Thursday, January 10, 2013

1301.1795 (Walter Kob et al.)

Probing a liquid to glass transition in equilibrium    [PDF]

Walter Kob, Ludovic Berthier
We use computer simulations to investigate the static properties of a simple glass-forming fluid in which the positions of a finite fraction of the particles has been frozen in. By probing the equilibrium distribution of the overlap between independent configurations of the liquid, we find strong evidence that this random pinning induces a glass transition. At low temperatures, our numerical findings are consistent with the existence of a random first order phase transition rounded by finite size effects.
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