Reduced strength and extent of dynamic heterogeneity in a strong glass former as compared to fragile glass formers

H Staley and E Flenner and G Szamel, JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS, 143, 244501 (2015).

DOI: 10.1063/1.4938082

We examined dynamic heterogeneity in a model tetrahedral network glass- forming liquid. We used four-point correlation functions to extract dynamic correlation lengths xi(a)(4)(t) and susceptibilities chi(a)(4)(t) corresponding to structural relaxation on two length scales a. One length scale corresponds to structural relaxation at nearest neighbor distances and the other corresponds to relaxation of the tetrahedral structure. We find that the dynamic correlation length xi(a)(4) grows much slower with increasing relaxation time than for model fragile glass formers. We also find that chi(a)(4) similar to (xi(a)(4))(z) for a range of temperatures, but z < 3 at the lowest temperatures examined in this study. However, we do find evidence that the temperature where Stokes-Einstein violation begins marks a temperature where there is a change in the character of dynamically heterogeneous regions. Throughout the paper, we contrast the structure and dynamics of a strong glass former with that of a representative fragile glass former. (C) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC.

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