Brownian Dynamics: From Glassy To Trivial

Condensed Matter journal club

Brownian Dynamics: From Glassy To Trivial

  • Event time: 11:30am
  • Event date: 17th April 2015
  • Speaker: Mike Cates (Formerly School of Physics & Astronomy, University of Edinburgh)
  • Location: Room 2511,

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We endow a system of interacting particles with two distinct, local, Markovian, and reversible microscopic dynamics that both converge to the Boltzmann-Gibbs equilibrium of standard liquids. While the first, standard, one leads to glassy dynamics, we use field-theoretical techniques to show that the latter displays no sign of glassiness. The approximations we use, akin to the mode-coupling approximation, are famous for magnifying glassy aspects of the dynamics, supposedly through the neglect of activated events. Despite this, the modified dynamics seem to stick to standard liquid relaxation. This finding singles out as applying to a realistic system of interacting particles in low dimensions and questions the role of the dynamical rules used to explore a given static free-energy landscape. Moreover, our peculiar choice of dynamical rules offers the possibility of a direct connection with replica theory, and our findings therefore call for a clarification of the interplay between replica theory and the underlying dynamics of the system.
PRE 91 article 022130 (2015)
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Hugo Jacquin, Bongsoo Kim, Kyozi Kawasaki, Frédéric van Wijland

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