The Kosterlitz-Thouless Universality Class

Дата и время публикации : 1996-01-31T15:35:02Z

Авторы публикации и институты :
R. Kenna
A. C. Irving

Ссылка на журнал-издание: Nucl.Phys. B485 (1997) 583-612
Коментарии к cтатье: 36 pages (latex), plus 10 figures (postscript). This version to appear in Nuclear Physics B
Первичная категория: hep-lat

Все категории : hep-lat, cond-mat

Краткий обзор статьи: We examine the Kosterlitz-Thouless universality class and show that essential scaling at this type of phase transition is not self-consistent unless multiplicative logarithmic corrections are included. In the case of specific heat these logarithmic corrections are identified analytically. To identify those corresponding to the susceptibility we set up a numerical method involving the finite-size scaling of Lee-Yang zeroes. We also study the density of zeroes and introduce a new concept called index scaling. We apply the method to the XY-model and the closely related step model in two dimensions. The critical parameters (including logarithmic corrections) of the step model are compatable with those of the XY-model indicating that both models belong to the same universality class. This result then raises questions over how a vortex binding scenario can be the driving mechanism for the phase transition. Furthermore, the logarithmic corrections identified numerically by our methods of fitting are not in agreement with the renormalization group predictions of Kosterlitz and Thouless.

Category: Physics