Metastability and glassy behavior of a driven flux-line lattice

W. Henderson, E. Y. Andrei, M. J. Higgins, S. Bhattacharya

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Strong metastability and history dependence are observed in dc and pulsed transport studies of flux-line lattices in2H-NbSe2, leading to the identification of two distinct states of the lattice with different spatial ordering. The metastability is most pronounced upon crossing a transition line marked by a large jump in the critical current (the peak effect). Current-induced annealing of the metastable state towards the stable state is observed with a strongly current dependent annealing time, which diverges as a threshold current is approached from above.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2077-2080
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1996

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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