Criticality of relaxation in dislocation systems

Péter Dusán Ispánovity, István Groma, Géza Györgyi, Péter Szabó, Wolfgang Hoffelner

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Relaxation processes of dislocation systems are studied by two-dimensional dynamical simulations. In order to capture generic features, three physically different scenarios were studied and power-law decays found for various physical quantities. Our main finding is that all these are the consequence of the underlying scaling property of the dislocation velocity distribution. Scaling is found to break down at some cutoff time increasing with system size. The absence of intrinsic relaxation time indicates that criticality is ubiquitous in all states studied. These features are reminiscent of glassy systems and can be attributed to the inherent quenched disorder in the position of the slip planes.

Original languageEnglish
Article number085506
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 16 2011

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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