Correlation between dynamical heterogeneities, structure and potential-energy distribution in a 2D amorphous solid

  • S. Mazoyer
  • F. Ebert
  • G. Maret
  • P. KeimEmail author
Regular Article
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We investigate the collective properties of particles in a 2D experimental system which consists of a bi-disperse mixture of colloidal particles confined at an air/water interface. We find a direct correlation between structure and dynamical heterogeneities in this system: particles belonging to locally ordered structures have lower potential energy and are slower than other particles. In a more general way we show that particles with high potential energy are dominating the dynamics especially in the α-relaxation regime.


Potential Minimum Dynamical Heterogeneity High Potential Energy Amorphous Solid State Energy Histogram 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Fachbereich PhysikUniversität KonstanzKonstanzGermany

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