Europhys. Lett.
Volume 64, Number 3, November 2003
Page(s) 302 - 308
Section General
Published online 01 November 2003
DOI: 10.1209/epl/i2003-00174-3
Europhys. Lett., 64 (3) , pp. 302-308 (2003)

Dynamical arrest in a geometric model for the glass transition

K. A. Dawson1, S. Franz2 and M. Sellitto2

1  University College Dublin, Irish Centre for Colloid Science and Biomaterials Department of Chemistry - Belfield Dublin 4, Ireland
2  The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics Strada Costiera 11, 34100 Trieste, Italy

(Received 2 June 2003; accepted in final form 22 August 2003)

We investigate the nature of the slow relaxation in a three-dimensional lattice binary mixture with soft geometric constraints. We find that at high particle density the equilibrium relaxation time diverges with a super-Arrhenius law (like a double exponential of the inverse temperature), resulting in history-dependent properties typical of glassy relaxation. By a non-local Monte Carlo algorithm we equilibrate the system and determine its phase diagram in the temperature-density representation. The system exhibits a first-order melting transition line, and no apparent signature of the mean-field glassy scenario.

05.20.-y - Classical statistical mechanics.
64.70.Pf - Glass transitions.
64.60.My - Metastable phases.

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