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Colloquium Ehrenfestii

  • Itamar Procaccia (Weizmann)
17 October 2018
Oort Building
Niels Bohrweg 2
2333 CA Leiden
Sitterzaal 032

Catastrophic failure of Amorphous Solids

Catastrophic failure of amorphous solids is seen in earthquakes, mud slides and avalanches. I will discuss the fundamental physics of such failures, both from the mechanical  and fromthe statistical physics points of view. I will explain the theory of mechanical yield, and connect thephenomenon to a spinodal point of a first order phase transition where critical effects can be measured and discussed. The lecture will not assume prior knowledge of the subject.

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