Isomorphs in the phase diagram of a model liquid without inverse power law repulsion

Arnold Adriaan Veldhorst, Lasse Bøhling, J. C. Dyre, Thomas Schrøder

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It is demonstrated by molecular dynamics simulations that liquids interacting via the Buckingham potential are strongly correlating, i.e., have regions of their phase diagram where constant-volume equilibrium fluctuations in the virial and potential energy are strongly correlated. A binary Buckingham liquid is cooled to a viscous phase and shown to have isomorphs, which are curves in the phase diagram along which structure and dynamics in appropriate units are invariant to a good approximation. To test this, the radial distribution function, and both the incoherent and coherent intermediate scattering function are calculated. The results are shown to reflect a hidden scale invariance; despite its exponential repulsion the Buckingham potential is well approximated by an inverse power-law plus a linear term in the region of the first peak of the radial distribution function. As a consequence the dynamics of the viscous Buckingham liquid is mimicked by a corresponding model with purely repulsive inverse-power-law interactions. The results presented here closely resemble earlier results for Lennard-Jones type liquids, demonstrating that the existence of strong correlations and isomorphs does not depend critically on the mathematical form of the repulsion being an inverse power law.
TidsskriftEuropean Physical Journal B. Condensed Matter and Complex Systems
Udgave nummer1
Antal sider7
StatusUdgivet - 2012

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