# Geometric interpretation of previtrification in hard sphere liquids.

@article{Brito2009GeometricIO, title={Geometric interpretation of previtrification in hard sphere liquids.}, author={Carolina Brito and Matthieu Wyart}, journal={The Journal of chemical physics}, year={2009}, volume={131 2}, pages={ 024504 } }

We derive a microscopic criterion for the stability of hard sphere configurations and we show empirically that this criterion is marginally satisfied in the glass. This observation supports a geometric interpretation for the initial rapid rise in viscosity with packing fraction or previtrification. It also implies that barely stable soft modes characterize the glass structure, whose spatial extension is estimated. We show that both the short-term dynamics and activation processes occur mostly…

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