Anomalous glassy dynamics in simple models of dense biological tissue

Daniel M. Sussman, M. Paoluzzi, M. Cristina Marchetti, M. Lisa Manning

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In order to understand the mechanisms for glassy dynamics in biological tissues and shed light on those in non-biological materials, we study the low-temperature disordered phase of 2D vertex-like models. Recently it has been noted that vertex models have quite unusual behavior in the zero-temperature limit, with rigidity transitions that are controlled by residual stresses and therefore exhibit very different scaling and phenomenology compared to particulate systems. Here we investigate the finite-temperature phase of two-dimensional Voronoi and Vertex models, and show that they have highly unusual, sub-Arrhenius scaling of dynamics with temperature. We connect the anomalous glassy dynamics to features of the potential energy landscape associated with zero-temperature inherent states.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number36001
Issue number3
StatePublished - Feb 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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