Abstract

Phase transitions in disordered systems can be smeared if rare spatial regions develop true static order while the bulk system is in the disordered phase. Here, we study the effects of spatial disorder correlations on such smeared phase transitions. The behaviors of observables are determined within optimal fluctuation theory. We show that even short-range correlations can qualitatively modify smeared phase transitions. For positive correlations (like impurity atoms attract each other), the order parameter is enhanced, while it is suppressed for repulsive correlations (like atoms repel each other). We use computer simulations to generate various types of disorder correlations, and to verify our theoretical predictions.

Meeting Name

17th Training Course in the Physics of Strongly Correlated Systems (2012: Oct. 1-12, Salerno, Italy)

Department(s)

Physics

Keywords and Phrases

optimal fluctuation theory; smeared phase transitions; spatial disorder correlations

International Standard Book Number (ISBN)

978-0-7354-1175-3

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

0094-243X

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

Document Version

Final Version

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 2013 American Institute of Physics (AIP), All rights reserved.

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Physics Commons

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