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Probing the Equilibrium Dynamics of Colloidal Hard Spheres above the Mode-Coupling Glass Transition

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Original languageEnglish
Article number085703
Pages (from-to)-
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume102
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - 27 Feb 2009

Abstract

We use dynamic light scattering and computer simulations to study equilibrium dynamics and dynamic heterogeneity in concentrated suspensions of colloidal hard spheres. Our study covers an unprecedented density range and spans seven decades in structural relaxation time, tau(alpha), including equilibrium measurements above phi(c), the location of the glass transition deduced from fitting our data to mode-coupling theory. Instead of falling out of equilibrium, the system remains ergodic above phi(c) and enters a new dynamical regime where tau(alpha) increases with a functional form that was not anticipated by previous experiments, while the amplitude of dynamic heterogeneity grows slower than a power law with tau(alpha), as found in molecular glass formers close to the glass transition.

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  • SCATTERING FUNCTION, SUSPENSIONS, PARTICLES, LIQUIDS, SPECTROSCOPY, STATE

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