Energy transport in disordered classical spin chains

Vadim Oganesyan, Arijeet Pal, David A. Huse

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We present a numerical study of the diffusion of energy at high temperature in strongly disordered chains of interacting classical spins evolving deterministically. We find that quenched randomness strongly suppresses transport with the diffusion constant becoming reduced by several orders of magnitude upon the introduction of moderate disorder. We have also looked for but not found signs of a classical many-body localization transition at any nonzero strength of the spin-spin interactions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number115104
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number11
StatePublished - Sep 3 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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