Structure characterization of hard sphere packings in amorphous and crystalline states

V. Ogarko, Nicolás Rivas Abud, Stefan Luding

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The channel size distribution in hard sphere systems, based on the local neighbor correlation of four particle positions, is investigated for all volume fractions up to jamming. For each particle, all three particle combinations of neighbors define channels, which are relevant for the concept of caging. The analysis of the channel size distribution is shown to be very useful in distinguishing between gaseous, liquid, partially and fully crystallized, and glassy (random) jammed states. A common microstructural feature of four coplanar particles is observed in crystalline and glassy jammed states, suggesting the presence of “hidden” two-dimensional order in three-dimensional random close packings.
Original languageEnglish
Article number211102
Pages (from-to)-
Number of pages5
JournalThe Journal of chemical physics
Issue number211102
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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