Defects, order, and hysteresis in driven charge-density waves

Mikko Karttunen, Mikko Haataja, K. R. Elder, Martin Grant

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We model driven two-dimensional charge-density waves in random media via a modified Swift-Hohenberg equation, which includes both amplitude and phase fluctuations of the condensate. As the driving force is increased, the defect density first increases and then decreases. Furthermore, we find switching phenomena, due to the formation of channels of dislocations. These results are in qualitative accord with recent dynamical x-ray scattering experiments by Ringland et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 82, 1923 (1999)] and transport experiments by Lemay et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 83, 2793 (1999)].

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3518-3521
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number17
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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