On the dynamics of liquids in their viscous regime approaching the glass transition
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Arizona State University, 85287-1604, Tempe, Arizona, USA
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Accepted: 29 June 2012
Published online: 27 July 2012
Recently, Mallamace et al. (Eur. Phys. J. E 34, 94 (2011)) proposed a crossover temperature, T × , and claimed that the dynamics of many supercooled liquids follow an Arrhenius-type temperature dependence between T × and the glass transition temperature T g . The opposite, namely super-Arrhenius behavior in this viscous regime, has been demonstrated repeatedly for molecular glass-former, for polymers, and for the majority of the exhaustively studied inorganic glasses of technological interest. Therefore, we subject the molecular systems of the Mallamace et al. study to a “residuals” analysis and include not only viscosity data but also the more precise data available from dielectric relaxation experiments over the same temperature range. Although many viscosity data sets are inconclusive due to their noise level, we find that Arrhenius behavior is not a general feature of viscosity in the T g to T × range. Moreover, the residuals of dielectric relaxation times with respect to an Arrhenius law clearly reveal systematic curvature consistent with super-Arrhenius behavior being an endemic feature of transport properties in this viscous regime. We also observe a common pattern of how dielectric relaxation times decouple slightly from viscosity.
Key words: Flowing Matter: Liquids and Complex Fluids
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