Disorder-assisted melting and the glass transition in amorphous solids.

@article{Zaccone2013DisorderassistedMA,
  title={Disorder-assisted melting and the glass transition in amorphous solids.},
  author={Alessio Zaccone and Eugene M. Terentjev},
  journal={Physical review letters},
  year={2013},
  volume={110 17},
  pages={
          178002
        }
}
The mechanical response of solids depends on temperature, because the way atoms and molecules respond collectively to deformation is affected at various levels by thermal motion. This is a fundamental problem of solid state science and plays a crucial role in materials science. In glasses, the vanishing of shear rigidity upon increasing temperature is the reverse process of the glass transition. It remains poorly understood due to the disorder leading to nontrivial (nonaffine) components in the… Expand
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