Volume 103, Number 4, August 2013
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Section||Condensed Matter: Structural, Mechanical and Thermal Properties|
|Published online||17 September 2013|
A thermodynamic description of colloidal glasses
1 Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale e dell'Informazione, Seconda Università di Napoli Real Casa dell'Annunziata, I-81031 Aversa (CE), Italy, EU
2 Laboratoire de Physique Théorique, Ecole Normale Supérieure, UMR 8549 CNRS - 24 Rue Lhomond, F-75005 Paris, France, EU
Received: 13 June 2013
Accepted: 25 August 2013
The phase behavior of hard-sphere particles interacting with a short-ranged potential is studied in the limit of infinite space dimensionality via the Franz-Parisi approach and the replica method of disordered systems. For an attractive square-well potential, the phase diagram exhibits reentrance of the liquid-glass transition, multiple glass states and glass-glass transition. For a repulsive square-shoulder potential no such special features are observed. Our results show that the Franz-Parisi approach can be consistently extended to deal with higher-order glass singularities and that interparticle attraction is crucial for complex glassy behavior in large enough dimensions, at least for monodisperse systems.
PACS: 64.70.Q- – Theory and modeling of the glass transition / 61.43.Fs – Glasses / 82.70.Dd – Colloids
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