atomic positions are called crystallines or morphous. Most classes of solid materials can be found or prepared in an amorphous form. For instance, common window glass is an amorphous solid, many polymers (such as polystyrene) are amorphous, and even junk foods such as cotton candy are amorphous solids.