Anomalous elasticity in classical glass formers

Avanish Kumar*, Michael Moshe, Itamar Procaccia, Murari Singh

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Amorphous solids under mechanical strains are prone to plastic responses. Recent work showed that in amorphous granular systems these plastic events, that are typically quadrupolar in nature, can screen the elastic response. When the density of the quadrupoles is high, the gradients of the quadrupole field act as emergent dipole sources, leading to qualitative changes in the mechanical response, as seen for example in the displacement field. In this paper we examine the effect of screening in classical glass formers. These are made of point particles that interact via binary forces. Both inverse power law forces and Lennard-Jones interactions are examined, and it is shown that in both cases the elastic response can be strongly screened, in agreement with the novel theory. The degree of deviation from classical elasticity theory is parametrized by a proposed measure that is shown to have a functional dependence on the amount of energy lost to plastic responses.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number015001
JournalPhysical Review E
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 2022

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