Numerical and theoretical study of a monodisperse hard-sphere glass former.


Journal Article

There exists a variety of theories of the glass transition and many more numerical models. But because the models need built-in complexity to prevent crystallization, comparisons with theory can be difficult. We study the dynamics of a deeply supersaturated monodisperse four-dimensional (4D) hard-sphere fluid, which has no such complexity, but whose strong intrinsic geometrical frustration inhibits crystallization, even when deeply supersaturated. As an application, we compare its behavior to the mode-coupling theory (MCT) of glass formation. We find MCT to describe this system better than any other structural glass formers in lower dimensions. The reduction in dynamical heterogeneity in 4D suggested by a milder violation of the Stokes-Einstein relation could explain the agreement. These results are consistent with a mean-field scenario of the glass transition.

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Cited Authors

  • Charbonneau, P; Ikeda, A; van Meel, JA; Miyazaki, K

Published Date

  • April 14, 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 81 / 4 Pt 1

Start / End Page

  • 040501 -

PubMed ID

  • 20481668

Pubmed Central ID

  • 20481668

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1550-2376

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1539-3755

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1103/physreve.81.040501


  • eng