Out-of-equilibrium dynamical fluctuations in glassy systems

Chamon, C.; Charbonneau, P.; Cugliandolo, L. F.; Reichman, D. R.; Sellitto, M.
November 2004
Journal of Chemical Physics;11/22/2004, Vol. 121 Issue 20, p10120
Academic Journal
In this paper we extend the earlier treatment of out-of-equilibrium mesoscopic fluctuations in glassy systems in several significant ways. First, via extensive simulations, we demonstrate that models of glassy behavior without quenched disorder display scalings of the probability of local two-time correlators that are qualitatively similar to that of models with short-ranged quenched interactions. The key ingredient for such scaling properties is shown to be the development of a criticallike dynamical correlation length, and not other microscopic details. This robust data collapse may be described in terms of a time-evolving “extreme value” distribution. We develop a theory to describe both the form and evolution of these distributions based on a effective σ model approach. © 2004 American Institute of Physics.


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