Charbonneau and International Team of Physicists Seek Understanding of the Physics of Glass

Professor Patrick Charbonneau and an international team of physicists have been awarded four years of support from the Simons Foundation to seek a clearer understanding of the physics of glass.  The team, led by Prof. Sid Nagel of the University of Chicago, seeks a unified theory of the structure and formation of glasses -- materials that have the mechanical properties of solids, but are disordered at the molecular level like liquids.  The convergence of recent breakthroughs in these areas offers a unique opportunity to tackle two outstanding and intimately related challenges:

  • Developing a unified theory of structure and excitations in glassy matter

  • Developing a theory for the relaxation dynamics on approach to the glass transition

For more information on the project, please click here.