Reexamination of critical dynamic scaling in spin glasses

S. Geschwind, D. A. Huse, G. E. Devlin

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The frequently used scaling form for χ](ω), the imaginary part of the ac susceptibility, is χ](ω)T=ω β/zνf(ω/tzν), where t≡(T-T c)/Tc. Comparison of data to this form has generally been done using a 3-parameter visual fit on a log-log plot, which often conceals good departures from scaling. By recasting the argument of the scaling function to t/ω1/zν, one can use a linear scaling plot of χ]T/ωβ/zν vs t/ω1/zν, which more nearly resembles χ](ω) vs T for a more revealing display of departures from good scaling. This procedure suggests a new method to determine β/zν,zν, and Tc separately and independently of each other. Application is made to Cd0.6Mn0.4Te and other spin glasses. A method as also presented for determining Tc and distinguishing between activated versus conventional dynamics by considering (χeq-χ')/χ] vs T. Reexamination of previous work reveals a general tendency to underestimate zν and overestimate Tc.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5249-5251
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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