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Destabilisation of the hexatic phase in systems of hard disks by quenched disorder due to pinning on a lattice

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Abstract

We investigate the effect of quenched disorder on the melting mechanism of two-dimensional hard disks using large-scale event-driven molecular dynamics simulations. The two-stage melting scenario of a continuous solid–hexatic and a first-order hexatic–liquid transition for a 2D system of hard disks does not persist in the case of quenched disorder, which arises by pinning less than one percent of the particles on a triangular lattice. Based on the Halperin–Nelson–Young (HNY) renormalization group equation, we observe that a first-order solid–liquid transition preempts the Kosterlitz–Thouless-type solid–hexatic transition in a 2D system of hard disks with quenched disorder as the stiffness of the crystal is increased by the presence of pinned particles.

Graphical abstract: Destabilisation of the hexatic phase in systems of hard disks by quenched disorder due to pinning on a lattice

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Submitted
24 Dec 2014
Accepted
11 Feb 2015
First published
13 Feb 2015

Soft Matter, 2015,11, 2852-2856
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Destabilisation of the hexatic phase in systems of hard disks by quenched disorder due to pinning on a lattice

W. Qi and M. Dijkstra, Soft Matter, 2015, 11, 2852
DOI: 10.1039/C4SM02876G

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