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Power Law Relationship Between Diffusion Coefficients in Multi-Component Glass Forming Liquids

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Power Law Relationship Between Diffusion Coefficients in Multi-Component Glass Forming Liquids

Anshul D S Parmar et al. Eur Phys J E Soft Matter.

Abstract

The slow down of dynamics in glass forming liquids as the glass transition is approached has been characterised through the Adam-Gibbs relation, which relates relaxation time scales to the configurational entropy. The Adam-Gibbs relation cannot apply simultaneously to all relaxation times scales unless they are coupled, and exhibit closely related temperature dependences. The breakdown of the Stokes-Einstein relation presents an interesting situation to the contrary, and in analysing it, it has recently been shown that the Adam-Gibbs relation applies to diffusion coefficients rather than to viscosity or structural relaxation times related to the decay of density fluctuations. However, for multi-component liquids --the typical cases considered in computer simulations, metallic glass formers, etc.-- such a statement raises the question of which diffusion coefficient is described by the Adam-Gibbs relation. All diffusion coefficients can be consistently described by the Adam-Gibbs relation if they bear a power law relationship with each other. Remarkably, we find that for a wide range of glass formers, and for a wide range of temperatures spanning the normal and the slow relaxation regimes, such a relationship holds. We briefly discuss possible rationalisations of the observed behaviour.

Keywords: Flowing Matter: Liquids and Complex Fluids.

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