Constraint theory, vector percolation and glass formation

J. C. Phillips, M. F. Thorpe

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We connect the Phillips constraint theory of glass formation to numerical simulations of vector percolation with nearest neighbor central forces. Feng and Sen have shown that the addition of bond-bending forces shifts the vector percolation threshold to the scalar value in two dimensions. Using constraint theory we show that in the mean-field approximation for d > 2 the correct non-central vector threshold lies between the scalar and central vector thresholds. For a fully equilibrated statically disordered network mean-field theory may be almost exact.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)699-702
Number of pages4
JournalSolid State Communications
Issue number8
StatePublished - Feb 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Materials Chemistry


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