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The Ising magnetization exponent on \(\mathbb{Z }^2\) is \(1/15\)


We prove that for the Ising model defined on the plane \(\mathbb Z ^2\) at \(\beta \,{=}\,\beta _c,\) the average magnetization under an external magnetic field \(h>0\) behaves exactly like

$$\begin{aligned} \langle \sigma _0\rangle _{\beta _c, h} \asymp h^{\frac{1}{15}}. \end{aligned}$$

The proof, which is surprisingly simple compared to an analogous result for percolation [i.e. that \(\theta (p)=(p-p_c)^{5/36+o(1)}\) on the triangular lattice (Kesten in Commun Math Phys 109(1):109–156, 1987; Smirnov and Werner in Math Res Lett 8(5–6):729–744, 2001)] relies on the GHS inequality as well as the RSW theorem for FK percolation from Duminil-Copin et al. (Commun Pure Appl Math 64:1165–1198, 2011). The use of GHS to obtain inequalities involving critical exponents is not new; in this paper we show how it can be combined with RSW to obtain matching upper and lower bounds for the average magnetization.


The classical Ising model on a finite domain \(\Lambda _L:= [-L,L]^2 \subset \mathbb Z ^2\) with \(+\) boundary condition and with external field \(h\ge 0\) is a probability measure on \(\{-1,1\}^{\Lambda _L},\mathbb P ^{\beta ,h,+}_{L},\) defined as follows. For any spin configuration \(\sigma \in \{-1,1\}^{\Lambda _L},\) let

$$\begin{aligned} E_L(\sigma ):= -\sum _{x\sim y} \sigma _x \sigma _y - \sum _{x\in {\partial }\Lambda _L} \sigma _x \end{aligned}$$

be the interaction energy, where the first sum is over nearest neighbor pairs in \(\Lambda _L\) and the second is over sites in \(\partial \Lambda _L,\) the boundary of \(\Lambda _L.\) Let also

$$\begin{aligned} M_L(\sigma ):= \sum _{x\in \Lambda _L} \sigma _x \end{aligned}$$

be the total magnetization in \(\Lambda _L.\) The probability measure \(\mathbb P ^{\beta ,h,+}_{L}\) on \(\{-1,1\}^{\Lambda _L}\) is defined by

$$\begin{aligned} { \mathbb P _{L}^{\,\beta ,h,+} \bigl [ \sigma \bigr ]}:= \frac{1}{Z_{L, \beta , h}} e^{ -\beta \, E_L(\sigma ) + h\, M_L(\sigma )}, \end{aligned}$$

where the partition function \(Z_{L,\beta , h}\) is simply defined as \(\sum _\sigma e^{ -\beta \, E_L(\sigma ) + h\, M_L(\sigma )}.\)

As is well known, the measures \(\mathbb P ^{\beta ,h,+}_{L}\) have a unique infinite volume limit as \(L\rightarrow \infty ,\) that we denote by \(\mathbb P _\mathbb{Z ^2}^{\beta , h, +}\) (in fact, when \(h>0\) or \(\beta \le \beta _c,\) adding the \(+\) boundary condition does not have any effect on the infinite volume limit, so the \(+\) in the notation can be dropped). Since the work by Onsager ([24]), it is known that if \(h=0,\) then this system undergoes a phase transition at

$$\begin{aligned} \beta _c=\frac{1}{2}\ln (1+\sqrt{2}). \end{aligned}$$

See for example [16] and references therein and see [3] for a recent self-contained proof.

In this paper, we are interested in the behavior of the Ising model on \(\mathbb Z ^2\) near its critical point at \(\beta =\beta _c\) but with a small external magnetic field \(h>0.\) Our main theorem is the following, where \(\langle \cdot \rangle _{\beta , h}\) denotes expectation with respect to \(\mathbb P _\mathbb{Z ^2}^{\beta , h, +}\) (when \(h=0,\) we sometimes drop the second index).

Theorem 1.1

Consider the Ising model on \(\mathbb Z ^2\) at \(\beta _c\) with a positive external magnetic field \(h>0,\) thenFootnote 1

$$\begin{aligned} \langle \sigma _0\rangle _{\beta _c, h} \asymp h^{\frac{1}{15}}. \end{aligned}$$

Our proof of Theorem 1.1 relies on the GHS inequality as well as the recent RSW theorem from [10]. While the use of GHS to obtain inequalities involving critical exponents is not new (see, e.g., Chapter 14 of  [11] and references therein), we combine it in a novel way with RSW for Ising-FK percolation to obtain, to the best of our knowledge, the first complete proof that the Ising magnetization exponent is \(1/15.\)

Let us now give more background on the subject. The Ising model on the square lattice with no external magnetic field has been solved exactly, and its solution has yielded a number of critical exponents. In [24], Onsager obtained the exact formula for the free energy (with \(h=0\)) showing a logarithmic singularity at the critical temperature. He then announced, in joint work with Kaufman, the exact formula for the spontaneous magnetization showing an exponent of \(1/8;\) the formula, first published in [28], leads to the following theorem. See [2, 9, 20] for interesting historical discussions about the Kaufman and Onsager derivation of the magnetization formula.

