Electromechanical response of sliding charge-density-waves: Voltage-induced torsional strain in tantalum trisulfide

J. W. Brill, H. Zhang, J. Nichols

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We have measured the hysteretic voltage-induced torsional strain (VITS) in orthorhombic tantalum trisulfide as functions of voltage, temperature, and torque, which was applied by attaching a small magnetic rod to the center of the sample. We have found that the magnitude, speed, and even direction of the VITS hysteresis loops varied with the applied torque, suggesting that the VITS is a consequence of residual torsional strains in the sample interacting with hysteretic, voltage-induced changes of the charge-density-wave wave vector. The VITS response time is much longer than the time needed for the wave vector to change with response to either applied stress or applied voltage and varies inversely with the CDW current, suggesting that the VITS response requires motion of CDW defects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1737-1740
Number of pages4
JournalPhysica B: Condensed Matter
Issue number11
StatePublished - Jun 1 2012

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We thank V. Pokrovskii and D. Dominko for extremely valuable discussions and R. Thorne for providing samples. This research was supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation , Grants DMR-0800367 and EPS-0814194 .


  • Charge-density-wave
  • Depinning
  • Torsional strain

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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