Bistable configurations of the pinned charge density wave: Random-field-model dynamics observed in rearrangement prior to depinning

  • N. P. Ong
  • D. D. Duggan
  • C. B. Kalem
  • T. W. Jing
  • P. A. Lee
V. Hysteresis and Metastability
Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 217)


The pinned charge density wave (CDW) has two stable states A and B. Conversion between them occurs when the applied field changes sign. During conversion the resistance changes logarithmically with time. The total time for conversion varies with temperature (T) and field (E) as exp (const./ET), in striking agreement with theories worked out for Random-Field-Ising-Models. This enormous time variation (106 to 10−6 s) dominates all transient and ac responses of the pinned CDW. Experimental results supporting this picture are derived from measurements of the do resistance, pulsed transience experiments and rf ac impedance measurements.


Charge Density Wave Pristine State Striking Agreement Random Field Ising Model Electrical Hysteresis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. P. Ong
    • 1
  • D. D. Duggan
    • 1
  • C. B. Kalem
    • 1
  • T. W. Jing
    • 1
  • P. A. Lee
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos Angeles
  2. 2.Department of PhysicsMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridge

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