- Breakdown of continuum elasticity in amorphous solids
- Soft Matter
- Volume | Issue number
- 10 | 28
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Science (FNWI)
- Institute for Theoretical Physics Amsterdam (ITFA)
We show numerically that the response of simple amorphous solids (elastic networks and particle packings) to a local force dipole is characterized by a lengthscale lc that diverges as unjamming is approached as lc ∼ (z − 2d)−1/2, where z ≥ 2d is the mean coordination, and d is the spatial dimension, at odds with previous numerical claims. We also show how the magnitude of the lengthscale lc is amplified by the presence of internal stresses in the disordered solid. Our data suggests a divergence of lc ∼(pc − p)−1/4 with proximity to a critical internal stress pc at which soft elastic modes become unstable.
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