%0 Journal Article
%A Moumita Maiti and Srikanth Sastry
%T Free volume distribution of nearly jammed hard sphere packings
%D 2014
%I Amer Inst Physics
%X We calculate the free volume distributions of nearly jammed packings of monodisperse and bidisperse hard sphere configurations. These distributions differ qualitatively from those of the fluid, displaying a power law tail at large free volumes, which constitutes a distinct signature of nearly jammed configurations, persisting for moderate degrees of decompression. We reproduce and explain the observed distribution by considering the pair correlation function within the first coordination shell for jammed hard sphere configurations. We analyze features of the equation of state near jamming, and discuss the significance of observed asphericities of the free volumes to the equation of state. (C) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC.
%R doi:10.1063/1.4891358