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Glassy dynamics as a consequence of the equilibrium liquid to solid transition

MAR 16, 2018 | 11:00 AM TO 1:30 PM



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March 16, 2018: 11:00 AM-1:30 PM




Initiative for the Theoretical Sciences and PhD Program in Physics


Condensed Matter Talks with Zohar Nussinov, Washington University. Room 5209.

Abstract: We review the underpinning of the microcanonical ensemble and the more refined (and explicitly quantum) "Eigenstate Thermalization Hypothesis". We then find and apply a simple corollary of these to analyze the evolution of a liquid upon supercooling to form a structural glass. Simple theoretical considerations lead to a predictions for general properties of supercooled liquids. Amongst other things, a collapse of the viscosity of glass formers is predicted from this theory. This collapse indeed occurs over 16 decades of relaxation times for all known types of glass formers