Is random close packing of spheres well defined?

  title={Is random close packing of spheres well defined?},
  author={Torquato and Truskett and Debenedetti},
  journal={Physical review letters},
  volume={84 10},
Despite its long history, there are many fundamental issues concerning random packings of spheres that remain elusive, including a precise definition of random close packing (RCP). We argue that the current picture of RCP cannot be made mathematically precise and support this conclusion via a molecular dynamics study of hard spheres using the Lubachevsky-Stillinger compression algorithm. We suggest that this impasse can be broken by introducing the new concept of a maximally random jammed state… CONTINUE READING
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