- Locally preferred structures and many-body static correlations in viscous liquids doi link

Auteur(s): Coslovich D.(Corresp.)

(Article) Publié: Physical Review E: Statistical, Nonlinear, And Soft Matter Physics, vol. 83 p.051505 (2011)
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DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.83.051505
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The influence of static correlations beyond the pair level on the dynamics of selected model glass formers is investigated. The pair structure, angular distribution functions, and statistics of Voronoi polyhedra of two well-known Lennard-Jones mixtures as well as of the corresponding Weeks-Chandler-Andersen variants, in which the attractive part of the potential is truncated, are compared. By means of the Voronoi construction, the atomic arrangements corresponding to the locally preferred structures of the models are identified. It is found that the growth of domains formed by interconnected locally preferred structures signals the onset of the slow-dynamics regime and allows the rationalization of the different dynamic behaviors of the models. At low temperature, the spatial extension of the structurally correlated domains, evaluated at fixed relaxation time, increases with the fragility of the models and is systematically reduced by truncating the attractions. In view of these results, proper inclusion of many-body static correlations in theories of the glass transition appears crucial for the description of the dynamics of fragile glass formers.