Absence of Marginal Stability in a Structural Glass.
Marginally stable solids have peculiar physical properties that were discovered and analyzed in the context of the jamming transition. We theoretically investigate the existence of marginal stability in a prototypical model for structural glass-formers, combining analytical calculations in infinite dimensions to computer simulations in three dimensions. While mean-field theory predicts the existence of a Gardner phase transition towards a marginally stable glass phase at low temperatures, simulations show no hint of diverging timescales or lengthscales, but reveal instead the presence of sparse localized defects. Our results suggest that the Gardner transition is deeply affected by finite dimensional fluctuations, and raise issues about the relevance of marginal stability in structural glasses far away from jamming.
Publisher URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1706.04112
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