Tuesday, June 25, 2013

1306.5640 (Robert L. Jack et al.)

Dynamical correlations in a glass-former with randomly pinned particles    [PDF]

Robert L. Jack, Christopher J. Fullerton
The effects of randomly pinning particles in a model glass-forming fluid are studied, with a focus on the dynamically heterogeneous relaxation in the presence of pinning. We show how four-point dynamical correlations can be analysed in real space, allowing direct extraction of a length scale that characterises dynamical heterogeneity. In the presence of pinning, the relaxation time of the glassy system increases by up to two decades, but there is almost no increase in either the four-point correlation length or the strength of the four-point correlations. We discuss the implications of these results for theories of the glass transition.
View original: http://arxiv.org/abs/1306.5640

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