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30-year-old Mystery on the Glass Problem Demystified

The transformation of the free-energy landscape from smooth to hierarchical in glassy materials can significantly impact their low-temperature properties. With 30 pages of handwritten calculations Sho Yaida, a Duke postdoctoral fellow in the Charbonneau lab, has laid to rest a 30-year-old mystery about the nature of this transformation. The work was just published in Physical Review Letters. Learn more on Duke TODAY.