Mode locking and chaos in sliding charge-density-wave systems

IV. Charge Density Wave Transport
Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 217)


Sliding CDWs in ac electric fields may serve as model systems for the study of mode-locking phenomena and the transition to chaos in dissipative dynamical systems with competing frequencies. The mode-locking structure at the transition is expected to form a complete devil's staircase with fractal dimension D ≈ 0.87. Indeed, Brown, Mozurkewich and Gruner have observed a multitude of steps in the I–V characteristics of NbSe3 with an apparent fractal dimension D = 0.91 ± 0.03.


Fractal Dimension Critical Line Frequency Dependent Conductivity Arnold Tongue Universal Scaling Behavior 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Bak
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  1. 1.Department of PhysicsBrookhaven National LaboratoryUptonUSA

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