Mixing Effects for the Structural Relaxation in Binary Hard-Sphere Liquids
We report extensive molecular-dynamics-simulation results for binary mixtures of hard spheres for different size disparities and different mixing percentages, for packing fractions up to 0.605, and over a characteristic time interval spanning up to 5 orders in magnitude. We explore the changes in the evolution of glassy dynamics due to mixing and discover two opposite scenarios: For large size disparity, increasing the mixing percentage of small particles leads to a speed up of long-time dynamics, while small disparity leads to a slowing down. These results agree with predictions based on the mode-coupling theory for ideal-glass transitions.
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