Questions tagged [critical-phenomena]

The physics of critical phenomena is the physics of systems close to a critical point, like the critical temperature in a ferromagnetic transition or the critical point of a gas-liquid transition. Examples of critical phenomena include dynamical slowing down, divergence of correlation length and ergodicity breaking.

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What is the anomalous dimension for two-dimensional multi-component spin systems?

My question is: What is the (predicted) anomalous dimension $\eta$ for the two-dimensional $n$-vector model (or $O(n)$ model)? Note: I am not looking for a derivation of $\eta$. A simple reference to ...
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Beyond the Ginzburg-Landau-Wilson theory/renormalization group

In the famous seminal paper by K G Wilson and J Kogut in Physics Reports (Aug 1974) on The renormalization group and the ε expansion, they achieve a pinnacle of uniting the Ginzburg-Landau theory and ...
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State of the art results for locating critical points in 2D classical vertex models or 1D quantum spin chains

I'm looking for benchmarks for my own method, but I could not find an answer so easily. I've found so far: $\beta = 0.4407 \pm 0.0001$ for the 2D Ising model on a square lattice by Ghaemi, M., G. A. ...
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Landau and Mean Field Theory

I have often heard that the Landau theory of phase transitions is a mean field theory. Why is this so? What is the connection between the two ideas? One stresses symmetry breaking and one averages the ...
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Failure of Hertz-Millis-Moriya theory for quantum phenomena

In the quantum critical phenomena of condensed matter, the earlier work by Hertz, Moriya and Millis develope the the Hertz-Millis-Moriya (HMM) theory of quantum phase transition. Naively, they ...
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Phase diagram of the Z_N-invariant clock model

A well-known 1985 paper by Fateev and Zamolodchikov "Nonlocal (parafermion) currents in two-dimensional conformal quantum field theory and self-dual critical points in Z_N-symmetric statistical ...
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Why do spin correlation functions in Ising Models decay exponentially below the critical temperature?

I'm trying to form a better understanding of the 2D Ising Model, in particular the behaviour of the correlation functions between spins of distance $r$. I've found a number of explanatory texts that ...
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Defining renormalization factor

In textbooks it's stated that one should renormalize the field strengths in addition to coarse graining and rescaling by a factor of for example $z$. For a scalar $\phi^4$ theory they choose $z$ to be ...
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In renormalization group, What is the fixed point “control”?

I understand we have a fixed point in the couplings ("K") space (or in the scaling variable space). Then, there is a critical surface, which is attracted to it. This is a part of a system with some ...
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Substance below Critical Temperature but above Critial Pressure

I know that above the critical temperature and pressure, at the boundary between the liquid and gas phase disappears. But does this also hold when temperature is below critical temperature but ...
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Why correlation length diverges at critical point?

I want to ask about the behavior near critical point. Let me take an example of ferromagnet. At $T < T_c$, all spins are aligned to the same direction thus it is in the ordered state, scale ...
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Bose-Einstein Condensation at higher critical temperature

The critical temperature $T_{c}$ of a Bose-Einstein Condensate is directly proportional to $n^\frac{2}{3}$, where $n$ is the density of the system which is to be condensed. The current $T_{c}$ for ...
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The relation between critical surface and the (renormalization) fixed point

In the book, I read some remarks about the criticality: Iterations of the renormalization (group) map generate a sequence of points in the space of couplings, which we call a renormalization group ...
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Fluids with critical point at ordinary temperature and pressure

Are there any fluids with critical point near STP or that are supercritical at STP? If not would it be feasible to design a molecule for a substance with critical point near STP using theoretical/...
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Is a system of free spinless fermions always critical?

