Sound attenuation in two-dimensional glasses at finite temperatures

LC Fu and LJ Wang, PHYSICAL REVIEW E, 106, 054605 (2022).

DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.106.054605

The thermal conductivity of glasses exhibits an unusual temperature dependence compared to their crystalline counterparts. Sound attenuation due to disorder in glasses was proposed to be important in rationalizing this special behavior. Simulation studies suggest that in the harmonic approximation, the sound attenuation follows Rayleigh scattering scaling at small wave vector in both two-dimensional (2D) and 3D glasses. The influence of the anharmonicity on sound attenuation has very recently been investigated numerically, but only in 3D glasses. Hence, it remains unknown in simulations how sound attenuation changes with the wave vector in 2D glasses when the anharmonicity comes into play. Here, we address this issue by performing computer simulations in low-temperature 2D glasses over a large range of glass stabilities. We find that the way the anharmonicity affects sound attenuation in 2D glasses is the same as that in 3D, thus revealing that numerically the influence of the anharmonicity on sound attenuation does not rely on the spatial dimension.

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