Theorem 1.2

(see Thm. 2.4.2 of [25]) If we denote by \(\langle \cdot \rangle _{\beta }^{+}\) expectation with respect to the infinite volume measure with inverse temperature \(\beta ,\) zero external magnetic field, and \(+\) boundary condition, then

$$\begin{aligned} \langle \sigma _0 \rangle _{\beta }^{+} \asymp |\beta - \beta _c|^{1/8} \qquad \text {as }\beta \searrow \beta _c. \end{aligned}$$

A second exponent follows from a celebrated result of Wu, which is crucial for the proof of our main result, Theorem 1.1.

Theorem 1.3

(Wu, see [21, 27]) There exists an explicit constant \(c>0\) such that as \(n \rightarrow \infty \)

$$\begin{aligned} \rho (n):= \langle \sigma _{(0,0)} \sigma _{(n,n)}\rangle _{\beta _c} \sim c\, n^{-1/4}. \end{aligned}$$

See Section 1.2 in [5] for a discussion of the status of Wu’s result. See also Sect. 4 below where we state a theorem which does not assume Wu’s result (in particular, it turns out that by assuming much less, one still obtains the exponent \(\frac{1}{15}\) in a weaker sense—see Remark 4.2).

These critical exponents are defined for zero external magnetic field. If one introduces a nonzero external magnetic field, the average magnetization is also nonzero, and its behavior as we let the external field go to zero defines (modulo its existence proved in this paper) another critical exponent, \(\delta ,\) via \(\langle \sigma _0\rangle _{\beta _c, h} \asymp h^{\frac{1}{\delta } }.\)

The value \(\delta =15\) is suggested by non-rigorous scaling theory and can be understood heuristically by considering the continuum scaling limit of the Ising model with a vanishing external magnetic field (i.e., the near-critical limit in which a nonzero \(h\) scales appropriately to zero), as we now briefly explain. In the continuum scaling limit, the lattice is scaled by a factor \(1/L,\) with \(L\rightarrow \infty ,\) and one focuses, for example, on the magnetization in the unit square.

At the critical temperature and with zero external magnetic field, one can show [5] that the random variable \(m_L := L^{-15/8} M_L(\sigma ) = L^{-15/8} \sum _{x \in \Lambda _L} \sigma _x\) has a unique limit in distribution as \(L \rightarrow \infty .\) The scaling factor \(L^{-15/8}\) insures that the second moment of \(m_L\) is bounded away from zero and infinity as \(L \rightarrow \infty .\) See [5] for more details.

Adding an external magnetic field \(h\) yields the Ising distribution (1.3), which contains the term \(h M_L(\sigma ).\) In order to obtain a meaningful continuum scaling limit in this case, it appears necessary to let \(h\) scale as the scaling factor \(L^{-15/8}\) discussed in the previous paragraph (see [7] or [4] for a discussion of this point, and [6] for a construction of the continuum near-critical scaling limit with a vanishing external magnetic field).

For any \(1 \le l < L,\) we can write the expectation under \(\mathbb P ^{\beta ,h,+}_{L}\) of the rescaled magnetization \(m_l(\sigma ) = l^{-15/8} \sum _{x \in \Lambda _l} \sigma _x\) in \(\Lambda _l\) as

$$\begin{aligned} \frac{\sum _{\sigma } m_l(\sigma ) \exp (-\beta _c E_L(\sigma ) + h M_L(\sigma )) }{\sum _{\sigma } \exp (-\beta _c E_L(\sigma ) + h M_L(\sigma ))}. \end{aligned}$$

When \(L \gg l \rightarrow \infty ,\) assuming the scaling law \(\langle \sigma _0\rangle _{\beta _c, h} \asymp h^{\frac{1}{\delta } }\) holds, the above ratio behaves like

$$\begin{aligned} l^{-15/8} l^2 \langle \sigma _0 \rangle _{\beta _c,h=l^{-15/8}} \asymp l^{1/8} (l^{-15/8})^{1/\delta }. \end{aligned}$$

If a nontrivial continuum scaling limit exists, as proved in [6], one expects this quantity to have a finite nonzero limit as \(l \rightarrow \infty ,\) which requires \(\delta =15.\) (We note that, using the non-rigorous scaling laws for critical exponents and the fact that the heat capacity exponent \(\alpha \) is zero for the two-dimensional Ising model, one can write \(\delta = \frac{2-1/8}{1/8},\) where \(1/8\) is the order parameter exponent of Theorem 1.2—see, e.g., Section 16.3 of [18]).

Some comments on the interpretation of our main result, Theorem 1.1, are in order. Since the quantity \(\langle \sigma _0\rangle _{\beta _c, h}\) can be interpreted as the probability that the origin is connected to the ghost vertex in the appropriate FK percolation model defined on \(\mathbb Z ^2 \cup \{ \mathrm{ghost}\}\) (see Sect. 3), one can think of Theorem 1.1 as an analog of the following theorem by Smirnov and Werner.

Theorem 1.4

(Smirnov and Werner [26]) The density function \(\theta (p)\) for site percolation on the triangular grid has the following behavior for \(p>p_c=1/2\!:\)

$$\begin{aligned} \theta (p) = (p-1/2)^{5/36+o(1)}, \end{aligned}$$

as \(p\rightarrow 1/2+\).

