Rigidity percolation in glassy structures

Michael Thorpe

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We review the new concept of rigidity percolation and show that if local flexible units are joined together to form a network, the composite consists of floppy and rigid regions. When the rigid regions percolate, the whole network becomes rigid and resists attempts at elastic deformation. These ideas are applied to network glasses. It is shown that in the floppy region there exist low-frequency modes that should show up in inelastic neutron scattering.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)109-116
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Non-Crystalline Solids
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Nov 11 1985
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials

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