The potential energy landscape contribution to the dynamic heat capacity

JR Brown and JD McCoy, JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS, 134, 194503 (2011).

DOI: 10.1063/1.3590107

The dynamic heat capacity of a simple polymeric, model glassformer was computed using molecular dynamics simulations by sinusoidally driving the temperature and recording the resultant energy. The underlying potential energy landscape of the system was probed by taking a time series of particle positions and quenching them. The resulting dynamic heat capacity demonstrates that the long time relaxation is the direct result of dynamics resulting from the potential energy landscape. Moreover, the equilibrium (low frequency) portion of the potential energy landscape contribution to the heat capacity is found to increase rapidly at low temperatures and at high packing fractions. This increase in the heat capacity is explained by a statistical mechanical model based on the distribution of minima in the potential energy landscape. (C) 2011 American Institute of Physics. doi:10.1063/1.3590107

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