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Searching for the Gardner transition in glassy glycerol

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We search for a Gardner transition in glassy glycerol, a standard molecular glass, measuring the third harmonics cubic susceptibility $\chi _3^{(3)}$ from slightly below the usual glass transition temperature down to 10 K. According to the mean-field picture, if local motion within the glass were becoming highly correlated due to the emergence of a Gardner phase then $\chi _3^{(3)}$, which is analogous to the dynamical spin-glass susceptibility, should increase and diverge at the Gardner transition temperature $T_G$. We find instead that upon cooling |$\chi _3^{(3)}$| decreases by several orders of magnitude and becomes roughly constant in the regime 100−10K . We rationalize our findings by assuming that the low temperature physics is described by localized excitations weakly interacting via a spin-glass dipolar pairwise interaction in a random magnetic field. Our quantitative estimations show that the spin-glass interaction is twenty to fifty times smaller than the local random field contribution, thus rationalizing the absence of the spin-glass Gardner phase. This hints at the fact that a Gardner phase may be suppressed in standard molecular glasses, but it also suggests ways to favor its existence in other amorphous solids and by changing the preparation protocol.
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hal-03228454 , version 1 (19-05-2021)

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Samuel Albert, Giulio Biroli, François Ladieu, Roland Tourbot, Pierfrancesco Urbani. Searching for the Gardner transition in glassy glycerol. Physical Review Letters, 2021, 126, pp.028001. ⟨10.1103/PhysRevLett.126.028001⟩. ⟨hal-03228454⟩
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