Theorem 1.1 is also an analog to Theorem 1.2 above, except that our result concerns the near-critical regime in the \(h\) direction rather than in the \(\beta \) direction.

Let us end this introduction by stating the Griffiths–Hurst–Sherman inequality from [15] which will be essential to our work.

Theorem 1.5

(GHS inequality [15]) Let \(G=(V,E)\) be a finite graph. Consider a ferromagnetic Ising model on this graph (i.e., the interactions \(J_e\) for \(e=\{i,j\} \in E\) are non-negative) and assume furthermore that the external field \(\mathbf{h }=(h_v)_{v\in V}\) (which may vary from one vertex to another) is non-negative. Under such general assumptions, one has for any vertices \(i,j,k\in V\!:\)

$$\begin{aligned} \langle \sigma _i\sigma _j \sigma _k\rangle -(\langle \sigma _i\rangle \, \langle \sigma _j \sigma _k\rangle +\langle \sigma _j\rangle \, \langle \sigma _i \sigma _k\rangle +\langle \sigma _k\rangle \, \langle \sigma _i \sigma _j\rangle )+2\langle \sigma _i\rangle \langle \sigma _j\rangle \langle \sigma _k\rangle \le 0. \end{aligned}$$

This inequality has the following useful corollary.

Corollary 1.6

Let \(G=(V,E)\) be a finite graph and let \(K \subset V\) be a non-empty subset of the vertices. Let us consider a ferromagnetic Ising model on \(G\) with the spins in \(K\) prescribed to be \(+\) and with a constant magnetic field \(h\ge 0\) on \(V{\setminus } K.\) Then the partition function of this model, i.e.,

$$\begin{aligned} Z_{\beta , h} := \sum _{\sigma \in \{-,+\}^{V\setminus K}} \exp {\left( -\beta \sum _{i \sim j \in V} J_{\{i,j\}} \sigma _i \sigma _j + h \sum _{i \in V \setminus K} \sigma _i \right) }, \end{aligned}$$


$$\begin{aligned} {\partial }^3_h \log (Z_{\beta ,h})\le 0. \end{aligned}$$


Since the partition function \(Z_{\beta ,\mathbf{h}}\) for a (non-constant) external field \(\mathbf h\) has \({\partial }_{h_i} {\partial }_{h_j} {\partial }_{h_k} \log Z_{\beta ,\mathbf{h}}\) given by the LHS of the displayed inequality of Theorem 1.5, this is an immediate corollary. \(\square \)

In the next section we will use the GHS inequality to obtain Eq. (2.2); we will then use that bound, combined with the inequalities in Proposition 2.1 below, to obtain an optimal upper bound for the average magnetization with a nonzero external magnetic field.

As pointed out to us by Hugo Duminil-Copin, the inequality (2.2) was already used in [11] (see Eq. (14.230), p. 345) to obtain a lower bound for the spontaneous magnetization, leading to an inequality involving critical exponents. The use of the GHS inequality to obtain bounds like Eq. (2.2) was apparently first proposed by the third author in an unpublished 1982 preprint that was later included as an appendix of [23].

Proof of the upper bound

Recall that, for any \(L\in \mathbb N ,\)

$$\begin{aligned} M_L=\sum _{x\in \Lambda _L}\sigma _x \end{aligned}$$

is the (non-renormalized) magnetization in the square \(\Lambda _L =[-L,L]^2.\) If some boundary condition \(\eta \) is prescribed on \(\Lambda _L,\) we will denote the magnetization by \(M^\eta _L.\) In the same fashion, we will denote by \(M^\mathbb{Z ^2}_L\) the magnetization in \(\Lambda _L\) with boundary condition inherited from the full-plane \(\mathbb Z ^2.\) In particular, by translation invariance, one has

$$\begin{aligned} \langle \sigma _0\rangle _{\beta _c,h}=\frac{1}{|\Lambda _L|} \left\langle {M^\mathbb{Z ^2}_L}\right\rangle _{\beta _c,h}, \end{aligned}$$

for any \(L\in \mathbb N .\)

By monotonicity one has, for any \(L\ge 1,\)

$$\begin{aligned} \langle \sigma _0\rangle _{\beta _c,h} \le \frac{1}{|\Lambda _L|} \langle M_L^+\rangle _{\beta _c,h}. \end{aligned}$$

