J. Phys. IV France
Volume 131, December 2005
Page(s) 163 - 166
Published online 18 January 2006
International Workshop on Electronic Crystals
S. Brazovskii, P. Monceau and N. Kirova
J. Phys. IV France 131 (2005) 163-166

DOI: 10.1051/jp4:2005131039

Zero field Wigner glass

R. Chitra1 and T. Giamarchi2

1  Laboratoire de Physique Théorique des Liquides, UMR 7600, Université de Pierre et Marie Curie, Jussieu, 75005 Paris, France
2  University of Geneva, 24 Quai Ernest Ansermet, 1211 Geneva, Switzerland

In two dimensions, electron-electron interactions can lead to a Wigner crystal phase, whose properties are quite different from that of a standard Fermi liquid. In the presence of disorder this crystal gets pinned and the competition between disorder and the elasticity of the crystal leads to glassy behavior. We compute the transport properties of such a system and show in particular how optical conductivity can be used as a probe of the existence of such a Wigner glass.

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