Glassy motion of elastic manifolds

Valerii M. Vinokur, M. Cristina Marchetti, Lee Wen Chen

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We discuss the low-temperature dynamics of an elastic manifold driven through a random medium. For driving forces well below the T = 0 depinning force, the medium advances via thermally activated hops over the energy barriers separating favorable metastable states. We show that the distribution of waiting times for these hopping processes scales as a power-law. This power-law distribution naturally yields a nonlinear glassy response for the driven medium, υexp(-const × F).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1845-1848
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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