For notational convenience, in the rest of the proof and in the next proposition, we will use \(\langle M_L\rangle _{\beta _c,h,+}\) to denote \(\langle M_L^+\rangle _{\beta _c,h}.\) The main idea in the proof of the upper bound is to rewrite the expected magnetization \(\langle M_L\rangle _{\beta _c,h,+}\) as follows:

$$\begin{aligned} \langle M_L\rangle _{\beta _c,h,+} = \frac{\langle M_L\, e^{h M_L}\rangle _{\beta _c,0,+}}{\langle e^{h M_L}\rangle _{\beta _c,0,+}} = \frac{\frac{{\partial }}{{\partial }h} \langle e^{h M_L}\rangle _{\beta _c,0,+}}{\langle e^{h M_L}\rangle _{\beta _c,0,+}}, \end{aligned}$$

and then to apply the GHS inequality. Indeed the latter (recall Corollary 1.6) says that, for \(+\) boundary conditions,

$$\begin{aligned} \frac{{\partial }^3 }{{\partial }h^3} \log \left( \sum _\sigma e^{-\beta _c E_L(\sigma ) + h M_L(\sigma )}\right)&\le 0 \\ \Leftrightarrow \frac{{\partial }^3 }{{\partial }h^3}\log \left( \frac{\sum e^{-\beta _c E_L + h M_L}}{\sum e^{-\beta _c E_L}}\right)&\le 0 \\ \Leftrightarrow \frac{{\partial }^2}{{\partial }h^2} \left( \frac{\frac{{\partial }}{{\partial }h}\langle e^{h M_L}\rangle _{\beta _c,0,+}}{\langle e^{h M_L}\rangle _{\beta _c,0,+}} \right)&\le 0. \end{aligned}$$

Let \(F(h) = F_L(h) := \frac{\frac{{\partial }}{{\partial }h} \langle e^{h M_L}\rangle _{\beta _c,0,+}}{\langle e^{h M_L}\rangle _{\beta _c,0,+}} = \langle M_L\rangle _{\beta _c,h,+}.\) Then one has for any \(h\ge 0:\)

$$\begin{aligned} F(h)&\le F(0) + h\, F'(0) \nonumber \\&= \langle M_L\rangle _{\beta _c,0,+}+h(\langle M_L^2\rangle _{\beta _c,0,+} - \langle M_L\rangle _{\beta _c,0,+}^2). \end{aligned}$$

We will use the following Proposition from [5], whose proof relies essentially on the RSW theorem for Ising-FK percolation proved in [10].

Proposition 2.1

(Proposition B.2 in [5]) There is a universal constant \(C>0\) such that for \(L\) sufficiently large, one has

  1. (i)

    \(\langle M_L\rangle _{\beta _c,0,+} \le C \, L^{2} \rho (L)^{1/2}\) and

  2. (ii)

    \(\langle M_L^2\rangle _{\beta _c,0,+} \le C \, L^4 \, \rho (L).\)

Plugging the inequalities of Proposition 2.1 into (2.2) and using Wu’s result, Theorem 1.3, gives us the following upper bound for \(F(h):\)

$$\begin{aligned} F(h)\le C(L^{15/8} + h\, L^{15/4}). \end{aligned}$$

Plugging this into (2.1) gives us

$$\begin{aligned} \langle \sigma _0\rangle _{\beta _c, h}\le \frac{1}{L(h)^2}\, F(h) \le C(L^{15/8}+h L^{15/4})/L^2. \end{aligned}$$

Optimizing in \(L = L(h) \ge 1\) leads to \( h\, L(h)^{15/4} \asymp L(h)^{15/8},\) which in turn gives

$$\begin{aligned} L(h)\asymp h^{-8/15}. \end{aligned}$$


$$\begin{aligned} \langle \sigma _0\rangle _{\beta _c, h}&\le O(1) \, \frac{1}{L(h)^2} L(h)^{15/8}=O(1)\, L(h)^{-1/8}\end{aligned}$$
$$\begin{aligned}&\le O(1)\, h^{1/15}. \end{aligned}$$

which concludes the proof of the upper bound in Theorem 1.1. \(\square \)

Remark 2.2

We note that optimizing inequality (2.4), which leads to \(L(h)\asymp h^{-8/15},\) is equivalent to letting \(L(h)\) scale like the correlation length of the near-critical model for vanishing external magnetic field (i.e., like the inverse of the so-called “mass scale”). Indeed, the correlation length, \(\xi ,\) scales like \(\xi (h) \asymp h^{-8/15}.\)

Remark 2.3

One might wonder why dominating by the \(+\) boundary condition was a necessary step here. The reason is that one cannot apply the GHS inequality to the finite volume quantity \(M_L^\mathbb{Z ^2},\) since the magnetization field is also increased “outside” \(\Lambda _L.\) Note that if one had worked without the \(+\) boundary condition, then \(F(0)\) would be zero, and one would obtain a suspicious upper bound on \(\langle \sigma _0\rangle _{\beta _c, h}\) of the form \(h \mathrm Var \big [ M_L\big ]_{\beta _c,0} \asymp h\, L^{15/4}\) valid for all \(L\ge 1.\) This would clearly be wrong since, taking \(L=1,\) it would give an upper bound on \(\langle \sigma _0\rangle _{\beta _c, h}\) of order \(h,\) which is too small compared to the correct behavior of \(h^{1/15}.\)

Proof of the lower bound

The lower bound is related to the Buckingham–Gunton inequality [12, 17]. In particular, the approach to that inequality of [22] can be combined with Wu’s result and RSW to obtain a lower bound for the free energy, \(\int _0^h \langle \sigma _0\rangle _{\beta , h} dh,\) of the form \(c h^{(1+1/15)}.\) Here we provide a lower bound for the magnetization, matching the upper bound of the previous section. The proof is elementary and self-contained and is based on standard percolation arguments, using the ghost spin representation of the Ising model with an external magnetic field and the RSW theorem of [10].

