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Topology and Rigidity

2011 Glass & Optical Materials Division Spring Meeting

The topological description of amorphous structures has been an active subject of studies since the development of the rigidity percolation theory by Phillips and Thorpe more than three decades ago. With this topological approach, a glass is considered a network of bond constraints with varying degrees of rigidity which can directly affect the physical and chemical property of the material. Many advances have been brought out in topological modeling and rigidity theory as well as in their experimental verification over the years however this field is still currently the subject of intense studies. This session will focus on recent developments of both theoretical and experimental aspects of the topological description of glasses. Contributions covering modeling as well as physical measurements of properties and structure are encouraged for this session.


Pierre Lucas, University of Arizona, USA

John Mauro, Corning Incorporated, USA


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