On the study of jamming percolation

M. Jeng, J. M. Schwarz

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We investigate kinetically constrained models of glassy transitions, and determine which model characteristics are crucial in allowing a rigorous proof that such models have discontinuous transitions with faster than power law diverging length and time scales. The models we investigate have constraints similar to that of the knights model, introduced by Toninelli, Biroli, and Fisher (TBF), but differing neighbor relations. We find that such knights-like models, otherwise known as models of jamming percolation, need a "No Parallel Crossing" rule for the TBF proof of a glassy transition to be valid. Furthermore, most knights-like models fail a "No Perpendicular Crossing" requirement, and thus need modification to be made rigorous. We also show how the "No Parallel Crossing" requirement can be used to evaluate the provable glassiness of other correlated percolation models, by looking at models with more stable directions than the knights model. Finally, we show that the TBF proof does not generalize in any straightforward fashion for three-dimensional versions of the knights-like models.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)575-595
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Statistical Physics
Issue number4
StatePublished - May 2008


  • Glassy transition
  • Jamming
  • Kinetically constrained models
  • Percolation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Mathematical Physics


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