Bond-space operator disentangles quasilocalized and phononic modes in structural glasses

Julia A. Giannini, David Richard, M. Lisa Manning, Edan Lerner

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Abstract

The origin of several emergent mechanical and dynamical properties of structural glasses is often attributed to populations of localized structural instabilities, coined quasilocalized modes (QLMs). Under a restricted set of circumstances, glassy QLMs can be revealed by analyzing computer glasses' vibrational spectra in the harmonic approximation. However, this analysis has limitations due to system-size effects and hybridization processes with low-energy phononic excitations (plane waves) that are omnipresent in elastic solids. Here we overcome these limitations by exploring the spectrum of a linear operator defined on the space of particle interactions (bonds) in a disordered material. We find that this bond-force-response operator offers a different interpretation of QLMs in glasses and cleanly recovers some of their important statistical and structural features. The analysis presented here reveals the dependence of the number density (per frequency) and spatial extent of QLMs on material preparation protocol (annealing). Finally, we discuss future research directions and possible extensions of this work.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberA62
JournalPhysical Review E
Volume104
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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