Nonlinear Conductivity and Noise due to Charge-Density-Wave Depinning in NbSe3

G. Grüner, A. Zawadowski, P. M. Chaikin

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    A simple model for the depinning and dynamics of a sliding charge-density wave is presented. The model consists of viscously damped motion in a periodic potential and accounts for the main features of the nonlinear conductivity, noise, and ac-dc coupling in the charge-density-wave state of NbSe3 at low temperature. Comparison with experimental data suggests that the depinning process is associated with the displacement of the charge-density wave by approximately one period λ.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)511-515
    Number of pages5
    JournalPhysical Review Letters
    Issue number7
    StatePublished - Jan 1 1981


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    • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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