Theory and simulations of quantum glass forming liquids

Thomas E. Markland, Joseph A. Morrone, Kunimasa Miyazaki, B. J. Berne*, David R. Reichman, Eran Rabani

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A comprehensive microscopic dynamical theory is presented for the description of quantum fluids as they transform into glasses. The theory is based on a quantum extension of mode-coupling theory. Novel effects are predicted, such as reentrant behavior of dynamical relaxation times. These predictions are supported by path integral ring polymer molecular dynamics simulations. The simulations provide detailed insight into the factors that govern slow dynamics in glassy quantum fluids. Connection to other recent work on both quantum glasses as well as quantum optimization problems is presented.

Original languageEnglish
Article number074511
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Issue number7
StatePublished - 21 Feb 2012


FundersFunder number
National Science FoundationCHE-0910943, CHE-0719089
Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences0719089, 0910943
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science21540416
United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation


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