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Volume 84, Number 1, October 2008
|Number of page(s)||5|
|Section||Condensed Matter: Structural, Mechanical and Thermal Properties|
|Published online||18 September 2008|
Glassy dynamics in monodisperse hard ellipsoids
Institut für Physik, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität - Staudinger Weg 7, D-55099 Mainz, Germany, EU
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Accepted: 22 August 2008
We present evidence from computer simulations for glassy dynamics in suspensions of monodisperse hard ellipsoids. In equilibrium, almost spherical ellipsoids show a first-order transition from an isotropic phase to a rotator phase. When overcompressing the isotropic phase into the rotator regime, we observe super-Arrhenius slowing-down of diffusion and relaxation, accompanied by two-step relaxation in positional and orientational correlators. The effects are strong enough for asymptotic laws of mode-coupling theory to apply. Glassy dynamics are unusual in monodisperse systems. Typically, polydispersity in size, a mixture of particle species or network-forming covalent bonds are prerequisite to prevent crystallization. Here, we show that a slight particle anisometry acts as a sufficient source of disorder. This sheds new light on the question of which ingredients are required for glass formation.
PACS: 64.70.pv – Colloids / 61.20.Ja – Computer simulation of liquid structure / 61.25.Em – Molecular liquids
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