Exploiting the thermodynamic potential functional provided by density functional theory, we determine analytically the free-energy landscape (FEL) in a hard-sphere fluid. The FEL is represented in the three-dimensional coordinate space of the tagged particle. We also analyze the distribution of the free-energy barrier between adjacent basins and show that the most provable value and the average of the free-energy barrier are increasing functions of the density. Since the size of the cooperatively rearranging region (CRR) is also increased as the density is raised, the present result is consistent with the Adam-Gibbs theory in which the increase of the activation energy is due to the increase of the size of the CRR.
|Journal||Physical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 2008 Jun 3|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
- Statistics and Probability
- Condensed Matter Physics