Dynamic heterogeneities of translational and rotational motion of a molecular glass former from computer simulations

J. Qian, R. Hentschke, A. Heuer

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We employ classical molecular dynamics simulations to study the rotational and translational dynamics of propylene carbonate. The homogeneous and heterogeneous contributions to the nonexponential relaxation are studied. The non-Gaussian parameter is found to be strongly correlated with the degree of heterogeneity. Furthermore the coupling between translational and rotational motion is investigated. A dimensionless coupling constant is introduced which is found to increase with increasing time scale and decreasing temperature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4514-4522
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Issue number9
StatePublished - Mar 1 1999


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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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