First Steps in Glass Theory

Marc Mézard 1

More is different, Ong and Bhatt editors 1 (2002) 1

This paper is an introduction to some of the main present issues in the theory of structural glasses. After recalling a few experimental facts, it gives a short account of the analogy between fragile glasses and the mean field discontinuous spin glasses. The many valley picture is presented, and a brief account of recent attempts to obtain quantitative results from first principle computations is summarised.

  • 1. Laboratoire de Physique Théorique et Modèles Statistiques (LPTMS),
    CNRS : UMR8626 – Université Paris XI - Paris Sud