Quenching of a Brownian oscillator

V. A. Shneidman, D. R. Uhlmann

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An asymptotic analysis of a classical Brownian oscillator in a fluid with diverging viscosity (glass-forming melt) is presented. For a quench-heating cycle, which is slow on the scale of the oscillator frequency, an explicit expression for the temperature-dependent specific heat, [Formula Presented] is derived. In appropriate variables the shape of the [Formula Presented] curve is universal, being insensitive to the details of the temperature dependence of the viscosity. The values of quenched-in energy and entropy also are obtained.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3954-3957
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical Physics, Plasmas, Fluids, and Related Interdisciplinary Topics
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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