Zero-temperature dynamics of Ising spin systems following a deep quench: Results and open problems

C. M. Newman, D. L. Stein

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Abstract

We consider zero-temperature, stochastic Ising models σt with nearest-neighbor interactions and an initial spin configuration σ0 chosen from a symmetric Bernoulli distribution (corresponding physically to a deep quench). Whether σ exists, i.e., whether each spin flips only finitely many times as t→∞ (for almost every σ0 and realization of the dynamics), or if not, whether every spin - or only a fraction strictly less than one - flips infinitely often, depends on the nature of the couplings, the dimension, and the lattice type. We review results, examine open questions, and discuss related topics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)159-168
Number of pages10
JournalPhysica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications
Volume279
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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