Sho Yaida , Duke University
[Host: Israel Klich ]
Amorphous solids are omnipresent in everyday life, from window glasses to plastics to piles of sand. Yet our understanding of their properties lags far behind that of their crystalline counterparts. Recent advances are rapidly changing the way in which we understand these materials. This talk overviews two such advances: (i) the algorithmic developments that link dramatic slowdown of glass-forming liquids to growing amorphous order, and (ii) the discovery of the critical replica-symmetry-breaking transition within solid glasses. Taken together, these results reinforce the overriding role of rugged free-energy landscapes in controlling glassiness.
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