Nature Versus Nurture: Dynamical Evolution in Disordered Ising Ferromagnets

  • Lily Z. Wang
  • Reza GheissariEmail author
  • Charles M. Newman
  • Daniel L. Stein
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Proceedings in Mathematics & Statistics book series (PROMS, volume 293)


We study the predictability of zero-temperature Glauber dynamics in various models of disordered ferromagnets. This is analyzed using two independent dynamical realizations with the same random initialization (called twins). We derive, theoretically and numerically, trajectories for the evolution of the normalized magnetization and twin overlap as the system size tends to infinity. The systems we treat include mean-field ferromagnets with light-tailed and heavy-tailed coupling distributions, as well as highly-disordered models with a variety of other geometries. In the mean-field setting with light-tailed couplings, the disorder averages out and the limiting trajectories of the magnetization and twin overlap match those of the homogenous Curie–Weiss model. On the other hand, when the coupling distribution has heavy tails, or the geometry changes, the effect of the disorder persists in the thermodynamic limit. Nonetheless, qualitatively all such random ferromagnets share a similar time evolution for their twin overlap, wherein the two twins initially decorrelate, before either partially or fully converging back together due to the ferromagnetic drift.


Glauber dynamics Predictability Random ferromagnet Curie–Weiss model Spin glass 



We thank the anonymous referee for helpful suggestions. The research of CMN was supported in part by U.S. NSF Grant DMS-1507019. DLS thanks the Aspen Center for Physics, which is supported by National Science Foundation grant PHY-1607611.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lily Z. Wang
    • 1
  • Reza Gheissari
    • 2
    Email author
  • Charles M. Newman
    • 2
    • 3
  • Daniel L. Stein
    • 4
    • 5
    • 6
  1. 1.Center for Applied Mathematics, Cornell UniversityIthacaUSA
  2. 2.Courant Institute, New York UniversityNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.NYU-ECNU Institute of Mathematical Sciences at NYU ShanghaiShanghaiChina
  4. 4.Department of Physics and Courant InstituteNew York UniversityNew YorkUSA
  5. 5.NYU-ECNU Institutes of Physics and Mathematical Sciences at NYU ShanghaiShanghaiChina
  6. 6.Santa Fe InstituteSanta FeUSA

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