Universality from disorder in the random-bond Blume-Capel model

N. G. Fytas, J. Zierenberg, P. E. Theodorakis, M. Weigel, W. Janke, A. Malakis

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Using high-precision Monte Carlo simulations and finite-size scaling we study the effect of quenched disorder in the exchange couplings on the Blume-Capel model on the square lattice. The first-order transition for large crystal-field coupling is softened to become continuous, with a divergent correlation length. An analysis of the scaling of the correlation length as well as the susceptibility and specific heat reveals that it belongs to the universality class of the Ising model with additional logarithmic corrections observed for the Ising model itself if coupled to weak disorder. While the leading scaling behavior in the disordered system is therefore identical between the second-order and first-order segments of the phase diagram of the pure model, the finite-size scaling in the ex-first-order regime is affected by strong transient effects with a crossover length scale $L^{\ast} \approx 32$ for the chosen parameters.
Original languageEnglish
Article number040102
Number of pages6
JournalPhysical review E: Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 13 Apr 2018

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6 pages, 4 figures, version to be published in Phys. Rev. E as a Rapid Communication


  • cond-mat. dis-nn


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