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Critical behavior of two-dimensional fully frustrated XY systems

Hasenbusch, Martin and Pelissetto, Andrea and Vicari, Ettore (2006) Critical behavior of two-dimensional fully frustrated XY systems. Journal of physics: conference series . ISSN 1742-6596

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We study the phase diagram of the two-dimensional fully frustrated XY model (FFXY) and of two related models, a lattice discretization of the Landau-Ginzburg-Wilson Hamiltonian for the critical modes of the FFXY model, and a coupled Ising-XY model. We present Monte Carlo simulations on square lattices $L\times L$, $L\lesssim 10^3$. We show that the low-temperature phase of these models is controlled by the same line of Gaussian fixed points as in the standard XY model. We find that, if a model undergoes a unique transition by varying temperature, then the transition is of first order. In the opposite case we observe two very close transitions: a transition associated with the spin degrees of freedom and, as temperature increases, a transition where chiral modes become critical. If they are continuous, they belong to the Kosterlitz-Thouless and to the Ising universality class, respectively. Ising and Kosterlitz-Thouless behavior is observed only after a preasymptotic regime, which is universal to some extent. In the chiral case, the approach is nonmonotonic for most observables, and there is a wide region in which finite-size scaling is controlled by an effective exponent $\nu_{\rm eff} \approx 0.8$. This explains the result $\nu\approx 0.8$ of many previous studies using smaller lattices.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Imported from arXiv
Subjects: Area02 - Scienze fisiche > FIS/02 - Fisica teorica, modelli e metodi matematici
Divisions: Dipartimenti (until 2012) > DIPARTIMENTO DI FISICA " E. FERMI"
Depositing User: dott.ssa Sandra Faita
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2015 15:44
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2015 15:44
URI: http://eprints.adm.unipi.it/id/eprint/1805

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