Systems that have been relatively unexplored in statistical physics are collections of macroscopic particles for which both quantum and thermal fluctuations are irrelevant. In these systems, typified by sandpiles, external forces such as gravity create rigid and flowing states. Surprisingly, the fluid states can also self-organize in response to external stresses to resist the stress and become more rigid. The mechanical integrity of these marginal solids is reliant on a filamentary network of stress-bearing structures. Recent experimental and numerical observations in dry grains and dense suspensions have highlighted the role played by such networks on jamming and flow. In this talk, I will give an overview of my recent work, which has been a quest to establish robust physical principles that govern fluctuations and response in athermal, disordered systems where friction and dissipation are important, thermal motion is absent, and cohesion is induced by imposed mechanical stresses.
Bulbul Chakraborty (Brandeis University, USA)
Date & Time
Mon, 08 October 2018, 15:00 to 16:00
Emmy Noether Seminar Room, ICTS Campus, Bangalore