We present a new model of glass-forming liquids in which free volume fluctuations drive dynamic heterogeneity and diffusion of mobility. Our kinetic model is developed from a microscopic perspective where free volume creation requires existing free volume nearby as a source of mobility; free volume diffusion and destruction is spontaneous by virtue of its own mobility. Simulations indicate "molten" and kinetically arrested "glassy" regions in parameter space, and a critical point where dynamic length and intermittency time scales grow as power laws. Systems near the critical point contain colonies of free volume that propagate around bubbles of glassified material.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Condensed Matter Physics