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Title: Deconstructing the glass transition through critical experiments on colloids
Authors: Gokhale, Shreyas
Sood, A. K.
Ganapathy, Rajesh
Keywords: Physics
glass transition
holographic optical tweezers
random first-order transition theory
dynamical facilitation
mode coupling theory
geometric frustration
dynamical heterogeneity
Stokes-Einstein relation
random pinning
replica coupling
trajectory space phase transitions
ultrastable glasses
Mode-Coupling Theory
Spatially Heterogeneous Dynamics
Growing Length Scales
Hard-Sphere System
Intermediate Scattering Function
Computer-Generated Holograms
Density Correlation-Function
Diffusing-Wave Spectroscopy
Lennard-Jones Mixture
Supercooled Liquids
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Citation: Gokhale, S.; Sood, A. K.; Ganapathy, R., Deconstructing the glass transition through critical experiments on colloids. Advances in Physics 2016, 65 (4), 363-452
Advances In Physics
Abstract: The glass transition is the most enduring grand-challenge problem in contemporary condensed matter physics. Here, we review the contribution of colloid experiments to our understanding of this problem. First, we briefly outline the success of colloidal systems in yielding microscopic insights into a wide range of condensed matter phenomena. In the context of the glass transition, we demonstrate their utility in revealing the nature of spatial and temporal dynamical heterogeneity. We then discuss the evidence from colloid experiments in favor of various theories of glass formation that has accumulated over the last two decades. In the next section, we expound on the recent paradigm shift in colloid experiments from an exploratory approach to a critical one aimed at distinguishing between predictions of competing frameworks. We demonstrate how this critical approach is aided by the discovery of novel dynamical crossovers within the range accessible to colloid experiments. We also highlight the impact of alternate routes to glass formation such as random pinning, trajectory space phase transitions and replica coupling on current and future research on the glass transition. We conclude our review by listing some key open challenges in glass physics such as the comparison of growing static length scales and the preparation of ultrastable glasses that can be addressed using colloid experiments.
Description: Restricted Access
ISSN: 0001-8732
Appears in Collections:Research Articles (Rajesh Ganapathy)

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