Is random close packing of spheres well defined?

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Despite its long history, there are many fundamental issues concerning random packings of spheres that remain elusive, including a precise definition of random close packing (RCP). We argue that the current picture of RCP cannot be made mathematically precise and support this conclusion via a molecular dynamics study of hard spheres using the Lubachevsky-Stillinger compression algorithm. We suggest that this impasse can be broken by introducing the new concept of a maximally random jammed state, which can be made precise.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2064-2067
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number10
StatePublished - 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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