- Theory of the jamming transition at finite temperature
- Journal of Chemical Physics
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- 142 | 16
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- Faculty of Science (FNWI)
- Institute for Theoretical Physics Amsterdam (ITFA)
A theory for the microscopic structure and the vibrational properties of soft sphere glass at finite temperature is presented. With an effective potential, derived here, the phase diagram and vibrational properties are worked out around the Maxwell critical point at zero temperature T and pressure p. Variational arguments and effective medium theory identically predict a non-trivial temperature scale T* similar to p((2-a)/(1-a)) with a approximate to 0.17 such that low-energy vibrational properties are hard-sphere like for T greater than or similar to T* and zero-temperature soft-sphere like otherwise. However, due to crossovers in the equation of state relating T, p, and the packing fraction phi, these two regimes lead to four regions where scaling behaviors differ when expressed in terms of T and phi. Scaling predictions are presented for the mean-squared displacement, characteristic frequency, shear modulus, and characteristic elastic length in all regions of the phase diagram.
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