Distribution of pure states in short-range spin glasses

C. M. Newman, D. L. Stein

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We review the structure of the spin glass phase in the infinite-range SherringtonKirkpatrick model and the short-range EdwardsAnderson (EA) model. While the former is now believed to be understood, the nature of the latter remains unresolved. However, considerable insight can be gained through the use of the metastate, a mathematical construct that provides a probability measure on the space of all thermodynamic states. Using tools provided by the metastate construct, possibilities for the nature of the organization of pure states in short-range spin glasses can be considerably narrowed. We review the concept of the "ordinary" metastate, and also newer ideas on the excitation metastate, which has been recently used to prove existence of only a single pair of ground states in the EA Ising model in the half-plane. We close by presenting a new result, using metastate methods, on the number of mixed states allowed in the EA model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2091-2106
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Modern Physics B
Issue number14
StatePublished - Jun 10 2010


  • EdwardsAnderson (EA) model
  • metastate
  • spin glasses

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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