Physics of amorphous solids: Their creation and their mechanical properties
Department of Chemical Physics, The Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
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In this short review I summarize some progress achieved in my research group regarding the glass transition and the mechanical properties of the resulting amorphous solids. Our main concerns were on the one hand to understand the extreme slowing down over a narrow range of temperatures which results in a viscosity so high that the materials behave as solids under small mechanical strains. On the other hand we are interested in their mechanical yield to higher strains. After yielding the materials can be in an elasto-plastic steady state which we want to understand and characterize.
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