Confinement effects in bulk supercooled liquids

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Supercooled liquids are known to display heterogeneous dynamics, with slow and fast relaxation modes being independent and even spatially separated in dynamically distinct domains. In such a situation, it is imaginable that the very fast modes are surrounded by material that is practically frozen on the relaxation time scale of that fast mode. Here, we show experimental evidence of such a confinement effect. For the fastest few percent of all modes, equilibration appears to be linked to a common process (e. g. macroscopic softening), while the remaining majority equilibrate on the time scale of their individual time constant, as expected for heterogeneous dynamics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)223-229
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Physical Journal: Special Topics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Oct 1 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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