Shattering versus metastability in spin glasses

Gérard Ben Arous, Aukosh Jagannath

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Our goal in this work is to better understand the relationship between replica symmetry breaking, shattering, and metastability. To this end, we study the static and dynamic behaviour of spherical pure p-spin glasses above the replica symmetry breaking temperature (Formula presented.). In this regime, we find that there are at least two distinct temperatures related to non-trivial behaviour. First we prove that there is a regime of temperatures in which the spherical p-spin model exhibits a shattering phase. Our results holds in a regime above but near (Formula presented.). We then find that metastable states exist up to an even higher temperature (Formula presented.) as predicted by Barrat–Burioni–Mézard which is expected to be higher than the phase boundary for the shattering phase (Formula presented.). We develop this work by first developing a Thouless–Anderson–Palmer decomposition which builds on the work of Subag. We then present a series of questions and conjectures regarding the sharp phase boundaries for shattering and slow mixing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)139-176
Number of pages38
JournalCommunications on Pure and Applied Mathematics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2024

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics


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