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  • We test the predictive power of first-order reversal curve (FORC) diagrams using simulations of random magnets. In particular, we compute a histogram of the switching fields of the underlying microscopic switching units along the major hysteresis loop, and compare to the corresponding FORC diagram. We find qualitative agreement between the switching-field histogram and the FORC diagram, yet differences are noticeable. We discuss possible sources for these differences and present results for frustrated systems where the discrepancies are more pronounced. © 2003 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

author list (cited authors)

  • Katzgraber, H. G., Friedman, G., & Zimányi, G. T.

citation count

  • 10

publication date

  • January 2004