Fluctuation Bounds For Interface Free Energies in Spin Glasses

L. P. Arguin, C. M. Newman, D. L. Stein, J. Wehr

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We consider the free energy difference restricted to a finite volume for certain pairs of incongruent thermodynamic states (if they exist) in the Edwards-Anderson Ising spin glass at nonzero temperature. We prove that the variance of this quantity with respect to the couplings grows proportionally to the volume in any dimension greater than or equal to two. As an illustration of potential applications, we use this result to restrict the possible structure of Gibbs states in two dimensions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)221-238
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Statistical Physics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 2014


  • Edwards-Anderson model
  • Free energy
  • Spin glasses
  • Variance bounds

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Mathematical Physics


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