When strained beyond the linear regime, soft colloidal glasses yield to steady-state plastic flow in a way that is similar to the deformation of conventional amorphous solids. Because of the much larger size of the colloidal particles with respect to the atoms comprising an amorphous solid, colloidal glasses allow us to obtain microscopic insight into the nature of the yielding transition, as we illustrate here combining experiments, atomistic simulations, and mesoscopic modeling. Our results unanimously show growing clusters of nonaffine deformation percolating at yielding. In agreement with percolation theory, the spanning cluster is fractal with a fractal dimension df≃2, and the correlation length diverges upon approaching the critical yield strain. These results indicate that percolation of highly nonaffine particles is the hallmark of the yielding transition in disordered glassy systems.
Direct Observation of Percolation in the Yielding Transition of Colloidal Glasses / A. Ghosh, Z. Budrikis, V. Chikkadi, A.L. Sellerio, S. Zapperi, P. Schall. - In: PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS. - ISSN 0031-9007. - 118:14(2017), pp. 148001.1-148001.6.
|Titolo:||Direct Observation of Percolation in the Yielding Transition of Colloidal Glasses|
ZAPPERI, STEFANO (Penultimo)
|Parole Chiave:||Physics and Astronomy (all)|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore FIS/03 - Fisica della Materia|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2017|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.118.148001|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|