Mean-field avalanches in jammed spheres

Silvio Franz 1 Stefano Spigler 1

Physical Review E , American Physical Society (APS), 2017, 95 (2), pp.022139

Disordered systems are characterized by the existence of many sample- dependent local energy minima, that cause a stepwise response when the system is perturbed. In this article we use an approach based on elementary probabilistic methods to compute the complete probability distribution of the jumps (static avalanches) in the response of mean-field systems described by replica symmetry breaking; we find a precise condition for having a power-law behavior in the distribution of avalanches caused by small perturbations, and we show that our predictions are in remarkable agreement both with previous results and with what is found in simulations of three dimensional systems of soft-spheres, either at jamming or at slightly higher densities.

  • 1. LPTMS - Laboratoire de Physique Théorique et Modèles Statistiques