Let us first settle some notation. We denote by \(\mathbb P _{p_c,h}\) the \(\mathrm{FK}\) percolation model representing the Ising model at \(\beta _c\) with positive magnetic field \(h\ge 0.\) It is a model of FK percolation defined on the extended graph \(G=(V,E)\) where \(V=\mathbb Z ^2 \cup \{ \mathbf g \}\) (the vertex \(\mathbf g \) is commonly called the ghost vertex) and \(E\) is the usual set of nearest-neighbor edges \(\mathbb{E }^2\) plus all the edges of the form \(e= \{ x,\mathbf g \}.\) (See, for example, [1, 8, 14] for the use of the ghost vertex in the Ising model and in FK percolation.) Furthermore, each edge \(e\in \mathbb{E }^2\) carries a weight \(p_c = 1-e^{-\beta _c},\) while each edge \(e=\{x,\mathbf g \}\) carries a weight \(p_h:= 1- e^{-h}.\) It is well known that \(\mathbb P _{p_c, h}\) stochastically dominates \(\mathbb P _{p_c}\) (denoted \(\mathbb P _{p_c, h} \succcurlyeq \mathbb P _{p_c}\)). Furthermore, in the plane \(\mathbb Z ^2,\) one has

$$\begin{aligned} \langle \sigma _0\rangle _{\beta _c,h}={ \mathbb P _{p_c, h}^{\,} \bigl [ 0 \leftrightarrow \mathbf g \bigr ]}, \end{aligned}$$

where \(0 \leftrightarrow \mathbf g \) denotes the event that the origin, \(0,\) and the ghost vertex, \(\mathbf g ,\) are connected by a path of open edges. (Later, \(0 \nleftrightarrow \mathbf g \) will denote the opposite event.)

In the rest of the paper, the \(\mathrm{FK}\) percolation configurations sampled according to \(\mathbb P _{p_c,h}\) will be denoted \({\bar{\omega }}_h = (\omega _h, \tau _h),\) where the component \(\omega _h\) denotes the configuration of open edges lying in \(\mathbb Z ^2,\) while the component \(\tau _h\) corresponds to the set of open edges going from points in \(\mathbb Z ^2\) to \(\mathbf g .\)

For any configuration of edges \(\omega \) in the plane (i.e., any \(\omega \subset \mathbb{E }^2\)), let \(\mathcal C (\omega )\) be the connected component of the origin. Note that with such a definition, \(\mathcal C (\omega _h)\) might be strictly smaller than the connected component of the origin in the (enlarged) configuration \({\bar{\omega }}_h.\)

Since \(\mathbb P _{p_c,h} \succcurlyeq \mathbb P _{p_c} ,\) the restriction \(\omega _h\) stochastically dominates the standard \(\omega _0 \sim \mathbb P _{p_c,0}.\) In particular,

$$\begin{aligned} \langle |\mathcal C (\omega _h)|\rangle _{p_c,h}\ge \langle |\mathcal C (\omega _0)|\rangle _{p_c,0}. \end{aligned}$$

For \(M\in \mathbb N ^+,\) let \(A_M\) be the event

$$\begin{aligned} A_M(\omega ):= \{ |\mathcal C (\omega )| \ge M\}. \end{aligned}$$

For any \(M\in \mathbb N ^+,\) one has

$$\begin{aligned} \langle \sigma _0\rangle _{\beta _c,h}&= { \mathbb P _{p_c, h}^{\,} \bigl [ 0 \leftrightarrow \mathbf g \bigr ]} \nonumber \\&\ge { \mathbb P _{p_c, h}^{\,} \bigl [ A_M(\omega _h) \text{ and } 0 \leftrightarrow \mathbf g \bigr ]} \nonumber \\&= { \mathbb P _{p_c, h}^{\,} \bigl [ A_M(\omega _h) \bigr ]} \, { \mathbb P _{p_c, h}^{\,} \bigl [ 0 \leftrightarrow \mathbf g \bigm | A_M \bigr ]} \nonumber \\&\ge { \mathbb P _{p_c, 0}^{\,} \bigl [ A_M(\omega _0) \bigr ]} \, { \mathbb P _{p_c, h}^{\,} \bigl [ 0 \leftrightarrow \mathbf g \bigm | A_M \bigr ]}, \end{aligned}$$

since the event \(A_M\) is clearly increasing and since \(\omega _h \succcurlyeq \omega _0.\)

In order to conclude the proof of the lower bound, we use the following two lemmas.

