TY - JOUR

T1 - Multiple states and thermodynamic limits in short-ranged Ising spin-glass models

AU - Newman, C. M.

AU - Stein, D. L.

PY - 1992

Y1 - 1992

N2 - We propose a test to distinguish, both numerically and theoretically, between the two competing pictures of short-ranged Ising spin glasses at low temperature: chaotic size dependence. Scaling theories in which at most two pure states (related by a global spin flip) occur require that finite-volume correlations (with, say, periodic boundary conditions) have a well-defined thermodynamic limit. We argue, however, that the picture based on the infinite-ranged Sherrington-Kirkpatrick model, with many noncongruent pure states, leads to a breakdown of the thermodynamic limit. The argument combines rigorous and heuristic elements; one of the fomer is a proof that in the infinite-ranged model itself, non-self-averaging implies chaotic size dependence. Numerical tests, based on chaotic size dependence, could provide a more sensitive measure than the usual overlap distribution P(q) in determining the number of pure states.

AB - We propose a test to distinguish, both numerically and theoretically, between the two competing pictures of short-ranged Ising spin glasses at low temperature: chaotic size dependence. Scaling theories in which at most two pure states (related by a global spin flip) occur require that finite-volume correlations (with, say, periodic boundary conditions) have a well-defined thermodynamic limit. We argue, however, that the picture based on the infinite-ranged Sherrington-Kirkpatrick model, with many noncongruent pure states, leads to a breakdown of the thermodynamic limit. The argument combines rigorous and heuristic elements; one of the fomer is a proof that in the infinite-ranged model itself, non-self-averaging implies chaotic size dependence. Numerical tests, based on chaotic size dependence, could provide a more sensitive measure than the usual overlap distribution P(q) in determining the number of pure states.

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U2 - 10.1103/PhysRevB.46.973

DO - 10.1103/PhysRevB.46.973

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:0001037763

SN - 0163-1829

VL - 46

SP - 973

EP - 982

JO - Physical Review B

JF - Physical Review B

IS - 2

ER -