Glassy timescale divergence and anomalous coarsening in a kinetically constrained spin chain

Peter Sollich, Martin R Evans

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Abstract

We analyse the out of equilibrium behavior of an Ising spin chain with an asymmetric kinetic constraint after a quench to a low temperature T. In the limit T\to 0, we provide an exact solution of the resulting coarsening process. The equilibration time exhibits a `glassy' divergence \teq=\exp(const/T^2) (popular as an alternative to the Vogel-Fulcher law), while the average domain length grows with a temperature dependent exponent, \dbar ~ t^{T\ln 2}. We show that the equilibration time \teq also sets the timescale for the linear response of the system at low temperatures.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume83
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 9 Apr 1999

Keywords

  • cond-mat.stat-mech

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