Distribution of attraction basins in a family of simple glasses

P. Chandra, L. B. Ioffe

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We study the distribution of attraction basins as a function of energy in simple glasses. We find that it is always broad. Furthermore, we identify two types of glass, both with an exponentially large number of metastable states. In one type the largest attraction basin is exponentially small, whereas in the other it is polynomially small in the system size N. If there exists a tuning parameter that connects one regime with another, then these two phases are separated by a critical point. We discuss implications for optimization problems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6641-6653
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Physics Condensed Matter
Issue number29
StatePublished - Jul 24 2000
EventICTP-NIS Conference on 'Unifying Concepts in Glass Physics' - Trieste, Italy
Duration: Sep 15 1999Sep 18 1999

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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