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Monday, June 02, 2008
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
CNLS Conference Room (TA-3, Bldg 1690)

Colloquium

The glass transition in hydrogen bonded liquids: from a simple model to Glycerol

Itamar Procaccia
Weizmann Institute

We study the glass transition in systems interacting via anisotropic interactions, starting with a recently introduced model and ending up with laboratory experiments on glycerol. We work out the statistical mechanics of theses interesting system, encoding the liquid and glass disorder using appropriate up-scaling to quasi-species. The theory provides a pleasing explanation of the glass transition phenomenology, including the identification of a diverging length scale and a relation between the structural changes and the diverging relaxation times.

Host: Mahesh Bandi, MPA-10/CNLS