Theory of collective excitations in simple liquids

  • W. Schirmacher
  • B. Schmid
  • H. Sinn


We present a parameter-free theory of the collective excitations in simple liquids such as liquid metals or rare gases. The theory is based on the mode-coupling theory (MCT), which has been previously applied successfully for explaining the liquid-to glass transition. The only input is the liquid structure factor. We achieve good agreement both for the liquid dispersion (maximum of the longitudinal current spectrum) and width (damping) with experimental findings. The time-dependent memory function predicted by MCT has a two-step exponential decay as previously found in computer simulations. Furthermore MCT predicts a scaling of the liquid dispersion with the effective hard-sphere diameter of the materials. This scaling is obeyed by the available experimental data.


Liquid Metal European Physical Journal Special Topic Memory Function Hard Sphere Packing Fraction 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. Schirmacher
    • 1
    • 2
  • B. Schmid
    • 1
  • H. Sinn
    • 3
  1. 1.Institut für PhysikJohannes Gutenberg-Universität MainzMainzGermany
  2. 2.Physik-Department E13Technische Universität MünchenGarchingGermany
  3. 3.European XFEL/DESYHamburgGermany

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