Huge (but finite) time scales in slow relaxations: beyond simple aging.

Citation:

Amir A, Borini S, Oreg Y, Imry Y. Huge (but finite) time scales in slow relaxations: beyond simple aging. Phys Rev Lett. 2011;107 (18) :186407.

Date Published:

2011 Oct 28

Abstract:

Experiments performed in the last years demonstrated slow relaxations and aging in the conductance of a large variety of materials. Here, we present experimental and theoretical results for conductance relaxation and aging for the case-study example of porous silicon. The relaxations are experimentally observed even at room temperature over time scales of hours, and when a strong electric field is applied for a time tw, the ensuing relaxation depends on tw. We derive a theoretical curve and show that all experimental data collapse onto it with a single time scale as a fitting parameter. This time scale is found to be of the order of thousands of seconds at room temperature. The generic theory suggested is not fine-tuned to porous silicon, and thus we believe the results should be universal, and the presented method should be applicable for many other systems manifesting memory and other glassy effects.