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Daniel L. Stein and Charles M. Newman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691147338

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691147338.001.0001

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Spin Glasses: General Features

Spin Glasses: General Features

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Spin Glasses and Complexity

Daniel L. Stein

Charles M. Newman

Princeton University Press

This chapter finally deals with the concept of spin glasses. The intention is not to provide anything approaching a thorough history of the subject. The field today is broad, with threads and subthreads extending in a multitude of different directions. Rather, the chapter focuses on a relatively narrow part of the overall subject. It discusses some of the history of their discovery, their basic properties and experimental phenomenology, and some of the mysteries surrounding them. It introduces some of the basic theoretical constructs that underlie much of the discussion in later chapters. Topics covered include dilute magnetic alloys and the Kondo effect, nonequilibrium and dynamical behavior, mechanisms underlying spin glass behavior, the Edwards–Anderson Hamiltonian, frustration, dimensionality and phase transitions, broken symmetry and the Edwards–Anderson Order Parameter, and energy landscapes and metastability.

Keywords:   spin glasses, magnetic alloys, Kondo effect, nonequilibrium, dynamical behavior, Edwards–Anderson Hamiltonian, dimensionality, phase transitions, broken symmetry

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