# Ezequiel FerreroUniversity of Barcelona | UB · Condensed Matter Physics Department

Ezequiel Ferrero

PhD in Physics

Researcher @Bariloche , Fellow @Barcelona. Disordered Systems, Amorphous Solids, Soft Matter. Editor @Papers In Physics.

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Introduction

Ezequiel Ferrero did his PhD in Physics at Córdoba NU (ARG, 2011), on non-equilibrium properties of discontinuous phase transitions, with Prof. S Cannas.
On a 1st postdoc (11-13) at Centro Atómico Bariloche (ARG), he worked on the problem of the depinning transition of an elastic interface, with Drs. AB Kolton and S Bustingorry. This included a mission to Paris Sud Univ. (FRA), to work with Dr. A Rosso on the creep of a domain wall.
In a 2nd postdoc (13-17) at the group of Prof. JL Barrat Université Grenoble Alpes (FRA), he studied relaxation and deformation of amorphous materials and the yielding transition.
In 2017 he worked as a potsdoc in Università degli Studi di Milano (ITA), with Prof. S Zapperi, in fracture and metamaterials.
He is now a CONICET stable researcher in Bariloche.

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Education

January 2006 - February 2011

## Publications

Publications (53)

Although intuitively appealing, the concept of spinodal is rigorously defined only in systems with infinite range interactions (mean-field systems). In short-range systems, a pseudospinodal can be defined by extrapolation of metastable measurements, but the point itself is not reachable because it lies beyond the metastability limit. In this work w...

We develop a parallel rejection algorithm to tackle the problem of low
acceptance in Monte Carlo methods, and apply it to the simulation of the
hopping conduction in Coulomb glasses using Graphics Processing Units, for
which we also parallelize the update of local energies. In two dimensions, our
parallel code achieves speedups of up to two orders...

We study the finite size fluctuations at the depinning transition for a
one-dimensional elastic interface of size $L$ displacing in a disordered medium
of transverse size $M=k L^\zeta$ with periodic boundary conditions, where
$\zeta$ is the depinning roughness exponent and $k$ is a finite aspect ratio
parameter. We focus on the crossover from the i...

In presence of impurities, ferromagnetic and ferroelectric domain walls slide only above a finite external field. Close to this depinning threshold, the wall proceeds by large and abrupt jumps, called avalanches, while, at much smaller field, it creeps by thermal activation. In this work we develop a novel numerical technique that captures the ultr...

The origin of the brittle-to-ductile transition, experimentally observed in amorphous silica nanofibers as the sample size is reduced, is still debated. Here we investigate the issue by extensive molecular dynamics simulations at low and room temperatures for a broad range of sample sizes, with open and periodic boundary conditions. Our results sho...

We model the isotropic depinning transition of a domain wall using a two-dimensional Ginzburg-Landau scalar field instead of a directed elastic string in a random media. An exact algorithm accurately targets both the critical depinning field and the critical configuration for each sample. For random bond disorder of weak strength Δ, the critical fi...

We examine the structural relaxation of glassy materials at finite temperatures, considering the effect of activated rearrangements and long-range elastic interactions. Our three-dimensional mesoscopic relaxation model shows how the displacements induced by localized relaxation events can result in faster-than-exponential relaxation. Thermal activa...

Drawing inspiration from honeybee swarms' nest-site selection process, we assess the ability of a kilobot robot swarm to replicate this captivating example of collective decision-making. Honeybees locate the optimal site for their new nest by aggregating information about potential locations and exchanging it through their waggle-dance. The complex...

We model the isotropic depinning transition of a domain-wall using a two dimensional Ginzburg-Landau scalar field instead of a directed elastic string in a random media. An exact algorithm accurately targets both the critical depinning field and the critical configuration for each sample. For random bond disorder of weak strength $\Delta$, the crit...

We examine the relaxation process in a quiescent amorphous solid at finite temperatures, considering the effect of activated rearrangements and long-range elastic interactions. Our three-dimensional elasto-plastic model shows how the displacements induced by localized plastic events can result in faster-than-exponential relaxation. Thermal activati...

The behavior of shear-oscillated amorphous materials is studied using a coarse-grained model. Samples are prepared at different degrees of annealing and then subjected to athermal and quasi-static oscillatory deformations at various fixed amplitudes. The steady-state reached after several oscillations is fully determined by the initial preparation...

We analyze the effect of temperature on the yielding transition of amorphous solids using different coarse-grained model approaches. On one hand, we use an elastoplastic model, with temperature introduced in the form of an Arrhenius activation law over energy barriers. On the other hand, we implement a Hamiltonian model with a relaxational dynamics...