Consider a system of free spinless fermions, whose Hamiltonian can be written as $$ H = \sum_{i,j}h_{ij}a_i^\dagger a_j-\lambda\sum_i a^\dagger_i a_i $$ with $h_{ij}=h_{ji}^*$ scalars and $a_i^\dagger$...
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Applicability of Cardy's “doubling trick” to the 2D Ising Model

In Section 11.2.2 of the book on Conformal Field Theory by di Francesco, Mathieu, and Senechal (page 417), the two point function on the Upper Half Plane is written as being equal to the four point ...
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why when a circular superconductor cooled has magnetic filed?

i see in videos youtube that when a circular cooled about 200 kelvin it has some magnetic field around it,i think this Meissner effect is called , my question is how QM describe it??it is really ...
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Understanding this metaphor involving e-mails, chaos and phase transitions [closed]

I asked this question on the English Stack Exchange and people advised to try get the answer here. I can’t get the idea of metaphor in the last sentence of the following quote: Instead, email ...
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Nature of phase transitions in Kitaev honeycomb model

Short version of my question is this : what is the nature of the phase transition in the Kitaev honeycomb model ? Longer version: Kitaev honeycomb model undergoes a phase transition from a gapped to ...
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Can the terms in the microscopic model with nonzero conformal spin generate some new term(s) under RG (renormalization group) flow?

As in the book Bosonization and Strongly Correlated Systems at page 66, it says that "We see that the original perturbation with nonzero conformal spin generates the perturbation with zero conformal ...
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AdS/CFT and Kondo problem/ Ginzburg-Landau theory

I was reading the review on Unconventional superconductivity by Mike Norman, towards the end (page 22) he comments two things about AdS/CMT: "In the condensed matter context in two dimensions, one ...
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Why are there large fluctuations at the critical point and why does Landau theory work despite such large fluctuations?

The question is about the critical point in a second-order phase transition: Why do fluctuations become so large at the critical point? As I understand, Landau’s theory of phase transition is some ...
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Pink noise in low-dimensional systems

Pink noise (1/f) is often cited as a signature of complex or critical systems. Is it possible for a low-dimensional time-independent first-order system to generate pink noise? Intuitively it seems ...
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Criticality in BCS Theory

Can someone provide me with a pedagogical introduction into the role of criticality in BCS theory? The QCD condensate is due to strong coupling. The BCS condensation involves only weak coupling - ...
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Criticality and the number of paths on a lattice

In the review "Scaling, universality, and renormalization: Three pillars of modern critical phenomena" by Stanley, he makes the following claim towards the end of the paper, which is neither derived ...
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Critical temperature and lattice size with the Wolff algorithm for 2d Ising model

When I run my implementation of the Wolff algorithm on the square Ising model at the theoretical critical temperature I get subcritical behaviour. The lattice primarily just oscillates between mostly ...
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Does wax go through a sharp phase transition when it melts?

When ice melts, the system goes sharply from being solid to being liquid. There is no intermediate state where it is soft. This is a true phase transition. The thermodynamic potential is not an ...
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What is the length dimension in critical phenomena?

In this question it is said that: The best way to numerically work with continuous phase transitions is to study observables that have a vanishing length dimension (or mass dimension in the ...
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How to interpret a null critical exponent?

In the 2D Ising model the value for $\alpha$ is $0$, but I fail to see how we can have this if the specific heat of the system actually has a divergence in the critical temperature. I've seen this ...
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What is the state of water at exactly 0°C?

Theoretically speaking, what is the state of water at bang on 0°C - not any lower or higher? Any lower would make it a solid whereas any higher would make it a liquid. But what about bang on 0°C? ...
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Good layman definition of the critical point(phases) and supercriticality

I've heard of this point among others, but never really got what it meant. Wikipedia makes one's head spin. The only thing I picked up is that it occurs between liquid and gas, and displays ...
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Is the Landau Free Energy U-TS or βH?

I'm having a hard time figuring out the physical meaning of the Landau Free Energy density: $$f(\phi,\nabla\phi,T) = \frac{1}{2}|\nabla\phi |^2 + \frac{a(T-T_c)}{2}|\phi |^2 + \frac{b}{4}|\phi |^4$$ ...
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How to measure the spin-spin correlation in a Monte Carlo simulation of the Ising model?

