Heterogeneities in the glassy state
We study heterogeneities in a binary Lennard-Jones system below the glass transition using molecular dynamics simulations. We identify mobile and immobile particles and measure their distribution of vibrational amplitudes. For temperatures near the glass transition the distribution of vibrational amplitudes obeys scaling and compares reasonably well with a mean-field theory for the amorphous solid state. To investigate correlations among the immobile and mobile particles we identify clusters and analyze their size and shape. For a fixed number of immobile particles we observe that the immobile particles cluster more strongly together as the temperature is increased which allows the particles to block each other more effectively and to therefore stay immobile. For the mobile particles, on the other hand, the clustering is most pronounced at low temperatures, indicating that mobility at low temperatures can only be sustained in cooperative motion.