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Universal explanation of low-temperature glass anomalies

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Organization address
address: RUE MICHEL ANGE 3
city: PARIS
postcode: 75794

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 Coordinator Country France [FR]
 Total cost 1˙362˙125 €
 EC max contribution 1˙362˙125 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2016-COG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-09-01   to  2022-08-31


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 Project objective

While amorphous solids constitute most of the solid matter found in Nature, their understanding is much poorer than for crystalline solids, at the point that most solid state textbooks are entirely focused on crystals. The reason underlying this uncomfortable situation is that amorphous solids display all kind of anomalies with respect to a simple description in terms of phonon excitations around a perfect lattice. In particular, they display an excess of low-frequency vibrational modes, their thermodynamic and transport coefficients behave differently from crystals, they respond non-linearly to arbitrarily small strains, and have highly cooperative dynamics. Traditionally, each of these aspects has been studied independently of the others, by almost distinct communities, and in terms of microscopic elements that are specific to a given material.

The objective of this proposal is to take a different approach and seek a universal explanation of all the anomalies of amorphous solids, in terms of criticality associated with a new phase transition between two distinct glass phases.

This goal is both ambitious and reachable. It is reachable because such a phase transition has just been theoretically predicted to exist on rigorous grounds, in an abstract limit of infinite spatial dimensions; its existence allows one to compute the critical exponents of jamming, in strikingly good agreement with numerical simulations; and the transition has been observed numerically in a realistic model of glass. It is ambitious because it requires to firmly establish the universal nature of the transition, and connect it to the experimentally observed anomalies through concrete analytical and numerical calculations, which will open the way to a direct experimental test. Both tasks require solving a number of difficult conceptual and technical problems. But, if successful, this project could lead to a revolution in our understanding of amorphous solid matter.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Camille Scalliet, Ludovic Berthier, Francesco Zamponi
Nature of excitations and defects in structural glasses
published pages: 5102, ISSN: 2041-1723, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-13010-x
Nature Communications 10/1 2020-03-13
2019 Sungmin Hwang, Viola Folli, Enrico Lanza, Giorgio Parisi, Giancarlo Ruocco, Francesco Zamponi
On the number of limit cycles in asymmetric neural networks
published pages: 53402, ISSN: 1742-5468, DOI: 10.1088/1742-5468/ab11e3
Journal of Statistical Mechanics: Theory and Experiment 2019/5 2020-03-13
2019 Elisabeth Agoritsas, Thibaud Maimbourg, Francesco Zamponi
Out-of-equilibrium dynamical equations of infinite-dimensional particle systems. II. The anisotropic case under shear strain
published pages: 334001, ISSN: 1751-8113, DOI: 10.1088/1751-8121/ab2b68
Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical 52/33 2020-03-13
2020 Alessandro Manacorda, Grégory Schehr, Francesco Zamponi
Numerical solution of the dynamical mean field theory of infinite-dimensional equilibrium liquids
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2019 Marco Baity-Jesi, Enrico Calore, Andres Cruz, Luis Antonio Fernandez, José Miguel Gil-Narvión, Antonio Gordillo-Guerrero, David Iñiguez, Antonio Lasanta, Andrea Maiorano, Enzo Marinari, Victor Martin-Mayor, Javier Moreno-Gordo, Antonio Muñoz Sudupe, Denis Navarro, Giorgio Parisi, Sergio Perez-Gaviro, Federico Ricci-Tersenghi, Juan Jesus Ruiz-Lorenzo, Sebastiano Fabio Schifano, Beatriz Seoane,
