Understanding Glassy Phenomena in Materials

  • David SherringtonEmail author
Part of the Springer Series in Materials Science book series (SSMATERIALS, volume 148)


A basis for understanding and modelling glassy behaviour in martensitic alloys and relaxor ferroelectrics is discussed from the perspective of spin glasses.


Spin Glass Relaxor Ferroelectric Spin Glass Phase Martensitic Alloy Spin Glass System 
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The author is grateful to Avadh Saxena and Turab Lookman for introducing him to martensitic shape-memory alloys and for useful discussions on the topic over many years of visits to Los Alamos National Laboratory, whose hospitality he also acknowledges. Also, in connection with martensitic alloys, he has appreciated correspondence with Jim Sethna and Xiaobing Ren. He thanks Roger Cowley, his colleague at Oxford, for introducing him to relaxor ferroelectrics, for informing him of several results and comparisons and for useful discussions on how to model and understand, and also Wolfgang Kleemann for very helpful comments on a draft of this paper and for drawing his attention to other relevant works on relaxors. Finally, he apologises again to the experts in martensites and relaxors whose work he has not acknowledged and indeed much of which he is insufficiently familiar with, but if he waited until he had had an opportunity to read, absorb and understand everything that has been done and written about, this article would not have been completed. Hopefully it will stimulate reactions, even if only of correction and objection.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Santa Fe InstituteSanta FeUSA
  2. 2.Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical PhysicsUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK

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