Lemma 3.1

There exists a constant \(c_1>0\) such that for any \(M\in \mathbb N ^+,\)

$$\begin{aligned} { \mathbb P _{p_c,0}^{\,} \bigl [ A_M(\omega _0) \bigr ]}={ \mathbb P _{p_c, 0}^{\,} \bigl [ |\mathcal C (\omega _0)| \ge M \bigr ]} \ge c_1 \, M^{-1/15}. \end{aligned}$$

Lemma 3.2

There is a constant \(c_2>0\) such that for any \(M\in \mathbb N ^+\) and any \(h \ge 0,\)

$$\begin{aligned} { \mathbb P _{p_c, h}^{\,} \bigl [ 0 \nleftrightarrow \mathbf g \bigm | A_M \bigr ]} \le e^{-c_2 \,h \, M}. \end{aligned}$$

Before detailing the proofs of these lemmas, let us see why they enable us to conclude the proof of the lower bound. By combining the above lemmas with (3.1), one has that, for any \(M\in \mathbb N ^+,\)

$$\begin{aligned} \langle \sigma _0\rangle _{\beta _c,h}\ge \Omega (1) \, M^{-1/15}\,(1 - e^{-c_2 \,h \, M}). \end{aligned}$$

Now, optimizing \(M\in \mathbb N ^+,\) one finds that \(M\) should be chosen so that \(M\asymp h^{-1}.\) This particular choice of \(M\) gives the lower bound of \(\Omega (1) h^{1/15}.\) \(\square \)

It remains to prove Lemma 3.1 and Lemma 3.2.

Proof of Lemma 3.1

For any radius \(R\ge 1,\) let \(C_R\) be the event that there is an open circuit in the annulus \(A(R/2,R) := \Lambda _R {\setminus } \Lambda _{R/2}.\) We will also write \(0 \leftrightarrow R\) to denote the event, \(0 \leftrightarrow \partial \Lambda _R,\) that the origin is connected to \(\partial \Lambda _R\) by a path of open edges.

$$\begin{aligned} { \mathbb P _{p_c,0}^{\,} \bigl [ A_M \bigr ]}&= { \mathbb P _{p_c, 0}^{\,} \bigl [ |\mathcal C (\omega _0)| \ge M \bigr ]} \nonumber \\&\ge { \mathbb P _{p_c, 0}^{\,} \bigl [ 0 \leftrightarrow R,\, C_R \bigr ]} { \mathbb P _{p_c, 0}^{\,} \bigl [ |\mathcal C (\omega _0)| \ge M \bigm | 0 \leftrightarrow R,\, C_R \bigr ]} \nonumber \\&\ge { \mathbb P _{p_c, 0}^{\,} \bigl [ 0 \leftrightarrow R \bigr ]}\, { \mathbb P _{p_c, 0}^{\,} \bigl [ C_R \bigr ]} \, { \mathbb P _{p_c, 0}^{\,} \bigl [ |\mathcal C (\omega _0)| \!\ge \! M \bigm | 0 \!\leftrightarrow \! R,\, C_R \bigr ]}\quad \text {(by FKG)} \nonumber \\&\ge \Omega (1) R^{-1/8} \; { \mathbb P _{p_c, 0}^{\,} \bigl [ |\mathcal C (\omega _0)| \ge M \bigm | 0 \leftrightarrow R,\, C_R \bigr ]}, \end{aligned}$$

by RSW from [10] (see also Lemma B.3 of [5]).

It remains to prove that if the radius \(R\ge 1\) is chosen (as a function of \(M\)) to be \(\Omega (1) M^{8/15},\) then one has

$$\begin{aligned} { \mathbb P _{p_c, 0}^{\,} \bigl [ |\mathcal C (\omega _0)| \ge M \bigm | 0 \leftrightarrow R,\, C_R \bigr ]} \ge \Omega (1). \end{aligned}$$

This is easily done by a second moment argument on the random variable \(N:= |\mathcal C (\omega _0) \cap \Lambda _R|.\) Indeed, denoting \(x+\Lambda _R\) by \(B(x,R),\) we have

$$\begin{aligned} { \mathbb{E }_{p_c,0}^{\,} \bigl [ N\bigm | 0\leftrightarrow R,\, C_R \bigr ]}&= \sum _{x\in \Lambda _R} { \mathbb P _{p_c, 0}^{\,} \bigl [ 0 \leftrightarrow x \bigm | 0 \leftrightarrow R,\, C_R \bigr ]} \\&\ge \sum _{x\in B(0,R/2)} { \mathbb P _{p_c, 0}^{\,} \bigl [ x \leftrightarrow {\partial }B(x,2R) \bigm | 0 \leftrightarrow R,\, C_R \bigr ]} \\&\ge \Omega (1) R^2 { \mathbb P _{p_c, 0}^{\,} \bigl [ 0 \leftrightarrow 2R \bigr ]}\quad \left( \begin{array}{l} \text {By translation}\\ \text {invariance and FKG} \end{array} \right) \\&\ge \Omega (1) R^{15/8}. \end{aligned}$$

For the second moment, one has

$$\begin{aligned} { \mathbb{E }_{p_c,0}^{\,} \bigl [ N^2 \bigm | 0 \leftrightarrow R,\, C_R \bigr ]}&= \sum _{x,y \in \Lambda _R} { \mathbb P _{p_c, 0}^{\,} \bigl [ 0 \leftrightarrow x, 0\leftrightarrow y \bigm | 0 \leftrightarrow R,\, C_R \bigr ]} \\&\le \sum _{x,y \in \Lambda _R} \frac{{ \mathbb P _{p_c, 0}^{\,} \bigl [ 0 \leftrightarrow x, 0\leftrightarrow y ,\, 0 \leftrightarrow R,\, C_R \bigr ]}}{{ \mathbb P _{p_c,0}^{\,} \bigl [ 0 \leftrightarrow R \bigr ]}\, { \mathbb P _{p_c,0}^{\,} \bigl [ C_R \bigr ]} } \; \text {(by FKG)} \\&\le O(1) R^{1/8} \sum _{x,y \in \Lambda _R} \, { \mathbb P _{p_c,0}^{\,} \bigl [ 0 \leftrightarrow x, 0\leftrightarrow y,\, 0 \leftrightarrow R \bigr ]}. \end{aligned}$$

