Zero-temperature dynamics of ± J spin glasses and related models

A. Gandolfi, C. M. Newman, D. L. Stein

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We study zero-temperature, stochastic Ising models σt on Zd with (disor-dered) nearest-neighbor couplings independently chosen from a distribution μ on R and an initial spin configuration chosen uniformly at random. Given d, call μ type I (resp., type F) if, for every x in Zd, σ1x flips infinitely (resp., only finitely) many times as t → ∞ (with probability one) - or else mixed type M. Models of type I and M exhibit a zero-temperature version of "local non-equilibration". For d = 1, all types occur and the type of any μ is easy to determine. The main result of this paper is a proof that for d = 2, ±J models (where μ = αδj + (1 - α)δ-j) are type M, unlike homogeneous models (type I) or continuous (finite mean) μ's (type F). We also prove that all other noncontinuous disordered systems are type M for any d ≥ 2. The ±J proof is noteworthy in that it is much less "local" than the other (simpler) proof. Homogeneous and ±J models for d ≥ 3 remain an open problem.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)373-387
Number of pages15
JournalCommunications In Mathematical Physics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Nov 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Mathematical Physics


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