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Thermalized connectivity networks of jammed packings

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Jammed packings of repulsive elastic spheres have emerged as a rich model system within which the elastic properties of disordered glassy materials may be elucidated. Most of the work on these packings has focused on the case of vanishing temperature. Here, we explore the elastic properties of the associated connectivity network for finite temperatures, ignoring the breaking of bonds and the formation of new ones. Using extensive Monte Carlo simulations, we find that, as the temperature is increased, the resulting spring network shrinks and exhibits a rapidly softening bulk modulus via a cusp. Moreover, the shear modulus stiffens in a fixed volume ensemble but not in a fixed pressure ensemble. These counter-intuitive behaviors may be understood from the characteristic spectrum of soft modes near isostaticity, which resembles the spectrum of a rod near its buckling instability. Our results suggest a generic mechanism for negative thermal expansion coefficients in marginal solids. We discuss some consequences of bond breaking and an apparent analogy between thermalization and shear.

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The article was received on 12 Apr 2016, accepted on 05 Jul 2016 and first published on 06 Jul 2016

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C6SM00864J
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Citation: Soft Matter, 2016,12, 7682-7687

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    Thermalized connectivity networks of jammed packings

    C. Buss, C. Heussinger and O. Hallatschek, Soft Matter, 2016, 12, 7682
    DOI: 10.1039/C6SM00864J

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