Both glasses and jams are familiar in everyday life, yet the physics of these phenomena is sufficiently complicated that neither is fully understood. One question of interest is whether a jamming transition (in which some driving force becomes 'too large' and actually inhibits the flow which it is trying to induce) and a glass transition are actually two aspects of the same thing. With current work, we hope to describe jamming within the framework of a well established model of the glass transition. In the talk, I will discuss jams, glasses and the relationship between them.
This is a weekly series of informal talks given primarily by members of the soft condensed matter and statistical mechanics groups, but is also open to members of other groups and external visitors. The aim of the series is to promote discussion and learning of various topics at a level suitable to the broad background of the group. Everyone is welcome to attend..