I'm simulating the Ising Model in 2D up to 5D and I want to calculate the spin-spin correlation, correlation length, and critical exponent of the system. What is a good way to go about doing this? ...
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Ising model Monte Carlo simulations in 4D and 5D

I'm going to be simulating the Ising Model in 4D and above to calculate spin-spin correlations and critical exponents and am wondering how to tackle this algorithmically. For example, in 1D, use an ...
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Books/resources for statistical field theory

I was wondering if anyone knows good, approachable textbook or other resources about statistical field theory (topics like in Kardar's Statistical physics of fields: lattice models, mean field theory, ...
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Example of critical (non-relativistic) quantum field theory in 1D?

Is there an example of a critical non-relativistic bosonic quantum field theory in 1D (no time)? So, the field theory can be describe by annihilation, $\psi(x)$, and creation operators, $\psi^\dagger(...
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Conversion of results between cutoff regularization and dimensional regularization

Generally it would be expected that a renormalizable/physical quantum field theory (QFT) would be regularization independent. For this I would first fix my regularization scheme and then compute stuff....
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What is the central charge of the disordered $q$-state Potts model, for large $q$?

The central charge of a model, is, heuristically related to the number of microscopic degrees of freedom. Is there a simple argument for the asymptotic behavior of the central charge for the ...
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References or resource recommendation for the mathematics concerning fission

I am working on a statistical problem that appears similar (in some respects...) to nuclear fission. I am interested in the properties of a system undergoing fission around, or near, delayed ...
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How close to the critical point is sufficient close for measuring critical exponents?

I am learning Monte Carlo and just manage to simulate a phase transition by computing the heat capacity or the susceptibility. I wish I can also compute critical exponents.To this purpose, I have read ...
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Examples of important known universality classes besides Ising

I am working with RG and have a pretty good idea of how it works. However I have noticed that even though the idea of universality class is very general and makes it possible to classify critical ...
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Is the stability matrix of a linearised RG flow always diagonalisable?

This is a follow up on "Why are the eigenvalues of a linearized RG transformation real?". My question is simple: Is there some physical (or mathematical) reason for the stability matrix of ...
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Why are the eigenvalues of a linearized RG transformation real?

The RG transformation $R_\ell$ maps a set of coupling constants $[K]$ of a model Hamiltonian to a new set of coupling constants $[K']=R_\ell[K]$ of a coarse-grained model where the length scale is ...
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Is there any model in statistical physics which has the ratio of specific heat exponent to correlation length exponent, $\alpha/\nu \approx 2.44$?

I am simulating a disordered ising-like model in 2d whose phase transition is expected to be continuous, whose universality class is as yet unknown. By plotting the Specific heat scaling function, i.e....
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What's the critical temperature of the XY model on a triangular lattice

I've been looking deeply into many bibliographic references without finding the answer. I would be interested in knowing the numerical value of the critical 2d XY spin model on triangular lattice. ...
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Critical temperature difference between Ising and XY model

The following formula gives the critical coupling (more precisely the ratio of the spin-spin coupling over the temperature) for $O(n)$ models on a triangular lattice: $$\text{e}^{-2K}=\frac{1}{\sqrt{...
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Nontrivial critical exponents in exactly solvable models?

Are there any exactly solvable models in statistical mechanics that are known to have critical exponents different from those in mean-field theory, apart from the two-dimensional Ising model? I wonder ...
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Neel order and O(3) model

The coarse grained fluctuations of the Neel order parameter in the half integer spin anti-ferromagnetic Heisenberg model is described by the O(3) non-linear sigma model with a strange berry phase term....
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Formula for critical mass? Critical mass of polonium?

I'm looking for the critical mass of Polonium; is there a formula? E.g.:$$\text{Neutrons / Protons}\cdot\text{ Constant = X kg}$$ There is a little table in the Wikipedia. E.g.: $\begin{array}{ccccr}...
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Is there a spin glass version of Prince Rupert's Drop?

Spin Glasses are known to converge to their ground state under Simulated Annealing. The word choice is especially interesting since annealing is also the name of a process performed on actual glass. ...