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Equilibrium Glassy Phase in a Polydisperse Hard-Sphere System

Chaudhuri, Pinaki and Karmakar, Smarajit and Dasgupta, Chandan and Krishnamurthy, HR and Sood, AK (2005) Equilibrium Glassy Phase in a Polydisperse Hard-Sphere System. In: Physical Review Letters, 95 (24).

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Abstract

The phase diagram of a polydisperse hard-sphere system is examined by numerical minimization of a discretized form of the Ramakrishnan-Yussouff free-energy functional. Crystalline and glassy local minima of the free energy are located and the phase diagram in the density-polydispersity plane is mapped out by comparing the free energies of different local minima. The crystalline phase disappears and the glass becomes the equilibrium phase beyond a "terminal" value of the polydispersity. A crystalto-glass transition is also observed as the density is increased at high polydispersity. The phase diagram obtained in our study is qualitatively similar to that of hard spheres in a quenched random potential.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright for this article belongs to American Physical Society.
Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2006
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:22
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/4999

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