Gradenigo, Giacomo (2009) The study of surface tension within the random first-order theory of glass transition. PhD thesis, University of Trento.
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The behavior of surface tension within the random first-order theory (RFOT) of glass transition is studied in a glass-forming liquid model by means of ad-hoc numerical methods. The spinodal point for RFOT excitations turns out to be well defined as a function of the energy of inherent structures (IS), i.e. the minima of potential energy which underlie the equilibrium configurations. The corresponding spinodal temperature, although not sharply defined, lies definitely above the mode coupling one. The role played by surface tension within the context of dynamical heterogeneities is also studied by means of a dynamic algorithm in which the overlap with the initial configuration is constrained along equilibrium dynamics. Indications are found that, in the proximity of the mode coupling temperature, a phase-separation between high and low overlap regions occurs, driven by surface tension. The existence of a positive surface tension between amorphous excitations, in the proximity of the mode-coupling temperature, is therefore observed for both static and dynamic excitations.
|Item Type:||Doctoral Thesis (PhD)|
|Subjects:||Area 02 - Scienze fisiche > FIS/02 FISICA TEORICA, MODELLI E METODI MATEMATICI|
Area 02 - Scienze fisiche > FIS/03 FISICA DELLA MATERIA
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