A new comprehensive study of the 3D random-field Ising model via sampling the density of states in dominant energy subspaces
Department of Physics, Section of Solid State Physics, University of Athens, Panepistimiopolis, GR 15784 Zografos, Athens, Greece
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Revised: 18 November 2005
Published online: 8 February 2006
The three-dimensional bimodal random-field Ising model is studied via a new finite temperature numerical approach. The methods of Wang-Landau sampling and broad histogram are implemented in a unified algorithm by using the N-fold version of the Wang-Landau algorithm. The simulations are performed in dominant energy subspaces, determined by the recently developed critical minimum energy subspace technique. The random-fields are obtained from a bimodal distribution, that is we consider the discrete (±Δ) case and the model is studied on cubic lattices with sizes 4≤L ≤20. In order to extract information for the relevant probability distributions of the specific heat and susceptibility peaks, large samples of random-field realizations are generated. The general aspects of the model's scaling behavior are discussed and the process of averaging finite-size anomalies in random systems is re-examined under the prism of the lack of self-averaging of the specific heat and susceptibility of the model.
PACS: 05.70.Jk – Critical point phenomena / 64.60.Fr – Equilibrium properties near critical points, critical exponents / 75.10.Hk – Classical spin models / 75.50.Lk – Spin glasses and other random magnets
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