Self-averaging in the random 2D Ising ferromagnet

Victor Dotsenko, Yurij Holovatch, Maxym Dudka, Martin Weigel

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We study sample-to-sample fluctuations in a critical two-dimensional Ising model with quenched random ferromagnetic couplings. Using replica calculations in the renormalization group framework we derive explicit expressions for the probability distribution function of the critical internal energy and for the specific heat fluctuations. It is shown that the disorder distribution of internal energies is Gaussian, and the typical sample-to-sample fluctuations as well as the average value scale with the system size $L$ like $\sim L \ln\ln(L)$. In contrast, the specific heat is shown to be self-averaging with a distribution function that tends to a $\delta$-peak in the thermodynamic limit $L \to \infty$. While previously a lack of self-averaging was found for the free energy, we here obtain results for quantities that are directly measurable in simulations, and implications for measurements in the actual lattice system are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Article number032118
Number of pages12
JournalPhysical review. E
Publication statusPublished - 8 Mar 2017


  • cond-mat.stat-mech
  • cond-mat.dis-nn


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