Now, a standard dyadic summation (as for example in Section 4.3 or 7.2 of [13]) gives

$$\begin{aligned} \sum _{x,y \in \Lambda _R} { \mathbb P _{p_c,0}^{\,} \bigl [ 0 \leftrightarrow x, 0\leftrightarrow y ,\, 0 \leftrightarrow R \bigr ]} \asymp R^{4} \, { \mathbb P _{p_c, 0}^{\,} \bigl [ 0 \leftrightarrow R \bigr ]}^3, \end{aligned}$$

which implies the following upper bound on the second moment:

$$\begin{aligned} { \mathbb{E }_{p_c,0}^{\,} \bigl [ N^2 \bigm | 0 \leftrightarrow R,\, C_R \bigr ]} \le O(1) R^{15/4}. \end{aligned}$$

By the second moment method, there exists a constant \(c>0\) such that

$$\begin{aligned} { \mathbb P _{p_c, 0}^{\,} \bigl [ |\mathcal C (\omega _0)| \ge c R^{15/8} \bigm | 0 \leftrightarrow R,\, C_R \bigr ]}>c. \end{aligned}$$

Now let us choose \(R=R(M)\) so that \(c R^{15/8} = M,\) i.e., \(R:= C M^{8/15}.\) Plugging this choice into (3.2) and using (3.3) concludes the proof of Lemma 3.1. \(\square \)

Proof of Lemma 3.2

Sample the configuration \(\omega _h\) (which by definition is the configuration \({\bar{\omega }}_h\) without the edges going from \(\mathbb Z ^2\) to the ghost \(\mathbf g\)) according to the conditional measure \({ \mathbb P _{p_c,h}^{\,} \bigl [ \cdot \bigm | A_M \bigr ]}.\) Let \(k:= |\mathcal C (\omega _h)|\) (in particular \(k\ge M\)) and index the \(k\) vertices in \(\mathcal C (\omega _h)\) in any order: \(x_1, \ldots x_k.\) Let \(\tau _i\) for \(i=1,\ldots ,k\) be the edge going from vertex \(x_i\) to the ghost. Sample the edges \(\tau _i\) one at a time knowing the configuration \(\omega _h\) as well as the edges \(\tau _j\) already sampled. For any \(i\in \{0,\ldots , k-1\},\) by a quantitative version of the finite energy property, one has

$$\begin{aligned} { \mathbb P _{p_c, h}^{\,} \bigl [ \tau _{i+1} \text { is open }\bigm | \omega _h,\, \tau _1,\ldots , \tau _i \bigr ]} \ge c\, h, \end{aligned}$$

for some constant \(c>0.\) This implies that

$$\begin{aligned} { \mathbb P _{p_c, h}^{\,} \bigl [ 0 \nleftrightarrow \mathbf{g} \bigm | A_M \bigr ]}&= \sum _{\omega _h} { \mathbb P _{p_c,h}^{\,} \bigl [ \omega _h \bigm | A_M \bigr ]}\, { \mathbb P _{p_c, h}^{\,} \bigl [ \mathcal C (\omega _h) \nleftrightarrow \mathbf{g} \bigm | \omega _h,\, A_M \bigr ]} \\&\le (1-ch)^{|\mathcal C (\omega _h)|} \\&\le (1- ch)^M, \end{aligned}$$

which easily concludes the proof of Lemma 3.2. \(\square \)

Remark 3.3

One may wonder which parts of the proof (upper or lower bound) use the planarity of the model. First of all, the main ingredient used for the upper bound, i.e., the GHS inequality, is of course valid in any dimension. Yet, planarity is used for the upper bound since the proof uses the fact that the variance of the magnetization behaves like the first moment squared. This fact is the content of Proposition B.2 in [5], which relies on the RSW Theorem of [10] and thus relies in an essential way on planarity. Our proof of the lower bound also relies on the RSW theorem of [10] and thus also requires planarity.

Without assuming Wu’s result

If one does not want to assume Wu’s result, instead of Theorem 1.1 one obtains the following result.

