Journal article

Does a Growing Static Length Scale Control the Glass Transition?

Several theories of the glass transition propose that the structural relaxation time tau(alpha) is controlled by a growing static length scale. that is determined by the free energy landscape but not by the local dynamic rules governing its exploration. We argue, based on recent simulations using particle-radius-swap dynamics, that only a modest factor in the increase in ta on approach to the glass transition may stem from the growth of a static length, with a vastly larger contribution attributable, instead, to a slowdown of local dynamics. This reinforces arguments that we base on the observed strong coupling of particle diffusion and density fluctuations in real glasses.


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