Stokes-Einstein relation in supercooled aqueous solutions of glycerol

Bo Chen*, E. E. Sigmund, W. P. Halperin

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The diffusion of glycerol molecules decreases with decreasing temperature as its viscosity increases in a manner simply described by the Stokes-Einstein relation. Approaching the glass transition, this relation breaks down as it does with a number of other pure liquid glass formers. We have measured the diffusion coefficient for binary mixtures of glycerol and water and find that the Stokes-Einstein relation is restored with increasing water concentration. Our comparison with theory suggests that adding water postpones the formation of frustration domains.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number145502
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number14
StatePublished - 2006

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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