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Dynamical Heterogeneities in Glasses, Colloids, and Granular Media$
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Ludovic Berthier, Giulio Biroli, Jean-Philippe Bouchaud, Luca Cipelletti, and Wim van Saarloos

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199691470

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199691470.001.0001

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An overview of the theories of the glass transition

(p.39) 2 An overview of the theories of the glass transition
Dynamical Heterogeneities in Glasses, Colloids, and Granular Media

Gilles Tarjus

Oxford University Press

The topic of the glass transition gives rise to a a wide diversity of views. It is, accordingly, characterized by a lack of agreement on which would be the most profitable theoretical perspective. This chapter provides some elements that can help sorting out the many theoretical approaches, understanding their foundations, as well as discussing their validity and mutual compatibility. Along the way, the chapter describes the progress made in the last twenty years, including new insights concerning the spatial heterogeneity of the dynamics and the characteristic length scales associated with the glass transition. An emphasis is put on those theories that associate glass formation with growing collective behavior and emerging universality.

Keywords:   glass transition, dynamical heterogeneity, theory of glass transition

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