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Title: Absorbing state phase transitions with quenched disorder
Authors: HOOYBERGHS, Jef 
Igloi, F.
VANDERZANDE, Carlo 
Issue Date: 2004
Publisher: AMERICAN PHYSICAL SOC
Source: Physical review: E: statistical, nonlinear, and soft matter physics, 69(6). p. 066140-...
Abstract: Quenched disorder-in the sense of the Harris criterion-is generally a relevant perturbation at an absorbing state phase transition point. Here using a strong disorder renormalization group framework and effective numerical methods we study the properties of random fixed points for systems in the directed percolation universality class. For strong enough disorder the critical behavior is found to be controlled by a strong disorder fixed point, which is isomorph with the fixed point of random quantum Ising systems. In this fixed point dynamical correlations are logarithmically slow and the static critical exponents are conjecturedly exact for one-dimensional systems. The renormalization group scenario is confronted with numerical results on the random contact process in one and two dimensions and satisfactory agreement is found. For weaker disorder the numerical results indicate static critical exponents which vary with the strength of disorder, whereas the dynamical correlations are compatible with two possible scenarios. Either they follow a power-law decay with a varying dynamical exponent, like in random quantum systems, or the dynamical correlations are logarithmically slow even for a weak disorder. For models in the parity conserving universality class there is no strong disorder fixed point according to our renormalization group analysis.
Document URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/5790
ISSN: 1063-651X
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.69.066140
ISI #: 000222502800052
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validations: ecoom 2005
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