Emergent facilitation behavior in a distinguishable-particle lattice model of glass

Ling Han Zhang, Chi Hang Lam

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We propose an interacting lattice gas model of structural glass characterized by particle distinguishability and site-particle-dependent random nearest-neighboring particle interactions. This incorporates disorder quenched in the configuration space rather than in the physical space. The model exhibits nontrivial energetics while still admitting exact equilibrium states directly constructible at arbitrary temperature and density. The dynamics is defined by activated hopping following standard kinetic Monte Carlo approach without explicit facilitation rule. Kinetic simulations show emergent dynamic facilitation behaviors in the glassy phase in which motions of individual voids are significant only when accelerated by other voids nearby. This provides a microscopic justification for the dynamic facilitation picture of structural glass.
Original languageEnglish
Article number184202
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 19 May 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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