The Boson peak and the phonons in glasses



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Ciliberti, S. and Grigera, T.S. and Martín Mayor, Víctor and Parisi, G. and Verrocchio, P. (2004) The Boson peak and the phonons in glasses. AIP conference proceedings: slow dynamics in complex systems, 708 (1). pp. 565-570. ISSN 0094-243x

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Despite the presence of topological disorder, phonons seem to exist also in glasses at very high frequencies (THz) and they remarkably persist into the supercooled liquid. A universal feature of such a systems is the Boson peak, an excess of states over the standard Debye contribution at the vibrational density of states. Exploiting the euclidean random matrix theory of vibrations in amorphous systems, we show that this peak is the signature of a phase transition in the space of the stationary points of the energy, from a minima-dominated phase (with phonons) at low energy to a saddle-point dominated phase (without phonons). The theoretical predictions are checked by means of numeric simulations.

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© 2004 American Institute of Physics. International Symposium on Slow Dynamics in Complex Systems (3rd. 2004. Sendai, Japan). V.M.-M. is a Ramón y Cajal research fellow (MCyT, Spain). P.V. was supported through the European Community's Human Potential Programme under contract HPRN-CT-2002-00307, DYGLAGEMEM.

Uncontrolled Keywords:Instantaneous normal-modes; Density-of-states; Dynamical structure factor; Random-matrix theory; Supercooled liquids; Vibrational excitations; Disordered-systems; Vitreous silica; Relaxation processes; Molucular-dynamics.
Subjects:Sciences > Physics > Physics-Mathematical models
ID Code:46428
Deposited On:09 Mar 2018 09:33
Last Modified:09 Mar 2018 09:33

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