# Is random close packing of spheres well defined?

@article{Torquato2000IsRC, title={Is random close packing of spheres well defined?}, author={Torquato and Thomas M Truskett and Debenedetti}, journal={Physical review letters}, year={2000}, volume={84 10}, pages={ 2064-7 } }

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… Expand

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