Depinning and creep motion in glass States of flux lines

Phys Rev Lett. 2007 Jun 29;98(26):267002. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.98.267002. Epub 2007 Jun 26.


Using dynamical computer simulation, we investigate vortex matter in glass states. A genuine continuous depinning transition is observed at zero temperature, which also governs the low-temperature creep motion. With the notion of scaling, we evaluate in high accuracy critical exponents and scaling functions; we observe a non-Arrhenius creep motion for weak collective pinning where the Bragg glass is stabilized at equilibrium, while for strong pinning, the well-known Arrhenius law is recovered. In both cases, a sharp crossover takes place between depinning and creep at low temperatures.