Nonlinear conduction of sliding electronic crystals: Charge and Spin Density Waves

S. Brazovskii 1, A. Larkin 2, 3

Journal de Physique IV Colloque 9 (1999) Pr10-77

A model of local metastable states due to the pinning induces plastic deformations allows to describe the nonlinear I-V curves in sliding density waves -DW. With increasing the DW velocity v, the metastable states of decreasing lifetimes ~1/v are accessed. The characteristic second threshold field is reached when configurations of shortest life time are accessed by the fast moving DW. Thus the DW works as a kind of a ``linear accelerator\'\' testing virtual states.

  • 1. Laboratoire de Physique Théorique et Modèles Statistiques (LPTMS),
    CNRS : UMR8626 – Université Paris XI - Paris Sud
  • 2. ITP,
    Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics
  • 3. William I. Fine Theoretical Physics Institute School of Physics and Astronomy,
    University of Minnesota-Crookston