Unified theory for the glass transition dynamics and its singularities

T. Odagaki, J. Matsui, M. Fujisaki, M. Higuchi

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Vitrification is a gradual freezing process of supercooled liquids, during which a slow process is separated from the fast diffusive and microscopic motions. The slow process is identified as a non-trapped jump motion and can be characterized by the waiting time distribution (WTD) of the elementary relaxation process. We first show that the WTD can be expressed as a power law function in the long time limit in general with modest assumptions. Defining the glass transition temperature by vanishing diffusivity or the divergence of the mean waiting time, we relate the exponent to the Adam-Gibbs parameter TsC(T) where T is the temperature and sC(T) is the excess entropy. We also show that the divergence of the fluctuation of WTD leads to a cross over in the non-Gaussianity and present a unified view of the dynamics in the vitrification process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-169
Number of pages7
JournalMaterials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings
Publication statusPublished - 1997
EventProceedings of the 1996 MRS Fall Meeting - Boston, MA, USA
Duration: Dec 2 1996Dec 6 1996

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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