Regular Article

The European Physical Journal E

, 34:88

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Tagged-particle motion in glassy systems under shear: Comparison of mode coupling theory and Brownian dynamics simulations

  • M. KrügerAffiliated withFachbereich Physik, Universität Konstanz Email author 
  • , F. WeysserAffiliated withFachbereich Physik, Universität Konstanz
  • , M. FuchsAffiliated withFachbereich Physik, Universität Konstanz

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We study the dynamics of a tagged particle in a glassy system under shear. The recently developed integration through transients approach, based on mode coupling theory, is continued to arrive at the equations for the tagged-particle correlators and the mean squared displacements. The equations are solved numerically for a two-dimensional system, including a nonlinear stability analysis of the glass solution, the so called β-analysis. We perform Brownian Dynamics simulations in 2D and compare with theory. After switch on, transient glassy correlation functions show strong fingerprints of the stress overshoot scenario, including, additionally to previously studied superexponential decay, a shoulder-like slowing down after the overshoot. We also find a new type of Taylor dispersion in glassy states which has intriguing similarity to the known low-density case. The theory qualitatively captures most features of the simulations with quantitative deviations concerning the shear-induced time scales. We attribute these deviations to an underestimation of the overshoot scenario in the theory.