Shear-induced melting of the 2-d electron crystal

L. Wilen, R. Giannetta

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We observe a drive dependent phase transition for the 2D electron crystal in a magnetic field. The critical field, Bcrit, depends upon pressingelectric field, temperature, and driveamplitude. BCrit→0 as we approach the thermodynamic Wigner transition temperature. The data is analyzed witha simple shearing model from which we infer a yield strength for the electron crystal.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2105-2106
Number of pages2
JournalJapanese Journal of Applied Physics
Issue numberS3-3
StatePublished - Jan 1987
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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