Heterogeneous structure, heterogeneous dynamics, and complex behavior in two-dimensional liquids

A. Z. Patashinski*, M. A. Ratner, B. A. Grzybowski, R. Orlik, A. C. Mitus

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Analysis of the metrical and topological features of the local structure in a freezing two-dimensional Lennard-Jones system found that in a narrow strip L of thermodynamic states close to the melting line, the liquid becomes a complex liquid characterized by a super-Arrhenius increase of relaxation times, stretched-exponential decay of correlations in time, and a power-law distribution of waiting times for changes in the local order. In L, the structure of the liquid and its dynamics are spatially heterogeneous; the sizes of ordered clusters are power-law distributed. Those features are governed by local structure evolution between solid-like and liquid-like (disordered) patterns. The liquid inside the strip L gives a unique opportunity to study how heterogeneous structure, dynamics and complexity are intertwined with each other on a microscopic level.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2431-2435
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Issue number17
StatePublished - Sep 6 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)


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