Marginal stability in structural, spin, and electron glasses

Markus Müller, Matthieu Wyart

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    We revisit the concept of marginal stability in glasses and determine its range of applicability in the context of an avalanche-type response to slow external driving. We argue that there is an intimate connection between a pseudogap in the distribution of local fields and crackling in systems with long-range interactions. We classify glassy systems according to the presence or absence of marginal stability, providing a unifying perspective on the phenomenology of systems as diverse as spin and electron glasses, hard spheres, pinned elastic interfaces, and soft amorphous solids undergoing plastic deformation.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)177-200
    Number of pages24
    JournalAnnual Review of Condensed Matter Physics
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - Mar 10 2015


    • avalanches
    • crackling
    • glasses
    • hysteresis
    • marginal stability
    • pseudogap
    • self-organized criticality

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Materials Science
    • Condensed Matter Physics


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