Magnetic-field-driven domain wall dynamics in a ferrimagnetic GdFeCo thin film with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy is studied using low-temperature magneto-optical Kerr microscopy. Measurements performed in a practically athermal condition allow for the direct experimental determination of the velocity (β=0.30±0.03) and correlation length (ν=1.3...

We analyze the effect of temperature on the yielding transition of amorphous solids using different coarse-grained model approaches. On one hand we use an elasto-plastic model, with temperature introduced in the form of an Arrhenius activation law over energy barriers. On the other hand, we implement a Hamiltonian model with a relaxational dynamics...

The thermally activated creep motion of an elastic interface weakly driven on a disordered landscape is one of the best examples of glassy universal dynamics. Its understanding has evolved over the past 30 years thanks to a fruitful interplay among elegant scaling arguments, sophisticated analytical calculations, efficient optimization algorithms,...

Magnetic field driven domain wall dynamics in a ferrimagnetic GdFeCo thin film with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy is studied using low temperature magneto-optical Kerr microscopy. A secured quasi-athermal measurement allows for the direct experimental determination of the velocity ($\beta = 0.30 \pm 0.03$) and correlation length ($\nu = 1.3 \pm...

Recent atomistic simulations have identified novel rheological properties on amorphous materials under quasi-static oscillatory shear. Using a coarse-grained model based on the evolution of a continuum strain field we characterize these properties in the stationary limit, reached after several oscillations. We built a `phase diagram' depending on t...

The strain load Δγ that triggers consecutive avalanches is a key observable in the slow deformation of amorphous solids. Its temporally averaged value 〈Δγ〉displays a non-trivial system-size dependence that constitutes one of the distinguishing features of the yielding transition. Details of this dependence are not yet fully understood. We address t...

The strain load $\Delta\gamma$ that triggers consecutive avalanches is a key observable in the slow deformation of amorphous solids. Its temporally averaged value $\langle \Delta\gamma \rangle$ displays a non-trivial system-size dependence that constitutes one of the distinguishing features of the yielding transition. Details of this dependence are...

The thermally activated creep motion of an elastic interface weakly driven on a disordered landscape is one of the best examples of glassy universal dynamics. Its understanding has evolved over the last 30 years thanks to a fruitful interplay between elegant scaling arguments, sophisticated analytical calculations, efficient optimization algorithms...

We consider a model of an elastic manifold driven on a disordered energy landscape, with generalized long range elasticity. Varying the form of the elastic kernel by progressively allowing for the existence of zero modes, the model interpolates smoothly between mean-field depinning and finite dimensional yielding. We find that the critical exponent...

We analyze the behavior of different elastoplastic models approaching the yielding transition. We propose two kind of rules for the local yielding events: yielding occurs above the local threshold either at a constant rate or with a rate that increases as the square root of the stress excess. We establish a family of “static” universal critical exp...

We consider a model of an elastic manifold driven on a disordered energy landscape, with generalized long range elasticity. Varying the form of the elastic kernel by progressively allowing for the existence of zero-modes, the model interpolates smoothly between mean field depinning and finite dimensional yielding. We find that the critical exponent...

We consider a model of an elastic manifold driven on a disordered energy landscape, with generalized long range elasticity. Varying the form of the elastic kernel by progressively allowing for the existence of zero-modes, the model interpolates smoothly between mean field depinning and finite dimensional yielding. We find that the critical exponent...

We analyze the behavior or different elastoplastic models approaching the yielding transition. We establish a family of static universal critical exponents which do not seem to depend on the dynamic details of the model rules. On the other hand, we discuss that dynamical exponents are indeed sensitive to these details. We exemplify and discuss this...

We analyze the behavior or different elastoplastic models approaching the yielding transition. We establish a family of static universal critical exponents which do not seem to depend on the dynamic details of the model rules. On the other hand, we discuss that dynamical exponents are indeed sensitive to these details. We exemplify and discuss this...

The deformation and flow of disordered solids, such as metallic glasses and concentrated emulsions, involves swift localized rearrangements of particles that induce a long-range deformation field. To describe these heterogeneous processes, elastoplastic models handle the material as a collection of “mesoscopic” blocks alternating between an elastic...

Yield stress fluids display complex dynamics, in particular when driven into the transient regime between the solid and the flowing state. Inspired by creep experiments on dense amorphous materials, we implement mesocale elasto-plastic descriptions to analyze such transient dynamics in athermal systems. Both our mean-field and space-dependent appro...

