Decoupling of exchange and persistence times in atomistic models of glass formers

LO Hedges and L Maibaum and D Chandler and JP Garrahan, JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS, 127, 211101 (2007).

DOI: 10.1063/1.2803062

With molecular dynamics simulations of a fluid mixture of classical particles interacting with pairwise additive Weeks-Chandler-Andersen potentials, we consider the time series of particle displacements and thereby determine the distributions for local persistence times and local exchange times. These basic characterizations of glassy dynamics are studied over a range of supercooled conditions and were shown to have behaviors, most notably decoupling, similar to those found in kinetically constrained lattice models of structural glasses. Implications are noted.

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