Driving with maps or: Finding your way in the glassy landscape of an amorphous solid
Muhittin Mungan, University of Bonn
The energy landscape of sheared amorphous solids, even when probed under athermal and quasistatic (AQS) conditions, reveals rich features, such as a transition from brittle to ductile response and yielding. In this talk I will argue that a natural (and rigorous) way of representing this AQS response is via « maps », i.e. state transition graphs. This opens the way for understanding dynamical features in terms of the topological structure of the underlying transition graph. Moreover, such graphs can be readily extracted from simulations of sheared amorphous solids.