Tuesday, July 30, 2013

1307.7659 (Yasser Rahmani et al.)

Visualizing the strain evolution during the indentation of colloidal

Yasser Rahmani, Rose Koopman, Dmitry Denisov, Peter Schall
We use an analogue of nanoindentation on a colloidal glass to elucidate the incipient plastic deformation of glasses. By tracking the motion of the individual particles in three dimensions, we visualize the strain field and glass structure during the emerging deformation. At the onset of flow, we observe a power-law distribution of strain indicating strongly correlated deformation, and reflecting a critical state of the glass. At later stages, the strain acquires a Gaussian distribution, indicating that plastic events become uncorrelated. Investigation of the glass structure using both static and dynamic measures shows a weak correlation between the structure and the emerging strain distribution. These results indicate that the onset of plasticity is governed by strong power-law correlations of strain, weakly biased by the heterogeneous glass structure.
View original: http://arxiv.org/abs/1307.7659

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