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Disordered solids

In search of the perfect glass

The jury's still out on how glasses and other disordered materials form. However, a new framework suggests that we can understand their mechanical properties without this information, by using the physics of jamming.

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Biroli, G. In search of the perfect glass. Nature Phys 10, 555–556 (2014).

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