A robust comparison of dynamical scenarios in a glass-forming liquid

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Autorinnen und Autoren: Vispa A, Busch S, Tamarit JL, Unruh T, Fernandez-Alonso F, Pardo LC
Zeitschrift: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Jahr der Veröffentlichung: 2016
Band: 18
Heftnummer: 5
Seitenbereich: 3975-3981
ISSN: 1463-9076
eISSN: 1463-9084


We use Bayesian inference methods to provide fresh insights into the sub-nanosecond dynamics of glycerol, a prototypical glass-forming liquid. To this end, quasielastic neutron scattering data as a function of temperature have been analyzed using a minimal set of underlying physical assumptions. On the basis of this analysis, we establish the unambiguous presence of three distinct dynamical processes in glycerol, namely, translational diffusion of the molecular centre of mass and two additional localized and temperature-independent modes. The neutron data also provide access to the characteristic length scales associated with these motions in a model-independent manner, from which we conclude that the faster (slower) localized motions probe longer (shorter) length scales. Careful Bayesian analysis of the entire scattering law favors a heterogeneous scenario for the microscopic dynamics of glycerol, where molecules undergo either the faster and longer or the slower and shorter localized motions.

FAU-Autorinnen und Autoren / FAU-Herausgeberinnen und Herausgeber

Unruh, Tobias Prof. Dr.
Professur für Nanomaterialcharakterisierung (Streumethoden)

Zusätzliche Organisationseinheit(en)
Exzellenz-Cluster Engineering of Advanced Materials

Einrichtungen weiterer Autorinnen und Autoren

Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Zentrum für Material- und Küstenforschung GmbH (HZG)
Polytechnic University of Catalonia / Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory


A2 Nanoanalysis and Microscopy
Exzellenz-Cluster Engineering of Advanced Materials


Vispa, A., Busch, S., Tamarit, J.L., Unruh, T., Fernandez-Alonso, F., & Pardo, L.C. (2016). A robust comparison of dynamical scenarios in a glass-forming liquid. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 18(5), 3975-3981. https://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c5cp05143f

Vispa, Alessandro, et al. "A robust comparison of dynamical scenarios in a glass-forming liquid." Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 18.5 (2016): 3975-3981.


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