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Physics  2010 

Two models of spin glasses -- Ising versus Heisenberg

DOI: 10.1088/1742-6596/233/1/012012

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Brief review is given on recent numerical research of the ordering of two typical models of spin glasses (SGs), the three-dimensional (3D) Ising SG and the 3D Heisenberg SG models. Particular attention is paid to the questions of whether there is a thermodynamic transition in zero field, what are the associated critical properties, what is the nature of the ordered state, particularly of a possible replica-symmetry breaking, and whether there is a thermodynamic transition in applied fields. The properties of the two models are contrasted, and possible relation to experiments is discussed.


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