The rounding of the charge-density-wave depinning transition by thermal noise is examined. Hops by localized modes over small barriers trigger avalanches, resulting in a creep velocity much larger than that expected from comparing thermal energies with typical barriers. For a field equal to the T=0 depinning field, the creep velocity is predicted to have a power-law dependence on the temperature T; numerical computations confirm this result. The predicted order of magnitude of the thermal rounding of the depinning transition is consistent with rounding seen in experiment.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Condensed Matter Physics