Universal statistics of the critical depinning force of elastic systems in random media.

  title={Universal statistics of the critical depinning force of elastic systems in random media.},
  author={Carlos Bolech and Alberto Rosso},
  journal={Physical review letters},
  volume={93 12},
We study the rescaled probability distribution of the critical depinning force of an elastic system in a random medium. We put in evidence the underlying connection between the critical properties of the depinning transition and the extreme value statistics of correlated variables. The distribution is Gaussian for all periodic systems, while in the case of random manifolds there exists a family of universal functions ranging from the Gaussian to the Gumbel distribution. Both of these scenarios… 

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