Theorem 4.1

(without assuming Wu’s result) Consider the Ising model on \(\mathbb Z ^2\) at \(\beta _c\) with a positive external magnetic field \(h>0,\) then

$$\begin{aligned} \langle \sigma _0\rangle _{\beta _c, h} \asymp \sqrt{\rho (\xi (h))} \asymp \frac{1}{h\, \xi (h)^2}, \end{aligned}$$

where the correlation length \(\xi (h)\) is defined as follows:

$$\begin{aligned} \xi (h):=\inf \left\{ L\ge 1:\, L^2\sqrt{\rho (L)} \ge \frac{1}{h} \right\} . \end{aligned}$$

Remark 4.2

Note that if one could show that \(\alpha _a^\mathrm{FK}(\epsilon , 1) \,{:=}\, { \mathbb P _{p_c,0}^{\,} \bigl [ \partial \Lambda (\epsilon /a) {\leftrightarrow \partial \Lambda (1/a)} \bigr ]} \asymp \epsilon ^{1/8}\) with an \(SLE\) computation, this would imply, without assuming Wu’s result, the following estimate on the average magnetization at \(\beta = \beta _c\) as \(h \rightarrow 0+\!:\)

$$\begin{aligned} \langle \sigma _0\rangle _{\beta _c, h} = h^{1/15+o(1)}. \end{aligned}$$

This highlights that we do not need the full strength of Wu’s result to obtain the exponent \(\frac{1}{15}.\)


The proof of the upper bound works exactly in the same fashion as before since one can rely on Proposition 2.1 which was proved in the appendix of [5] without relying on Wu’s result.

For the proof of the lower bound, we need to replace Lemma 3.1 by the following (note that the proof of Lemma 3.2 did not assume Wu’s result). \(\square \)

Lemma 4.3

There exists a constant \(c_1>0\) such that for any \(M\in \mathbb N ^+,\)

$$\begin{aligned} { \mathbb P _{p_c,0}^{\,} \bigl [ A_M \bigr ]}={ \mathbb P _{p_c, 0}^{\,} \bigl [ |\mathcal C (\omega _0)| \ge M \bigr ]} \ge c_1 \, \sqrt{\rho (\xi (c_1/M))}, \end{aligned}$$

where \(\xi (\cdot )\) is the correlation length defined in (4.1).

To see why this holds, one proceeds in the same fashion as in the proof of Lemma 3.1, using some radius \(R\) to be chosen later (as a function of \(M\)). As in the appendix of [5], one finds the following bounds on the first and second moments of the random variable \(N\) defined above:

$$\begin{aligned} \left\{ \begin{array}{l} { \mathbb{E }_{p_c,0}^{\,} \bigl [ N \bigm | 0 \leftrightarrow R,\, C_R \bigr ]} \ge \Omega (1) \, R^2 \rho (R)^{1/2} \\ { \mathbb{E }_{p_c,0}^{\,} \bigl [ N^2 \bigm | 0 \leftrightarrow R,\, C_R \bigr ]} \le O(1) R^4 \rho (R) \end{array}\right. \end{aligned}$$

Therefore by the second moment method, there is some \(c>0\) such that \(N\) is larger than \(c R^2 \rho (R)^{1/2}\) with positive conditional probability at least \(c>0.\) Now with

$$\begin{aligned} R=R(M):=\inf \left\{ R \ge 1, R^2 \rho (R)^{1/2} \ge \frac{1}{c} M\right\} =:\xi (c/M), \end{aligned}$$

the same proof as above gives us that

$$\begin{aligned} { \mathbb P _{p_c,0}^{\,} \bigl [ A_M \bigr ]}&\ge c\, { \mathbb P _{p_c, 0}^{\,} \bigl [ 0 \leftrightarrow \xi (c/M) \bigr ]} \\&\ge \frac{c}{C} \sqrt{ \rho \big ( \xi (c/M)\big )}, \end{aligned}$$

where we use in the last inequality the bound on \({ \mathbb P _{p_c, 0}^{\,\mathrm{free}} \bigl [ 0 \leftrightarrow N \bigr ]} \) from Lemma A.3 of [5]. This concludes our proof with \(c_1 = c/C<c.\) \(\square \)

Combining the above estimates, and using \(M:= \frac{c_1}{h},\) we find that

$$\begin{aligned} \langle \sigma _0\rangle _{\beta _c,h}&= { \mathbb P _{p_c, h}^{\,} \bigl [ 0 \leftrightarrow \mathbf{g} \bigr ]}\nonumber \\&\ge { \mathbb P _{p_c, 0}^{\,} \bigl [ A_M(\omega _0) \bigr ]} \, { \mathbb P _{p_c, h}^{\,} \bigl [ 0 \leftrightarrow \mathbf{g} \bigm | A_M \bigr ]} \end{aligned}$$
$$\begin{aligned}&\ge c_1 \sqrt{\rho (\xi (h))} (1- ch)^{c_1/h} \end{aligned}$$
$$\begin{aligned}&\ge \Omega (1) \sqrt{\rho (\xi (h))}, \end{aligned}$$

which completes the proof of Theorem 4. \(\square \)


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The authors thank Douglas Abraham, Hugo Duminil-Copin and Roberto Fernández for useful discussions, and an anonymous referee for useful comments. They also thank Barry McCoy for correcting a misattribution of Theorem 1.2.

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F. Camia’s research was supported in part by NWO Grant Vidi 639.032.916. C. Garban was partially supported by ANR Grant BLAN06-3-134462. C. M. Newman’s research supported in part by NSF Grants OISE-0730136 and DMS-1007524.

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Camia, F., Garban, C. & Newman, C.M. The Ising magnetization exponent on \(\mathbb{Z }^2\) is \(1/15\) . Probab. Theory Relat. Fields 160, 175–187 (2014).

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