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Research Article

Yielding and Irreversible Deformation below the Microscale: Surface Effects and Non-Mean-Field Plastic Avalanches

  • Paolo Moretti mail,

    paolo.moretti@upc.edu

    Affiliations: Departament de Física Fonamental, Facultat de Física, Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, Departament de Física i Enginyeria Nuclear, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain

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  • Benedetta Cerruti,

    Affiliations: Departament de Física Fonamental, Facultat de Física, Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, Institute for Cancer Research and Treatment, Candiolo, Turin, Italy

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  • M.-Carmen Miguel

    Affiliation: Departament de Física Fonamental, Facultat de Física, Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

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  • Published: June 07, 2011
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0020418

About the Authors

Paolo Moretti, Benedetta Cerruti, M.-Carmen Miguel
Departament de Física Fonamental, Facultat de Física, Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
Paolo Moretti
Departament de Física i Enginyeria Nuclear, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
Benedetta Cerruti
Institute for Cancer Research and Treatment, Candiolo, Turin, Italy

Corresponding Author

Email: paolo.moretti@upc.edu

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Analyzed the data: PM BC M-CM. Wrote the paper: PM M-CM. Conceived and designed the study: M-CM PM. Performed the simulations: BC M-CM. Performed the elasticity theory calculations: PM.