Tuesday, January 22, 2013

1301.4664 (Ashwin J. et al.)

The cooling rate dependence of the shear modulus of amorphous solids    [PDF]

Ashwin J., Eran Bouchbinder, Itamar Procaccia
Rapidly cooling a liquid may result in a glass transition, creating an amorphous solid whose shear and bulk moduli are finite. Even when done with constant density, these resulting moduli depend strongly on the rate of cooling. Understanding this phenomenon calls for analyzing separately the "Born term" that exists also in perfectly ordered materials and the contributions of the "excess modes" that result from glassy disorder. We show that the Born term is very insensitive to the cooling rate, and all the variation in the shear modulus is due to the excess modes. We argue that this approach provides a quantitative understanding of the cooling rate dependence of a basic linear response coefficient, i.e. the shear modulus.
View original: http://arxiv.org/abs/1301.4664

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