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Modeling velocity autocorrelation functions for confined fluids using \gamma distributions

Krishnan, SH and Ayappa, KG (2004) Modeling velocity autocorrelation functions for confined fluids using \gamma distributions. In: Journal of Chemical Physics, 121 (7). 3197 -3205.


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We propose a model for the short-time dynamics of fluids confined in slit-shaped pores. The model has been developed from the observation that the real lobe of the instantaneous normal mode density of states (INM DOS) closely follows a \gamma distribution. By proposing that the density of states of the confined fluid can be represented by a \gamma distribution, the resulting velocity autocorrelation function (VACF) is constructed such that it is accurate upto the fourth frequency moment. The proposed model results in an analytical expression for the VACF and relaxation times. The VACFs obtained from the model have been compared with the VACFs obtained from molecular dynamic simulations and INM analysis for fluids confined in slit-shaped pores over a wide range of confinement and temperatures. The model is seen to capture the short-time behavior of the VACF extremely accurately and in this region is superior to the predictions of the VACF obtained from the real lobe of the INM DOS. Although the model predicts a zero self-diffusivity, the predicted relaxation times are in better agreement with the molecular dynamics results when compared with those obtained from the INM theory.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Journal of Chemical Physics
Publisher: American Institute of Physics
Additional Information: Copyright for this article belongs to American Institute of Physics (AIP).
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Chemical Engineering
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2005
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:17
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/2552

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