Physics of disordered materials such as amorphous solids, the glass transition of supercooled liquids and the jamming transition of grains has become a challenging field in the last decades. Although some recent studies suggest that viscous slowing down of super-cooled liquids, colloids and granular media might be related to the existence of genuine phase transitions, other works suggest that they are not the thermodynamic phase transitions but a mere dynamical transitions. Nevertheless, the long range order in amorphous solids such as dynamical heterogeneities plays an important role in both at the glass transition and the jamming transition, the analogies with spin-glasses and their physically observable consequences.

This important analogue originated from cooperative motion of molecules has been observed only recently in experiments where a cooperative length-scale of about 5-20 molecular diameters at the glass transition and the jamming transition.

This workshop will bring together theoretical, computational and experimental physicists working on phase transitions and the jamming problem in glass-forming liquids, colloids and granular matter. It will be held as the fourth week activity of the long term workshop "New Frontiers in Non-equilibrium Physics 2015"at Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics, Kyoto University. The aim of this workshop is to create synergy and interactions between Japanese and French community.

The workshop will start on Tuesday, August 11, in the morning, and it will end on Friday afternoon, August 14.

Important Dates

May 10th Registration deadline
Aug. 11th - 14th Conference

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