J. Phys. IV France
Volume 03, Numéro C2, Juillet 1993
International Workshop on Electronic Crystals
ECRYS - 93
Page(s) C2-343 - C2-348
International Workshop on Electronic Crystals
ECRYS - 93

J. Phys. IV France 03 (1993) C2-343-C2-348

DOI: 10.1051/jp4:1993269

Low-temperature divergence of the polarizability in charge density wave compounds

F. Ya. NAD'1, 2 and P. MONCEAU1

1  Centre de Recherches sur les Très Basses Températures, Laboratoire associé à l'Université Joseph Fourier, CNRS, BP. 166, 38042 Grenoble cedex 9, France
2  Institute of Radioengineering and Electronics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Mokhovaya 11, 103907 Moscow, Russia

We have found that the dielectric constant of the quasi one-dimensional conductors with a charge-density wave (CDW) shows a peak in the low temperature range. This peak can only be detected at frequencies below 100 kHz and its position is shifted at lower temperatures with decreasing frequencies. In the same temperature range the relaxation time grows drastically. These features are usually characteristic of a transition to a glassy-like state in systems with some disorder. We suggest a qualitative mode1 which describes the behavior of CDW near this transition. These results provide a direct experimental evidence that with decreasing temperature the CDW turns into a glassy-like state which consists of large enough domains frozen in the CDW electron crystal. This state is characterized b many metastable realizations, hoping conductivity, non-exponential relaxation of perturbations, very large relaxation time and aging effects, features which are indeed observed in experiments.

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