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Anomalous glassy relaxation near the isotropic-nematic phase transition

Jose, Prasanth P and Chakrabarti, Dwaipayan and Bagchi, Biman (2005) Anomalous glassy relaxation near the isotropic-nematic phase transition. [Preprint]


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Dynamical heterogeneity in a system of Gay-Berne ellipsoids near its isotropic-nematic (I-N) transition, and also in an equimolar mixture of Lennard-Jones spheres and Gay-Berne ellipsoids in deeply supercooled regime, is probed by the time evolution of non-Gaussian parameters (NGP). The appearance of a dominant second peak in the rotational NGP near the I-N transition signals the growth of pseudonematic domains. Surprisingly, such a second peak is instead observed in the translational NGP for the glassy binary mixture. Localization of orientational motion near the I-N transition is found to be responsible for the observed anomalous orientational relaxation.

Item Type: Preprint
Publication: Physical review. E, Statistical, nonlinear, and soft matter physics
Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Solid State & Structural Chemistry Unit
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2007
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:24
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/5650

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