We report a detailed analysis of the dynamic structure factor of glassy sorbitol by using inelastic X-ray scattering and previously measured light scattering data [B. Ruta, G. Monaco, F. Scarponi, and D. Fioretto, Philos. Mag. 88, 3939 (2008)]. The thus obtained knowledge on the density-density fluctuations at both the mesoscopic and macroscopic length scale has been used to address two debated topics concerning the vibrational properties of glasses. The relation between the acoustic modes and the universal boson peak (BP) appearing in the vibrational density of states of glasses has been investigated, also in relation with some recent theoretical models. Moreover, the connection between the elastic properties of glasses and the slowing down of the structural relaxation process in supercooled liquids has been scrutinized. For what concerns the first issue, it is here shown that the wave vector dependence of the acoustic excitations can be used, in sorbitol, to quantitatively reproduce the shape of the boson peak, supporting the relation between BP and acoustic modes. For what concerns the second issue, a proper study of elasticity over a wide spatial range is shown to be fundamental in order to investigate the relation between elastic properties and the slowing down of the dynamics in the corresponding supercooled liquid phase.

Acoustic excitations in glassy sorbitol and their relation with the fragility and the boson peak / Ruta, B.; Baldi, Giacomo; Scarponi, F.; Fioretto, D.; Giordano, V. M.; Monaco, Giulio. - In: THE JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS. - ISSN 0021-9606. - 137:21(2012), pp. 214502-1-214502-11. [10.1063/1.4768955]

Acoustic excitations in glassy sorbitol and their relation with the fragility and the boson peak

Baldi, Giacomo;Monaco, Giulio
2012

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We report a detailed analysis of the dynamic structure factor of glassy sorbitol by using inelastic X-ray scattering and previously measured light scattering data [B. Ruta, G. Monaco, F. Scarponi, and D. Fioretto, Philos. Mag. 88, 3939 (2008)]. The thus obtained knowledge on the density-density fluctuations at both the mesoscopic and macroscopic length scale has been used to address two debated topics concerning the vibrational properties of glasses. The relation between the acoustic modes and the universal boson peak (BP) appearing in the vibrational density of states of glasses has been investigated, also in relation with some recent theoretical models. Moreover, the connection between the elastic properties of glasses and the slowing down of the structural relaxation process in supercooled liquids has been scrutinized. For what concerns the first issue, it is here shown that the wave vector dependence of the acoustic excitations can be used, in sorbitol, to quantitatively reproduce the shape of the boson peak, supporting the relation between BP and acoustic modes. For what concerns the second issue, a proper study of elasticity over a wide spatial range is shown to be fundamental in order to investigate the relation between elastic properties and the slowing down of the dynamics in the corresponding supercooled liquid phase.
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Ruta, B.; Baldi, Giacomo; Scarponi, F.; Fioretto, D.; Giordano, V. M.; Monaco, Giulio
Acoustic excitations in glassy sorbitol and their relation with the fragility and the boson peak / Ruta, B.; Baldi, Giacomo; Scarponi, F.; Fioretto, D.; Giordano, V. M.; Monaco, Giulio. - In: THE JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS. - ISSN 0021-9606. - 137:21(2012), pp. 214502-1-214502-11. [10.1063/1.4768955]
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