On a fundamental description of the Kovacs’ kinetic signatures in glass-forming systems

J. Lira-Escobedo, P. Mendoza-Méndez, M. Medina-Noyola, G. B. McKenna, P. E. Ramírez-González

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Abstract

The time-evolution equation for the time-dependent static structure factor of the non-equilibrium self-consistent generalized Langevin equation (NE-SCGLE) theory was used to investigate the kinetics of glass-forming systems under isochoric conditions. The kinetics are studied within the framework of the fictive temperature (TF) of the glassy structure. We solve for the kinetics of TF(t) and the time-dependent structure factor and find that they are different but closely related by a function that depends only on temperature. Furthermore, we are able to solve for the evolution of TF(t) in a set of temperature-jump histories referred to as the Kovacs’ signatures. We demonstrate that the NE-SCGLE theory reproduces all the Kovacs’ signatures, namely, intrinsic isotherm, asymmetry of approach, and memory effect. In addition, we extend the theory into largely unexplored, deep glassy state, regions that are below the notionally “ideal” glass temperature.

Original languageEnglish
Article number014503
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Volume155
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 7 2021

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