Structural rearrangements that govern flow in colloidal glasses

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The authors created a glass out of silica spheres <math>1.5 \mu m</math> radius spheres. The spheres were collected on a coverslip by centrifrugation at a packing faction of 0.61, which is higher than needed to created a glass and at a height of <math>42 \mu m</math>. A water-dimethylsulfoxide-fluorescein mixture was used to index match the spheres and then to contrast the spheres against the solvent. Then with the top stabilized, the coverslip at the bottom is sheared at rates about <math>10^{-5}s^{-1}</math>. The authors then recorded 3 Dimensional stacks usinb g