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
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