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The Electron Glass by A. Frydman, M. Ortuño, M. Pollak

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8

Relationship to other glasses

Chapter 3 serves as an introduction to glasses and in doing so focuses on what is characteristic of glasses in general. To briefly summarize, the phenomenological common features are an extremely long or perpetual state of nonequilibrium, disobeying time homogeneity (aging), and memory effects. Structurally, the common features are interaction and disorder, the combination of which leads to frustration. As far as experiments are concerned, one can excite the glass with some generalized force – thermodynamically an intensive quantity – and measure a responding dynamical variable (an extensive quantity) or a generalized susceptibility. For example, in structural glasses, one measures deformation or viscosity responding ...

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