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Multiple ordering transitions in a chiral liquid

Abstract : We present here a numerical study of a lattice model of a chiral liquid. The low symmetry of the favoured local structure depresses the freezing point to reveal an exotic liquid-liquid transition characterised by the appearance of an extended chirality,prior to freezing. What mechanisms impede crystallisation in liquids with low molecular symmetry ? The ordered liquid can be readily supercooled to zero temperature, as the combination of critical slowing down and competing crystal polymorphs results in a dramatically slow crystallisation process.
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  • HAL Id : hal-00932224, version 1
  • ARXIV : 1308.5479



Pierre Ronceray, Peter Harrowell. Multiple ordering transitions in a chiral liquid. Physical Review Letters, American Physical Society, 2014, 112, pp.017801. ⟨hal-00932224⟩



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