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Hard-sphere crystallization gets rarer with increasing dimension.

dc.contributor.author Charbonneau, Benoit
dc.contributor.author Charbonneau, Patrick
dc.contributor.author Fortini, A
dc.contributor.author van Meel, JA
dc.coverage.spatial United States
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-21T17:27:48Z
dc.date.accessioned 2016-08-03T13:43:26Z
dc.date.issued 2009-12
dc.identifier http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20365121
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10161/12593
dc.description.abstract We recently found that crystallization of monodisperse hard spheres from the bulk fluid faces a much higher free-energy barrier in four than in three dimensions at equivalent supersaturation, due to the increased geometrical frustration between the simplex-based fluid order and the crystal [J. A. van Meel, D. Frenkel, and P. Charbonneau, Phys. Rev. E 79, 030201(R) (2009)]. Here, we analyze the microscopic contributions to the fluid-crystal interfacial free energy to understand how the barrier to crystallization changes with dimension. We find the barrier to grow with dimension and we identify the role of polydispersity in preventing crystal formation. The increased fluid stability allows us to study the jamming behavior in four, five, and six dimensions and to compare our observations with two recent theories [C. Song, P. Wang, and H. A. Makse, Nature (London) 453, 629 (2008); G. Parisi and F. Zamponi, Rev. Mod. Phys. (to be published)].
dc.language eng
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.relation.ispartof Phys Rev E Stat Nonlin Soft Matter Phys
dc.relation.isversionof 10.1103/PhysRevE.80.061110
dc.relation.replaces http://hdl.handle.net/10161/4283
dc.relation.replaces 10161/4283
dc.subject Computer Simulation
dc.subject Crystallization
dc.subject Energy Transfer
dc.subject Glass
dc.subject Hardness
dc.subject Microspheres
dc.subject Models, Chemical
dc.subject Phase Transition
dc.title Hard-sphere crystallization gets rarer with increasing dimension.
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dc.type Journal article
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duke.date.pubdate 2009-12-0
duke.description.issue 6
duke.description.volume 80
dc.relation.journal Physical Review E
pubs.author-url http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20365121
pubs.begin-page 061110
pubs.issue 6 Pt 1
pubs.organisational-group Chemistry
pubs.organisational-group Duke
pubs.organisational-group Physics
pubs.organisational-group Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
pubs.publication-status Published
pubs.volume 80
dc.identifier.eissn 1550-2376


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