Activated Bond-Breaking Processes Preempt the Observation of a Sharp Glass-Glass Transition in Dense Short-Ranged Attractive Colloids
We study—using molecular dynamics simulations—the temperature dependence of the dynamics in a dense short-ranged attractive colloidal glass to find evidence of the kinetic glass-glass transition predicted by the ideal mode coupling theory. According to the theory, the two distinct glasses are stabilized, one by excluded volume and the other by short-ranged attractive interactions. By studying the density autocorrelation functions, we discover that the short-ranged attractive glass is unstable. Indeed, activated bond-breaking processes slowly convert the attractive glass into the hard-sphere one, preempting the observation of a sharp glass-glass transition.
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