Glassy phases and driven response of the phase-field-crystal model with random pinning

E. Granato, J.A.P. Ramos, C.V. Achim, Joel Lehikoinen, S.C. Ying, T. Ala-Nissila, Ken Elder

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Abstract

We study the structural correlations and the nonlinear response to a driving force of a two-dimensional phase-field-crystal model with random pinning. The model provides an effective continuous description of lattice systems in the presence of disordered external pinning centers, allowing for both elastic and plastic deformations. We find that the phase-field crystal with disorder assumes an amorphous glassy ground state, with only short-ranged positional and orientational correlations, even in the limit of weak disorder. Under increasing driving force, the pinned amorphous-glass phase evolves into a moving plastic-flow phase and then, finally, a moving smectic phase. The transverse response of the moving smectic phase shows a vanishing transverse critical force for increasing system sizes.
Original languageEnglish
Article number031102
Pages (from-to)1-8
JournalPhysical Review E
Volume84
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • disordered system
  • multiscale modeling
  • Phase-field crystal
  • two-dimensional glass

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    Granato, E., Ramos, J. A. P., Achim, C. V., Lehikoinen, J., Ying, S. C., Ala-Nissila, T., & Elder, K. (2011). Glassy phases and driven response of the phase-field-crystal model with random pinning. Physical Review E, 84(3), 1-8. [031102]. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevE.84.031102