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.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Ceramics and Composites
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Materials Chemistry