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Cell Theory for Liquid Solids and Glasses: From Local Packing Configurations to Global Complex Behaviors

Aste, Tomaso; Coniglio, Antonio


We develop a novel approach that combines the ideas of inherent structures, freevolume theory and geometrical packing properties to derive a general theory to understanding the complex dynamics of glass-forming liquids, granular packings and amorphous solids. We show that the thermodynamical properties of these systems can be retrieved from the study of geometrical and topological properties of local configurations only. When applied to hard-sphere systems, the present theory describes the...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2004
Type: Journal article
Source: Europhysics Letters
DOI: 10.1209/epl/i2003-10284-x


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