Microscopic dynamics of supercooled liquids from first principles

L.M.C. Janssen, D.R. Reichman

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The transition from a liquid to a glass remains one of the most poorly understood phenomena in condensed matter physics, and still no fully microscopic theory exists that can describe the dynamics of supercooled liquids in a quantitative manner over all relevant time scales. Here, we present a theoretical framework that yields near-quantitative accuracy for the time-dependent correlation functions of a glass-forming system over a broad density range. Our approach requires only simple static structural information as input and is based entirely on first principles. Owing to its ab initio nature, the framework offers a unique platform to study the relation between structure and dynamics in glass-forming matter, and paves the way towards a systematically correctable and ultimately fully quantitative theory of microscopic glassy dynamics.

Original languageEnglish
Article number205701
Number of pages5
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 9 Nov 2015
Externally publishedYes


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