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Slowing down supercooled liquids by manipulating their local structure

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Abstract

Glasses remain an elusive and poorly understood state of matter. It is not clear how we can control the macroscopic dynamics of glassy systems by tuning the properties of their microscopic building blocks. In this paper, we propose a simple directional colloidal model that reinforces the optimal icosahedral local structure of binary hard-sphere glasses. We show that this specific symmetry results in a dramatic slowing down of the dynamics. Our results open the door to controlling the dynamics of dense glassy systems by selectively promoting specific local structural environments.

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The article was received on 28 Aug 2019, accepted on 26 Nov 2019 and first published on 27 Nov 2019


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C9SM01746A
Soft Matter, 2019, Advance Article

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    Slowing down supercooled liquids by manipulating their local structure

    S. Marín-Aguilar, H. H. Wensink, G. Foffi and F. Smallenburg, Soft Matter, 2019, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C9SM01746A

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