Wednesday, November 21, 2012

1211.4800 (Rachele Nerattini et al.)

Exploring the energy landscape of XY models    [PDF]

Rachele Nerattini, Michael Kastner, Dhagash Mehta, Lapo Casetti
We investigate the energy landscape of two- and three-dimensional XY models with nearest-neighbor interactions by analytically constructing several classes of stationary points of the Hamiltonian. These classes are analyzed, in particular with respect to possible signatures of the thermodynamic phase transitions of the models. We find that, even after explicitly breaking the global O(2) symmetry of the XY spins, an exponentially large class of stationary points are singular and occur in continuous one-parameter families. This property may complicate the use of theoretical tools developed for the investigation of phase transitions based on stationary points of the energy landscape, and we discuss strategies to avoid these difficulties.
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