Ground State Structure of Spin Glasses

Matteo Palassini and A.P. Young

We investigate the ground state structure of Ising spin glasses in zero magnetic field by determining how the ground state changes in a fixed finite block far from the boundaries when the boundary conditions are changed. We find, both in two and three dimensions, that the probability of a change in the block ground state configuration tends to zero as the system size tends to infinity. This indicates a trivial ground state structure, as predicted by the droplet theory.

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