Disorder Driven Roughening Transitions of Elastic Manifolds and Periodic Elastic Media

  title={Disorder Driven Roughening Transitions of Elastic Manifolds and Periodic Elastic Media},
  author={Thorsten Emig and Thomas Nattermann},
The simultaneous effect of both disorder and crystal-lattice pinning on the equilibrium behavior of oriented elastic objects is studied using scaling arguments and a functional renormalization group technique. Our analysis applies to elastic manifolds, e.g., interfaces, as well as to periodic elastic media, e.g., charge-density waves or flux-line lattices. The competition between both pinning mechanisms leads to a continuous, disorder driven roughening transition between a flat state where the… CONTINUE READING
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