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Lennard-Jones binary mixture in disordered matrices: exploring the mode coupling scenario at increasing confinement

We present results of molecular dynamics simulations performed on a Lennard-Jones liquid binary mixture confined in matrices of soft spheres at increasing packing fraction. We study the dynamical properties of the liquid at a given density upon supercooling. Our aim is to test the validity of the mode coupling theory in predicting the behaviour of the glass forming liquid when it is under confinement in a disordered matrix. We use two different methods to build up the confining environment. We focus in particular on the behaviour of the single particle density correlators. We find a close agreement with the mode coupling theory at least for all the range of packing fractions examined. Discrepancies between the theory and the computer simulation results can be attributed to hopping effects which are more important at increasing confinement.

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