Electron glass dynamics

TYPECondensed Matter Seminar
Speaker:Ariel Amir
Location:Lidow Nathan Rosen (300)

Glassy systems are ubiquitous in nature. They are characterized by slow relaxations to equilibrium without a typical timescale, aging and memory effects. Understanding these is a long-standing problem in physics. We study the aging of the electron glass, a system showing remarkable slow relaxations of the conductance. We find that the broad distribution of relaxation rates leads to a universal relaxation of the form log(1+ tw/t) for the common aging protocol, where tw is the length of time the perturbation driving the system out-of-equilibrium was on, and t the time of measurement. These results agree well with several experiments performed on different glassy systems, and examining different physical observables, for times ranging from seconds to several hours. The suggested theoretical framework appears to offer a paradigm for aging in a broad class of glassy materials.