Aggregation and intermediate phases in dilute spin systems

L. Chayes, R. Kotecky, S. B. Shlosman

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We study a variety of dilute annealed lattice spin systems. For site diluted problems with many internal spin states, we uncover a new phase characterized by the occupation and vacancy of staggered sublattices. In cases where the uniform system has a low temperature phase, the staggered states represent an intermediate phase. Furthermore, in many of these cases, we show that (at least part of) the phase boundary separating the low-temperature and staggered phases is a line of phase coexistence-i.e. the transition is first order. We also study the phenomenon of aggregation (phase separation) in bond diluted models. Such transitions are known, trivially, to occur in the large-q Potts models. However, it turns out that phase separation is typical in bond diluted spin systems with many internal states. (In particular, a bond aggregation transition is not tied to a discontinuous transition in the uniform system.) Along the portions of the phase boundary where any of these phenomena occur, the prospects for a Fisher renormalization effect are deemed to be highly unlikely or are ruled out altogether.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)203-232
Number of pages30
JournalCommunications in Mathematical Physics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1995
Externally publishedYes


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