Monte Carlo simulations of vector spin glasses at low temperatures Academic Article uri icon


  • In this paper I report results for simulations of the three-dimensional gauge glass and the four-dimensional XY spin glass using the parallel tempering Monte Carlo method at low temperatures for moderate sizes. The results are qualitatively consistent with earlier work on the three- and four-dimensional Edwards-Anderson Ising spin glass. I find evidence that large-scale excitations may cost only a finite amount of energy in the thermodynamic limit. The surface of these excitations is fractal, but I cannot rule out for the XY spin glass a scenario compatible with replica symmetry breaking where the surface of low-energy large-scale excitations is space filling. © 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

author list (cited authors)

  • Katzgraber, H. G.

citation count

  • 1

publication date

  • August 2002