Low temperature properties of random antiferromagnetic Heisenberg spin-1/2 systems with a wide distribution of exchange couplings are examined using a scaling technique. The method iteratively discards the irrelevant high energy excitations of strongly coupled clusters, while retaining the low lying states which are reproduced by an equivalent smaller cluster. The method is applied to n-doped semiconductors, a spatially random three dimensional system of spin-1/2 donors with Heisenberg exchange varying exponentially with separation. It shows how the system does not order down to temperatures well below the median nearest neighbor exchange. Comparison is made with the corresponding system in two dimensions and the one-dimensional random antiferromagnetic chain (applicable to certain organic charge transfer salts), as well as with the case of Ising spins in three dimensions.
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- Physics and Astronomy(all)