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Ising critical exponents on random trees and graphs

Dommers, Sander; Giardinà, Cristian; van der Hofstad, Remco


Sander Dommers

Cristian Giardinà

Remco van der Hofstad


We study the critical behavior of the ferromagnetic Ising model on random trees as well as so-called locally tree-like random graphs. We pay special attention to trees and graphs with a power-law offspring or degree distribution whose tail behavior is characterized by its power-law exponent τ > 2. We show that the critical inverse temperature of the Ising model equals the hyperbolic arctangent of the reciprocal of the mean offspring or mean forward degree distribution. In particular, the critical inverse temperature equals zero when τ∈(2,3] where this mean equals infinity.

We further study the critical exponents δ, β and γ, describing how the (root) magnetization behaves close to criticality. We rigorously identify these critical exponents and show that they take the values as predicted by Dorogovstev et al. (Phys Rev E 66:016104, 2002) and Leone et al. (Eur Phys J B 28:191–197, 2002). These values depend on the power-law exponent τ, taking the same values as the mean-field Curie-Weiss model (Exactly solved models in statistical mechanics, Academic Press, London, 1982) for τ > 5, but different values for τ∈(3,5) .


Dommers, S., Giardinà, C., & van der Hofstad, R. (2014). Ising critical exponents on random trees and graphs. Communications in mathematical physics, 328(1), 355-395.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 20, 2013
Online Publication Date Mar 11, 2014
Publication Date 2014-05
Deposit Date Jun 29, 2018
Journal Communications in Mathematical Physics
Print ISSN 0010-3616
Electronic ISSN 1432-0916
Publisher Springer Verlag
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 328
Issue 1
Pages 355-395
Keywords Critical Temperature; Ising Model; Critical Exponent; Random Graph; Degree Distribution
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