Low-temperature behavior of two-dimensional Gaussian Ising spin glasses

Research paper by J. Houdayer, Alexander K. Hartmann

Indexed on: 02 Feb '04Published on: 02 Feb '04Published in: Physics - Disordered Systems and Neural Networks


We perform Monte Carlo simulations of large two-dimensional Gaussian Ising spin glasses down to very low temperatures $\beta=1/T=50$. Equilibration is ensured by using a cluster algorithm including Monte Carlo moves consisting of flipping fundamental excitations. We study the thermodynamic behavior using the Binder cumulant, the spin-glass susceptibility, the distribution of overlaps, the overlap with the ground state and the specific heat. We confirm that $T_c=0$. All results are compatible with an algebraic divergence of the correlation length with an exponent $\nu$. We find $-1/\nu=-0.295(30)$, which is compatible with the value for the domain-wall and droplet exponent $\theta\approx-0.29$ found previously in ground-state studies. Hence the thermodynamic behavior of this model seems to be governed by one single exponent.