The critical behavior of pinned charge density waves (CDW's) is studied as the threshold for sliding is approached. Using the Fukuyama-Lee-Rice Hamiltonian with relaxational dynamics, the polarization and linear response are calculated numerically. ... On the irreversible approach to threshold, the response due to avalanches triggered by local instabilities dominates the polarizability, which diverges in one and two dimensions. Characteristic diverging length scales are studied using finite-size scaling of the sample-to-sample variations of the threshold field in finite systems and finite-size effects in the linear polarizability and the irreversible polarization. A dominant diverging correlation length is found which controls the threshold field distribution, finite-size effects in the irreversible polarization, and a cutoff size for the avalanche size distribution. Our results are compared with those for related models and questions are raised concerning the relationship of the static critical behavior below threshold to the dynamic critical behavior in the sliding state above threshold.
Middleton, Alan and Fisher, Daniel S., "Critical Behavior of Charge Density Waves Below Threshold: Numerical and Scaling Analysis" (1992). Physics. 207.
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