We argue that the two-dimensional O(N)-invariant lattice σ-model with mixed isovector/isotensor action has a one-parameter family of nontrivial continuum limits, only one of which is the continuum σ-model constructed by conventional pertubation theory. We test the proposed scenario with a high-precision Monte Carlo simulation for N = 3, 4 on lattices up to 512 × 512, using a Wolff-type embedding algorithm. The finite-size-scaling data confirm the existence of the predicted new family of continuum limits. In particular, the RPN-1 and N-vector models do not lie in the same universality class.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics