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Topological boundary modes in jammed matter

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Granular matter at the jamming transition is poised on the brink of mechanical stability, and hence it is possible that these random systems have topologically protected surface phonons. Studying two model systems for jammed matter, we find states that exhibit distinct mechanical topological classes, protected surface modes, and ubiquitous Weyl points. The detailed statistics of the boundary modes shed surprising light on the properties of the jamming critical point and help inform a common theoretical description of the detailed features of the transition.

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12 Apr 2016
20 Jun 2016
First published
20 Jun 2016

Soft Matter, 2016,12, 6079-6087
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Topological boundary modes in jammed matter

D. M. Sussman, O. Stenull and T. C. Lubensky, Soft Matter, 2016, 12, 6079
DOI: 10.1039/C6SM00875E

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