Emergence of linear elasticity from the atomistic description of matter

A Cakir and MP Ciamarra, JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS, 145, 054507 (2016).

DOI: 10.1063/1.4960184

We investigate the emergence of the continuum elastic limit from the atomistic description of matter at zero temperature considering how locally defined elastic quantities depend on the coarse graining length scale. Results obtained numerically investigating different model systems are rationalized in a unifying picture according to which the continuum elastic limit emerges through a process determined by two system properties, the degree of disorder, and a length scale associated to the transverse low-frequency vibrational modes. The degree of disorder controls the emergence of long-range local shear stress and shear strain correlations, while the length scale influences the amplitude of the fluctuations of the local elastic constants close to the jamming transition. Published by AIP Publishing.

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