Critical behavior of two-dimensional spin systems under the random-bond six-state clock model

Raymond P.H. Wu, Veng Cheong Lo, Haitao Huang

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Abstract

The critical behavior of the clock model in two-dimensional square lattice is studied numerically using Monte Carlo method with Wolff algorithm. The Kosterlitz-Thouless (KT) transition is observed in the six-state clock model, where an intermediate phase exists between the low-temperature ordered phase and the high-temperature disordered phase. The bond randomness is introduced to the system by assuming a Gaussian distribution for the coupling coefficients with the mean μ 1 and different values of variance, from σ20.1 to σ23.0. An abrupt jump in the helicity modulus at the transition, which is the key characteristic of the KT transition, is verified with a stability argument. The critical temperature T c for both pure and disordered systems is determined from the critical exponent η (Tc) = 1/4. The results showed that a small amount of disorder (small σ) reduces the critical temperature of the system, without altering the nature of transition. However, a larger amount of disorder changes the transition from the KT-type into that of non-KT-type.
Original languageEnglish
Article number063924
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Volume112
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Sep 2012

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