Direct observation of molecular cooperativity near the glass transition

  title={Direct observation of molecular cooperativity near the glass transition},
  author={Ezequiel Vidal Russell and Nathan Eli Israeloff},
The increasingly sluggish response of a supercooled liquid as it nears its glass transition (for example, refrigerated honey) is prototypical of glassy dynamics found in proteins, neural networks and superconductors. The notion that molecules rearrange cooperatively has long been postulated to explain diverging relaxation times and broadened (non-exponential) response functions near the glass transition. Recently, cooperativity was observed and analysed in colloid glasses and in simulations of… 

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