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Dynamics of fluids in quenched-random potential energy landscapes: a mode-coupling theory approach

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Abstract

Motivated by a number of recent experimental and computational studies of the dynamics of fluids plunged in quenched-disordered external fields, we report on a theoretical investigation of this topic within the framework of the mode-coupling theory, based on the simple model of the hard-sphere fluid in a Gaussian random field. The possible dynamical arrest scenarios driven by an increase of the disorder strength and/or of the fluid density are mapped, and the corresponding evolutions of time-dependent quantities typically used for the characterization of anomalous self-diffusion are illustrated with detailed computations. Overall, a fairly reasonable picture of the dynamics of the system at hand is outlined, which in particular involves a non-monotonicity of the self-diffusion coefficient with fluid density at fixed disorder strength, in agreement with experiments. The disorder correlation length is shown to have a strong influence on the latter feature.

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The article was received on 17 May 2017, accepted on 23 Jun 2017 and first published on 26 Jun 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM00984D
Citation: Soft Matter, 2017,13, 5283-5297
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    Dynamics of fluids in quenched-random potential energy landscapes: a mode-coupling theory approach

    T. Konincks and V. Krakoviack, Soft Matter, 2017, 13, 5283
    DOI: 10.1039/C7SM00984D

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