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Onset of supercooling in a two-dimensional molecular liquid


Supercooled liquids are systems that are cold enough to solidify but haven’t gotten around to it yet. It is well known that if we wait long enough, these liquids will become solid. Our work examines the motion of molecules in the supercooled phase before the liquid decides to solidify. The supercooled phase is characterized by an increasingly enormous viscosity as the temperature is lowered further - eventually the system gets so viscous that what was previously a liquid becomes unmistakably solid to the observer. Here we have been able to induce supercooling in computer simulations of a model two-dimensional molecular liquid.


Ton, Andrew, "Onset of supercooling in a two-dimensional molecular liquid" (2018). Summer Research Symposium. Brown Digital Repository. Brown University Library.



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