Marginal dimensions of the Potts model with invisible states

M. Krasnytska, Petro Sarkanych, B. Berche, Y. Holovatch, Ralph Kenna

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We reconsider the mean-field Potts model with q interacting and r non-interacting (invisible) states. The model was recently introduced to explain discrepancies between theoretical predictions and experimental observations of phase transitions in some systems where the Z q -symmetry is spontaneously broken. We analyse the marginal dimensions of the model, i.e., the value of r at which the order of the phase transition changes. In the q = 2 case, we determine that value to be ${r}_{{\rm{c}}}=3.65(5);$ there is a second-order phase transition there when $r\lt {r}_{{\rm{c}}}$ and a first-order one at $r\gt {r}_{{\rm{c}}}$. We also analyse the region $1\leqslant q\lt 2$ and show that the change from second to first order there is manifest through a new mechanism involving two marginal values of r. The q = 1 limit gives bond percolation. Above the lower value r c1, the order parameters exhibit discontinuities at temperature $\tilde{t}$ below a critical value t c. The larger value r c2 marks the point at which the phase transition at t c changes from second to first order. Thus, for ${r}_{{\rm{c}}1}\lt r\lt {r}_{{\rm{c}}2}$, the transition at t c remains second order while at $\tilde{t}$ the system undergoes a first order phase transition. As r increases further, $\tilde{t}$ increases, bringing the discontinuity closer to t c. Finally, when r exceeds r c2 $\tilde{t}$ coincides with t c and the phase transition becomes first order. This new mechanism indicates how the discontinuity characteristic of first order phase transitions emerges.

Original languageEnglish
Article number255001
JournalJournal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical
Volume49
Issue number25
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 12 May 2016

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Marginal dimensions of the Potts model with invisible states. / Krasnytska, M.; Sarkanych, Petro; Berche, B.; Holovatch, Y.; Kenna, Ralph.

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Krasnytska, M. ; Sarkanych, Petro ; Berche, B. ; Holovatch, Y. ; Kenna, Ralph. / Marginal dimensions of the Potts model with invisible states. In: Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical. 2016 ; Vol. 49, No. 25.
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