Europhys. Lett.
Volume 71, Number 5, September 2005
Page(s) 797 - 803
Section Condensed matter: electronic structure, electrical, magnetic, and optical properties
Published online 03 August 2005
Europhys. Lett., 71 (5), pp. 797-803 (2005)
DOI: 10.1209/epl/i2005-10158-3

Two early-stage inverse power law dynamics in nonlinear complex systems far from equilibrium

S. Bhattacharya and A. K. Sen

TCMP Division, Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics 1/AF Bidhan Nagar, Kolkata 700 064, India

received 2 May 2005; accepted in final form 6 July 2005
published online 3 August 2005

We consider the dynamics of the charge carriers in a tunneling-enhanced percolation network, named as a Random Resistor cum Tunneling-bond Network (RRTN), where we allow tunneling in the gap between two randomly thrown nearest-neighbour metallic bonds only. Our earlier studies involve the dc and ac nonlinear response, the percolative aspects, dielectric breakdown, the finite-temperature variable-range hopping conductivity, etc. in the RRTN. Here we study the non-equilibrium dynamics of the carriers. With two far-from-equilibrium, initial inverse power law relaxations extending over several decades, the dynamics has a lot of similarities with many avalanche-like, run-away phenomena occurring in a wide variety of naturally occuring driven, disordered systems with statistically correlated randomness. In this regime, the RRTN violates the Boltzmann's (or, Debye) relaxation time approximation strongly. Beyond this regime, the response decays exponentially fast (acquires a time-scale) to a steady state.

71.55.Jv - Disordered structures; amorphous and glassy solids.
89.75.-k - Complex systems.
89.75.Hc - Networks and genealogical trees.

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