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Structural and microscopic relaxations in a colloidal glass

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The aging dynamics of a colloidal glass has been studied by multiangle dynamic light scattering, neutron spin echo, X-ray photon correlation spectroscopy and molecular dynamics simulations. The two relaxation processes, microscopic (fast) and structural (slow), have been investigated in an unprecedentedly wide range of time and length scales covering both ergodic and nonergodic regimes. The microscopic relaxation time remains diffusive at all length scales across the glass transition scaling with wavevector Q as Q−2. The length-scale dependence of structural relaxation time changes from diffusive, characterized by a Q−2-dependence in the early stages of aging, to a Q−1-dependence in the full aging regime which marks a discontinuous hopping dynamics. Both regimes are associated with a stretched behaviour of the correlation functions. We expect these findings to provide a general description of both relaxations across the glass transition.

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The article was received on 08 Sep 2014, accepted on 31 Oct 2014 and first published on 03 Nov 2014

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C4SM02010C
Citation: Soft Matter, 2015,11, 466-471
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    Structural and microscopic relaxations in a colloidal glass

    F. Augusto de Melo Marques, R. Angelini, E. Zaccarelli, B. Farago, B. Ruta, G. Ruocco and B. Ruzicka, Soft Matter, 2015, 11, 466
    DOI: 10.1039/C4SM02010C

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