Geometrical frustration and static correlations in hard-sphere glass formers

Charbonneau, Benoit; Charbonneau, Patrick; Tarjus, Gilles
March 2013
Journal of Chemical Physics;Mar2013, Vol. 138 Issue 12, p12A515
Academic Journal
We analytically and numerically characterize the structure of hard-sphere fluids in order to review various geometrical frustration scenarios of the glass transition. We find generalized polytetrahedral order to be correlated with increasing fluid packing fraction, but to become increasingly irrelevant with increasing dimension. We also find the growth in structural correlations to be modest in the dynamical regime accessible to computer simulations.


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