Dynamical solid-liquid transition through oscillatory shear

E Brillaux and F Turci, SOFT MATTER, 15, 4371-4379 (2019).

DOI: 10.1039/c8sm01950a

Starting from an ideal crystalline state, we numerically study a nonequilibrium dynamical order- disorder transition promoted by the application of a periodic shearing protocol at low temperatures in model systems in three dimensions. We observe a discontinuous dynamical transition from an ordered to a disordered steady state. Through the analysis of large- scale simulations, we show that the amorphization mechanism around the discontinuous transition is reminiscent of spinodal decomposition.

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