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Title: Reversibility and criticality in amorphous solids

The physical processes governing the onset of yield, where a material changes its shape permanently under external deformation, are not yet understood for amorphous solids that are intrinsically disordered. Here, using molecular dynamics simulations and mean-field theory, we show that at a critical strain amplitude the sizes of clusters of atoms undergoing cooperative rearrangements of displacements (avalanches) diverges. We compare this non-equilibrium critical behaviour to the prevailing concept of a ‘front depinning’ transition that has been used to describe steady-state avalanche behaviour in different materials. We explain why a depinning-like process can result in a transition from periodic to chaotic behaviour and why chaotic motion is not possible in pinned systems. As a result, these findings suggest that, at least for highly jammed amorphous systems, the irreversibility transition may be a side effect of depinning that occurs in systems where the disorder is not quenched.
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  1. Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA (United States); Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
  2. Univ. of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Urbana, IL (United States)
  3. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
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Journal ID: ISSN 2041-1723; ncomms9805
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Journal Name:
Nature Communications
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 6; Journal ID: ISSN 2041-1723
Nature Publishing Group
Research Org:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
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Country of Publication:
United States
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; physical sciences; materials science