Glasses are ubiquitous in nature and the natureof glassy states and glass transi4on isone of the major unsolved problems in condensed matter physics. According to Nobel laureate PW. Anderson : “The deepest and most interestng unsolved problem in solid state theory is probably the theory of the nature of glass and the glass transition” (1995). See nytimes article for a nice summary on glass transition and current perspective. Understanding glass transi4on is thus of huge interest in fundamental physics as well as for industrial applica4ons. Our group tries to understand some of the puzzles of the glass transition and mechanical properties of amorphous solids within the framework of statistical physics.
Some of the research directions we are pursuing are :
- Looking for elusive order in disordered system and the associated correlation length.
- Ideal glassy states in systems with quenched disorder and their connection to spin glass physics.
- Glasses with metallicity : physics of metallic glasses
- Cavitation in amorphous solids and their implications on the mechanical properties of these disordered solids.
- Brittleness and Ductility of amorphous solids – is there a transition?
- Amorphization Transition : how to transform a crystal in to amorphous states and can one learn something from this transition?