The random anisotropy model revisited

28 Jul 2016  ·  Mouhanna D., Tarjus G. ·

We revisit the thermodynamic behavior of the random-anisotropy O($N$) model by investigating its large-$N$ limit. We focus on the system at zero temperature where the mean-field-like artifacts of the large-$N$ limit are less severe... We analyze the connection between the description in terms of self-consistent Schwinger-Dyson equations and the functional renormalization group. We provide a unified description of the phase diagram and critical behavior of the model and clarify the nature of the possible "glassy" phases. Finally we discuss the implications of our findings for the finite-$N$ and finite-temperature systems. read more

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Disordered Systems and Neural Networks