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$$Q$$-dependent collective relaxation dynamics of glass-forming liquid Ca$$_{0.4}$$K$$_{0.6}$$(NO$$_{3}$$)$$_{1.4}$$ investigated by wide-angle neutron spin-echo

Luo, P.*; Zhai, Y.*; Falus, P.*; Garc$'i$a Sakai, V.*; Hartl, M.*; Kofu, Maiko   ; Nakajima, Kenji  ; Faraone, A.*; Z, Y.*

The relaxation behavior of glass formers exhibits spatial heterogeneity and dramatically changes upon cooling towards the glass transition. However, the underlying mechanisms of the dynamics at different microscopic length scales are not fully understood. We measured the $$Q$$-dependent coherent intermediate scattering function of a prototypical ionic glass former Ca$$_{0.4}$$K$$_{0.6}$$(NO$$_{3}$$)$$_{1.4}$$, in the highly viscous liquid state. In contrast to the structure modulated dynamics for $$Q$$ $$<$$ 2.4 $AA$^{-1}$$, i.e., at and below the structure factor main peak, for $$Q$$ $$>$$ 2.4 $AA$^{-1}$$, beyond the first minimum above the structure factor main peak, the stretching exponent exhibits no temperature dependence and concomitantly the relaxation time shows smaller deviations from Arrhenius behavior. This finding indicates a change in the dominant relaxation mechanisms around a characteristic length of 2.6 AA, below which the relaxation process exhibits a temperature independent distribution and more Arrhenius-like behavior.

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