Comment on “Jamming at zero temperature and zero applied stress: The epitome of disorder”

Aleksandar Donev, Salvatore Torquato, Frank H. Stillinger, Robert Connelly

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O’Hern, Silbert, Liu, and Nagel [Phys. Rev. E. 68, 011306 (2003)] claim that a special point [Formula presented] of a “jamming phase diagram” (in density, temperature, stress space) is related to random close packing of hard spheres and that it represents, for their suggested definitions of jammed and random, the recently introduced maximally random jammed state. We point out several difficulties with their definitions and question some of their claims. Furthermore, we discuss the connections between their algorithm and other hard-sphere packing algorithms in the literature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical Physics, Plasmas, Fluids, and Related Interdisciplinary Topics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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