Residual energies after slow cooling of disordered systems

David A. Huse, Daniel S. Fisher

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The residual energy, μ, left after cooling to zero temperature in a finite time is analyzed for various disordered systems, including spin-glasses and random-field magnets. We argue that the generic behavior for such frustrated systems is μ for large, with the exponent depending on the system. This result is dominated in some cases by a distribution of classical two-level systems with low excitation energies, and in other cases by large-scale nonequilibrium effects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2203-2206
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number17
StatePublished - Jan 1 1986
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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