Thermodynamics and the glass transition in model energy landscapes

M. Scott Shell, Pablo G. Debenedetti

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The liquid-state thermodynamics for a model energy landscape corresponding to soft spheres with a mean-field attraction was determined. Key measures of a landscape were related to its bulk thermophysical properties through an exact expression for thermodynamics and approximate Adam-Gibbs relationship for kinetic behavior. Two approximations were considered in which the distribution of potential energy minima was either Gaussian or binomial. The resulting models provided a unified description of the liquid state across the complete range from low-temperature glassiness to high-temperature instability with respect to the vapor phase.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number051102
Pages (from-to)051102-1-051102-9
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Issue number5 2
StatePublished - May 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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