Structural covariance in the hard sphere fluid

Benjamin M.G.D. Carter, Francesco Turci, Pierre Ronceray, C. Patrick Royall

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We study the joint variability of structural information in a hard sphere fluid biased to avoid crystallisation and form five-fold symmetric geometric motifs. We show that the structural covariance matrix approach, originally proposed for on-lattice liquids [P. Ronceray and P. Harrowell, J. Stat. Mech.: Theory Exp. 2016(8), 084002], can be meaningfully employed to understand structural relationships between different motifs and can predict, within the linear-response regime, structural changes related to motifs distinct from that used to bias the system.

Original languageEnglish
Article number204511
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Issue number20
Early online date28 May 2018
Publication statusPublished - 28 May 2018


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