A random matrix definition of the boson peak

M. L. Manning, A. J. Liu

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The density of vibrational states for glasses and jammed solids exhibits universal features, including an excess of modes above the Debye prediction known as the boson peak located at a frequency ω∗. We show that the eigenvector statistics for boson peak modes are universal, and develop a new definition of the boson peak based on this universality that displays the previously observed characteristic scaling ω∗ ∼ p-1/2. We identify a large new class of random matrices that obey a generalized global tranlational invariance constraint and demonstrate that members of this class also have a boson peak with precisely the same universal eigenvector statistics. We denote this class as boson peak random matrices, and conjecture it comprises a new universality class. We characterize the eigenvector statistics as a function of coordination number, and find that one member of this new class reproduces the scaling of ω∗ with coordination number that is observed near the jamming transition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number36002
Issue number3
StatePublished - Feb 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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