ICAMS / Interdisciplinary Centre for Advanced Materials Simulation


Correlation of strain fluctuations in 3D glass and supercooled liquid

Date: 25.06.2018
Place: 10 Years ICAMS - International Symposium, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany

Muhammad Hassani
Fathollah Varnik

We present a quantitative study of strain correlations in quiescent supercooled liquids and glasses. Recent two-dimensional computer simulations and experiments indicate that even supercooled liquids exhibit long-lived, long-range strain correlations. Here we investigate this issue in three dimensions via experiments on hard sphere colloids and molecular dynamics simulations of a glass forming binary Lennard Jones mixture. Both in the glassy state and in the supercooled regime, strain correlations are found to decay with a 1/r^{-3} power-law behavior, reminiscent of elastic fields around an inclusion. Moreover, theoretical predictions on the time dependence of the correlation amplitude are in line with the results obtained from experiments and simulations. It is argued that the size of the domain, which exhibits a ”solid-like” strain pattern in a supercooled liquid, is determined by the product of the speed of sound with the structural relaxation time.

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