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dr. E. (Edan) Lerner

  • Faculty of Science
  • Visiting address
    Science Park A
    Science Park 904  
  • Postal address:
    Postbus  94485
    1090 GL  Amsterdam

The propagation of a crack across a car's windshield, or the motion of sand under a footstep on the beach, are both everyday examples that highlight the intriguing flow patterns exhibited by disordered materials when subjected to external forcing. Despite their wide prevalence, much is unknown about the physical mechanisms that govern flow in these highly non-linear, out-of-equilibrium systems. In my research, I employ both theory and computer simulations, with the goal of understanding what determines the underlying microscopic structures made by the constituent particles of various materials -- whether they are molecules, grains, fibers or bubbles -- and how these structures affect the way these materials flow.


  • Rens, R., Villarroel, C., Düring, G., & Lerner, E. (2018). Micromechanical theory of strain stiffening of biopolymer networks. Physical Review E, 98(6), [062411]. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.98.062411 
  • Lerner, E., Procaccia, I., Rainone, C., & Singh, M. (2018). Protocol dependence of plasticity in ultrastable amorphous solids. Physical Review E, 98(6), [063001]. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.98.063001 
  • Brito, C., Lerner, E., & Wyart, M. (2018). Theory for Swap Acceleration near the Glass and Jamming Transitions for Continuously Polydisperse Particles. Physical Review X, 8(3), [031050]. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevX.8.031050 
  • Kapteijns, G., Bouchbinder, E., & Lerner, E. (2018). Universal Nonphononic Density of States in 2D, 3D, and 4D Glasses. Physical Review Letters, 121(5), [055501]. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.121.055501 
  • Lerner, E. (2018). Quasilocalized states of self stress in packing-derived networks. European Physical Journal E, 41(8), [93]. DOI: 10.1140/epje/i2018-11705-9 
  • Bouchbinder, E., & Lerner, E. (2018). Universal disorder-induced broadening of phonon bands: From disordered lattices to glasses. New Journal of Physics, 20(7), [073022]. DOI: 10.1088/1367-2630/aacef4 
  • Lerner, E., & Bouchbinder, E. (2018). A characteristic energy scale in glasses. Journal of Chemical Physics, 148(21), [214502]. DOI: 10.1063/1.5024776 
  • Lerner, E., & Bouchbinder, E. (2018). Frustration-induced internal stresses are responsible for quasilocalized modes in structural glasses. Physical Review E, 97(3), [032140]. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.97.032140 


  • Lerner, E., & Bouchbinder, E. (2017). Effect of instantaneous and continuous quenches on the density of vibrational modes in model glasses. Physical Review E, 96(2), [020104(R)]. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.96.020104  [details] 
  • Zylberg, J., Lerner, E., Bar-Sinai, Y., & Bouchbinder, E. (2017). Local thermal energy as a structural indicator in glasses. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 114(28), 7289-7294. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1704403114  [details] 
  • Kooij, S., & Lerner, E. (2017). Unjamming in models with analytic pairwise potentials. Physical Review E, 95(6), [062141]. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.95.062141  [details] 





  • Lerner, E. (2017). Comment on “Spatial structure of states of self stress in jammed systems” by D. M. Sussman, C. P. Goodrich, and A. J. Liu, Soft Matter, 2016, 12, 3982. Soft Matter, 13(8), 1530-1531. DOI: 10.1039/c6sm01111j  [details] 
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