Yield stress fluids display complex dynamics, in particular when driven into the transient regime between the solid and the flowing state. Inspired by creep experiments on dense amorphous materials, we implement mesocale elasto-plastic descriptions to analyze such transient dynamics in athermal systems. Both our mean-field and space-dependent appro...

The deformation and flow of disordered solids, such as metallic glasses and concentrated emulsions, involves swift localized rearrangements of particles that induce a long-range deformation field. To describe these heterogeneous processes, elastoplastic models handle the material as a collection of 'mesoscopic' blocks alternating between an elastic...

Magnetic domain wall motion is at the heart of new magneto-electronic technologies and hence the need for a deeper understanding of domain wall dynamics in magnetic systems. In this context, numerical simulations using simple models can capture the main ingredients responsible for the complex observed domain wall behavior. We present a scalar-field...

By means of a finite elements technique we solve numerically the dynamics of an amorphous solid under deformation in the quasistatic driving limit. We study the noise statistics of the stress-strain signal in the steady state plastic flow, focusing on systems with low internal dissipation. We analyze the distributions of avalanche sizes and duratio...

PhD Thesis (in Spanish, Feb 2011)
We analyze the bidimensional $q$-state Potts model, a paradigmatic model in the study of Statistical Mechanics of Critical Phenomena and Phase Transitions,
which presents first ($q>4$) and second order ($q \leq 4$) temperature driven
magnetic phase transitions and has shown a very rich dynamic phenomenology.
We...

We obtain, using semi-analytical transfer operator techniques, the Edwards
thermodynamics of a one-dimensional model of blocks connected by harmonic
springs and subjected to dry friction. The theory is able to reproduce the
linear divergence of the correlation length as a function of energy density
observed in direct numerical simulations of the mo...

We study the stress time series caused by plastic avalanches in athermally
sheared disordered materials. Using extensive simulations of a bidisperse
Lennard-Jones system and a corresponding mesoscopic elasto-plastic model, we
find that critical exponents differ from mean-field predictions, that we only
approach further away from the critical point...

We study consequences of long-range elasticity in thermally assisted dynamics
of yield stress materials. Within a 2d mesoscopic model we calculate the
mean-square displacement and the dynamical structure factor for tracer particle
trajectories. The ballistic regime at short time scales is associated with a
compressed exponential decay in the dynami...

DOI:https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevE.87.069901

We discuss the universal dynamics of elastic interfaces in quenched random media. We focus on the relation between the rough geometry and collective transport properties in driven steady-states. Specially devised numerical algorithms allow us to analyze the equilibrium, creep, and depinning regimes of motion in minimal models. The relevance of our...

We study the non-steady relaxation of a driven one-dimensional elastic
interface at the depinning transition by extensive numerical simulations
concurrently implemented on graphics processing units (GPUs). We compute the
time-dependent velocity and roughness as the interface relaxes from a flat
initial configuration at the thermodynamic random-mani...

We investigate slow nonequilibrium dynamical processes in a two-dimensional q-state Potts model with both ferromagnetic and ±J couplings. Dynamical properties are characterized by means of the mean-flipping time distribution. This quantity is known for clearly unveiling dynamical heterogeneities. Using a two-times protocol we characterize the diffe...

We implemented a GPU based parallel code to perform Monte Carlo simulations
of the two dimensional q-state Potts model. The algorithm is based on a
checkerboard update scheme and assigns independent random numbers generators to
each thread. The implementation allows to simulate systems up to ~10^9 spins
with an average time per spin flip of 0.147ns...

We study the short-time dynamics of a mean-field model with non-conserved order parameter (Curie-Weiss with Glauber dynamics) by solving the associated Fokker-Planck equation. We obtain closed-form expressions for the first moments of the order parameter, near to both the critical and spinodal points, starting from different initial conditions. Thi...

Diseñadas y desarrolladas para la industria de los video juegos, las placas de video o GPUs (por Graphics Processing Units), poseen un poder de cálculo que en la actualidad excede olgadamente al de una CPU. Esta capacidad resulta de la relativa simplicidad de la arquitectura de la GPU, comparada con la CPU, combinada por un gran número de unidades...

We studied the nonequilibrium dynamics of the q-state Potts model in the square lattice, after a quench to subcritical temperatures. By means of a continuous time Monte Carlo algorithm (nonconserved order parameter dynamics) we analyzed the long term behavior of the energy and relaxation time for a wide range of quench temperatures and system sizes...

When the two dimensional q-color Potts model in the square lattice is quenched at zero temperature with Glauber dynamics,
the energy decreases in time following an Allen-Cahn power law, and the system converges to a phase with energy higher than
the ground state energy after an arbitrary large time when q>4. At low but finite temperature, it cesses...