The charge-density-wave (CDW) dielectric relaxation frequency, which has been found to decrease at low temperatures according to an Arrhenius behavior in (TaSe4)2I and K0.3MoO3, is identified with the ac-dc decoupling frequency previously seen in TaS3 and NbSe3. A simple model is proposed based upon normal carrier screening of the CDW polarization created near randomly distributed "strong-pinning" centers within the bulk crystal. Relaxation frequencies calculated in terms of this model agree precisely with experiment. A wide range of phenomena associated with the nature of the threshold field, coherent current oscillations, and high-frequency ac response appear to have natural explanations within this context.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Condensed Matter Physics