Effect of interactions and disorder on the relaxation of two-level systems in amorphous solids

Ofek Asban, Ariel Amir, Yoseph Imry, Moshe Schechter

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Abstract

At low temperatures the dynamical degrees of freedom in amorphous solids are tunneling two-level systems (TLSs). Concentrating on these degrees of freedom, and taking into account disorder and TLS-TLS interactions, we obtain a "TLS glass," described by the random-field Ising model with random 1/r3 interactions. In this paper we perform a self-consistent mean-field calculation, previously used to study the electron-glass (EG) model [A. Amir, Phys. Rev. B 77, 165207 (2008)PRBMDO1098-012110.1103/PhysRevB.77.165207]. Similarly to the electron glass, we find a 1λ distribution of relaxation rates λ, leading to logarithmic slow relaxation. However, with increased interactions the EG model shows slower dynamics whereas the TLS-glass model shows faster dynamics. This suggests that given system-specific properties, glass dynamics can be slowed down or sped up by the interactions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number144207
JournalPhysical Review B
Volume95
Issue number14
DOIs
StatePublished - 20 Apr 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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