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Glassy dynamics as a quantum problem
September 16, 20164:00 pm – 5:00 pm (CDT)

Glassy dynamics as a quantum problem


Zohar Nussinov (Washington University)


H. Katzgraber



Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics & Astronomy

College Station, Texas 77843

Event Details

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.

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