Pinning of interfaces in random media

  • Nicolas Dirr

    University of Wales Cardiff, UK
  • Patrick W. Dondl

    Universität Freiburg, Germany
  • Michael Scheutzow

    Technische Universität Berlin, Germany


For a model for the propagation of a curvature sensitive interface in a time independent random medium, as well as for a linearized version which is commonly referred to as Quenched Edwards–Wilkinson equation, we prove existence of a stationary positive supersolution at non-vanishing applied load. This leads to the emergence of a hysteresis that does not vanish for slow loading, even though the local evolution law is viscous (in particular, the velocity of the interface in the model is linear in the driving force).

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Nicolas Dirr, Patrick W. Dondl, Michael Scheutzow, Pinning of interfaces in random media. Interfaces Free Bound. 13 (2011), no. 3, pp. 411–421

DOI 10.4171/IFB/265