Volume 111, Number 5, September 2015
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Section||Condensed Matter: Structural, Mechanical and Thermal Properties|
|Published online||29 September 2015|
The static lengthscale characterizing the glass transition at lower temperatures
1 Department of Chemical Physics, The Weizmann Institute of Science - Rehovot 76100, Israel
2 TIFR Center for Interdisciplinary Science - Narsingi, Hyderabad, 500075, India
Received: 30 March 2015
Accepted: 4 September 2015
The existence of a static lengthscale that grows in accordance with the dramatic slowing-down observed at the glass transition is a subject of intense interest. Due to limitations on the relaxation times reachable by standard molecular-dynamics techniques (i.e. a range of about 4–5 orders of magnitude) it was until now impossible to demonstrate a significant enough increase in any proposed lengthscale. In this letter we explore the typical scale at unprecedented lower temperatures. A Swap Monte Carlo approach allows us to reach a lengthscale growth by more than 500%. We conclude by discussing the relationship between the observed lengthscale and various models of the relaxation time, proposing that the associated increase in relaxation time approaches experimental values.
PACS: 64.70.P- – Glass transitions of specific systems / 61.43.Fs – Glasses / 64.70.Q- – Theory and modeling of the glass transition
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