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Direct observation of a local structural mechanism for dynamic arrest

Royall, C. Patrick; Williams, Stephen; Ohtsuka, Takehiro; Tanaka, Hajime


The mechanism by which a liquid may become arrested, forming a glass or gel, is a long-standing problem of materials science. In particular, long-lived (energetically) locally favoured structures (LFSs), the geometry of which may prevent the system relaxing to its equilibrium state, have long been thought to play a key role in dynamical arrest. Here, we propose a definition of LFSs which we identify with a novel topological method and directly measure with experiments on a colloidal liquid-gel...[Show more]

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Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: Nature Materials
DOI: 10.1038/nmat2219


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