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Communication: Broken-ergodicity and the emergence of solid behaviour in amorphous materials

Williams, Stephen R.


Using a combination of theory and molecular dynamics simulations, we show how solid behaviour emerges in amorphous materials from microscopic considerations. The effect on the systems response to a sudden change in strain, upon entering the history dependent glass state, is focused on. An important symmetry that is always present in a fluid state, is shown to be broken for a simulated history dependent amorphous solid. Details of how this applies to a single sample and an ensemble of...[Show more]

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Date published: 2011-10-04
Type: Journal article
Source: The Journal of Chemical Physics
DOI: 10.1063/1.3650323


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