The Mpemba effect in spin glasses is a persistent memory effect
published pages: 15350-15355, ISSN: 0027-8424, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1819803116
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 116/31 2020-03-13
2019 Davide Facoetti, Giulio Biroli, Jorge Kurchan, David R. Reichman
Classical glasses, black holes, and strange quantum liquids
published pages: 205108, ISSN: 2469-9950, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.100.205108
Physical Review B 100/20 2020-03-13
2019 Ludovic Berthier, Giulio Biroli, Patrick Charbonneau, Eric I. Corwin, Silvio Franz, Francesco Zamponi
Gardner physics in amorphous solids and beyond
published pages: 10901, ISSN: 0021-9606, DOI: 10.1063/1.5097175
The Journal of Chemical Physics 151/1 2020-03-13
2019 Dmytro Khomenko, Camille Scalliet, Ludovic Berthier, David R. Reichman, Francesco Zamponi
Depletion of two-level systems in ultrastable computer-generated glasses
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2019 Ada Altieri, Francesco Zamponi
Mean-field stability map of hard-sphere glasses
published pages: 32140, ISSN: 2470-0045, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.100.032140
Physical Review E 100/3 2020-03-13
2019 Harukuni Ikeda, Pierfrancesco Urbani, Francesco Zamponi
Mean field theory of jamming of nonspherical particles
published pages: 344001, ISSN: 1751-8113, DOI: 10.1088/1751-8121/ab3079
Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical 52/34 2020-03-13
2019 Harukuni Ikeda
Universal non-mean-field scaling in the density of states of amorphous solids
published pages: 050901(R), ISSN: 2470-0045, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.99.050901
Physical Review E 99/5 2020-03-13
2019 Harukuni Ikeda, Francesco Zamponi
Effect of particle exchange on the glass transition of binary hard spheres
published pages: 54001, ISSN: 1742-5468, DOI: 10.1088/1742-5468/ab0c1a
Journal of Statistical Mechanics: Theory and Experiment 2019/5 2020-03-13
2018 Thibaud Maimbourg, Mauro Sellitto, Guilhem Semerjian, Francesco Zamponi
Generating dense packings of hard spheres by soft interaction design
published pages: , ISSN: 2542-4653, DOI: 10.21468/SciPostPhys.4.6.039
SciPost Physics 4/6 2019-04-18
2018 Carolina Brito, Harukuni Ikeda, Pierfrancesco Urbani, Matthieu Wyart, Francesco Zamponi
Universality of jamming of nonspherical particles
published pages: 11736-11741, ISSN: 0027-8424, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1812457115
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115/46 2019-04-18
2018 Beatriz Seoane, Francesco Zamponi
Spin-glass-like aging in colloidal and granular glasses
published pages: 5222-5234, ISSN: 1744-683X, DOI: 10.1039/C8SM00859K
Soft Matter 14/25 2019-04-18
2018 M. Baity-Jesi, E. Calore, A. Cruz, L. A. Fernandez, J. M. Gil-Narvion, A. Gordillo-Guerrero, D. Iñiguez, A. Maiorano, E. Marinari, V. Martin-Mayor, J. Moreno-Gordo, A. Muñoz-Sudupe, D. Navarro, G. Parisi, S. Perez-Gaviro, F. Ricci-Tersenghi, J. J. Ruiz-Lorenzo, S. F. Schifano, B. Seoane, A. Tarancon, R. Tripiccione, D. Yllanes
Aging Rate of Spin Glasses from Simulations Matches Experiments
published pages: , ISSN: 0031-9007, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.120.267203
Physical Review Letters 120/26 2019-04-18
2019 Camille Scalliet, Ludovic Berthier, Francesco Zamponi
Marginally stable phases in mean-field structural glasses
published pages: , ISSN: 2470-0045, DOI: 10.1103/physreve.99.012107
Physical Review E 99/1 2019-04-18
2018 Ada Altieri, Pierfrancesco Urbani, Francesco Zamponi
Microscopic Theory of Two-Step Yielding in Attractive Colloids
published pages: , ISSN: 0031-9007, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.121.185503
Physical Review Letters 121/18 2019-04-18
2019 Elisabeth Agoritsas, Thibaud Maimbourg, Francesco Zamponi
Out-of-equilibrium dynamical equations of infinite-dimensional particle systems I. The isotropic case
published pages: 144002, ISSN: 1751-8113, DOI: 10.1088/1751-8121/ab099d
Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical 52/14 2019-04-18

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