Packing structure of a two-dimensional granular system through the jamming transition

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Abstract

We have performed a novel experiment on granular packs composed of automatically swelling particles. By analyzing the Voronoi structure of packs going through the jamming transition, we show that the local configuration of a jamming pack is strikingly similar to that of a glass-forming liquid, both in terms of their universal area distribution and the process of defect annealing. Furthermore, we demonstrate that an unambiguous structural signature of the jamming transition can be obtained from the pair correlation functions of a pack. Our study provides insights into the structural properties of general jamming systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2931-2934
Number of pages4
JournalSoft Matter
Volume6
Issue number13
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 7 2010

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