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Title: Ergodicity properties of energy conserving single spin flip dynamics in the XY model
Authors: Dhar, Abhishek
Issue Date: Dec-1998
Publisher: Elsevier B. V.
Citation: Physica A, 1998, Vol.259, p119
Abstract: A single spin flip stochastic energy conserving dynamics for the XY model is considered. We study the ergodicity properties of the dynamics. It is shown that phase space trajectories densely fill the geometrically connected parts of the energy surface. We also show that while the dynamics is discrete and the phase point jumps around, it cannot make transitions between closed disconnected parts of the energy surface. Thus the number of distinct sectors depends on the number of geometrically disconnected parts of the energy surface. Information on the connectivity of the surfaces is obtained by studying the critical points of the energy function. We study in detail the case of two spins and find that the number of sectors can be either one or two, depending on the external fields and the energy. For a periodic lattice in d dimensions, we find regions in phase space where the dynamics is non-ergodic and obtain a lower bound on the number of disconnected sectors. We provide some numerical evidence which suggests that such regions might be of small measure so that the dynamics is effectively ergodic.
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ISSN: 0378-4371
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Copyright: 1998 Elsevier B.V.
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