The effects of bond randomness are studied for spin chains with excitation gaps in the pure case. Systems with enforced topological structure like the spin-1/2 chain with enforced dimerization and spin-1 chain in the Haldane gapped phase appear very stable against randomness. On the other hand, systems with spontaneously generated topological order like the spin-1/2 chain with spontaneous dimerization are found to be unstable even for weak randomness despite the gap.
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- Physics and Astronomy(all)