Regular Article - Soft Matter
Multi-component generalized mode-coupling theory: predicting dynamics from structure in glassy mixtures
Soft Matter and Biological Physics, Department of Applied Physics, Eindhoven University of Technology, P.O. Box 513, 5600, Eindhoven, MB, The Netherlands
2 Laboratoire de Physique de l’Ecole Normale Supérieure, ENS, Université PSL, CNRS, Sorbonne Université, Université de Paris, 75005, Paris, France
Accepted: 21 June 2021
Published online: 6 July 2021
The emergence of glassy dynamics and the glass transition in dense disordered systems is still not fully understood theoretically. Mode-coupling theory (MCT) has shown to be effective in describing some of the non-trivial features of glass formation, but it cannot explain the full glassy phenomenology due to the strong approximations on which it is based. Generalized mode-coupling theory (GMCT) is a hierarchical extension of the theory, which is able to outclass MCT by carefully describing the dynamics of higher-order correlations in its generalized framework. Unfortunately, the theory has so far only been developed for single-component systems and as a result works poorly for highly polydisperse materials. In this paper, we solve this problem by developing GMCT for multi-component systems. We use it to predict the glassy dynamics of the binary Kob–Andersen Lennard-Jones mixture, as well as its purely repulsive Weeks–Chandler–Andersen analogue. Our results show that each additional level of the GMCT hierarchy gradually improves the predictive power of GMCT beyond its previous limit. This implies that our theory is able to harvest more information from the static correlations, thus being able to better understand the role of attraction in supercooled liquids from a first-principles perspective.
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