Recent studies have shown a number of surprising vortex dynamics phenomena which include: low frequency noise, slow voltage oscillations, history dependent dynamic response, memory of the direction, amplitude, and frequency of the previously applied current, suppression of the ac response by a small dc bias, and a strong frequency dependence. These phenomena are incompatible with the current understanding of bulk vortex dynamics. We propose a generic mechanism in terms of the competition between the injection of a disordered vortex phase through the surface barriers, and the annealing of this metastable disorder by the transport current. The model is confirmed by investigating the current distribution across 2H-NbSe2 crystals using arrays of Hall sensors.
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This work was supported by the Israel Science Foundation - Center of Excellence Program, by the German-Israeli Foundation GIF, and by NSF-DMR-9705389.