Coarsening dynamics of the XY model

B. Yurke, A. N. Pargellis, T. Kovacs, D. A. Huse

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It is the conventional wisdom that the correlation length for the XY model with linear damping should asymptotically grow diffusively as the square root of time after a quench into the ordered phase. This implies that the defect density ρ should decay with time as ρt-ν with the scaling exponent ν=1. We present evidence, by numerically integrating the equations of motion for a two-dimensional XY model, for a logarithmic correction to this scaling which makes it difficult to reach the asymptotic regime ν=-d(lnρ)/d(lnt)=1. Even after the defect density has decayed by three orders of magnitude ν=0.91, which still deviates by 10% from the asymptotic value.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1525-1530
Number of pages6
JournalPhysical Review E
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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