Metastable Glassy States Under External Perturbations

Monitoring the Effects of Compression and Shear-strain

  • Corrado Rainone

Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Corrado Rainone
    Pages 1-18
  3. Corrado Rainone
    Pages 19-47
  4. Corrado Rainone
    Pages 49-83
  5. Corrado Rainone
    Pages 85-97
  6. Corrado Rainone
    Pages 99-125
  7. Corrado Rainone
    Pages 127-143
  8. Corrado Rainone
    Pages 145-157
  9. Corrado Rainone
    Pages 159-168
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 169-209

About this book


This thesis presents a theoretical analysis of the behavior of glasses under external perturbations, i.e. compression and shear straining. Written in a pedagogical style, it explains every facet of the problem in detail, including many crucial steps that cannot be found in the existing literature—making it particularly useful for students and as an introduction to the subject of glassy physics.

In glassy systems the behavior under external compression and shear-strain is quite peculiar. Many complex phenomena are observed and grasping them fully would be a major step toward a complete theory of the glass transition. 

This thesis makes important advances in this direction, analyzing the behavior of glassy states in painstaking detail and reproducing it in the framework of a recently developed mean field theory for glasses that has proven extremely successful for jamming, demonstrating its predictive power in the context of metastable glassy states obtained through nonequilibrium protocols.


Metastable Glasses Theory Ultrastable Glasses Theory Yielding Transition RFOT Theory Franz-Parisi Potential Hard Sphere Glasses Full Replica Symmetry Breaking Structural Glasses Gardner Transition Glasses Under Shear Strain Ab initio description of glassy state Jamming transition Jamming density

Authors and affiliations

  • Corrado Rainone
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Chemical PhysicsThe Weizmann Institute of ScienceRehovotIsrael

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