Comment on ‘Ultrametricity in the Edwards-Anderson Model’

Thomas Jorg 1, Florent Krzakala 2

Physical Review Letters 100 (2008) 159701

In a recent interesting Letter Contucci {\it et al.} have investigated several properties of the three-dimensional (3d) Edwards-Anderson (EA) Ising spin glass. They claim to have found strong numerical evidence for the presence of a complex ultrametric structure similar to the one described by the replica symmetry breaking solution of the mean field model. We illustrate by numerical simulations that the relations used by Contucci {\it et al.} as evidence for an ultrametric structure in the 3d EA model are fulfilled to similar accuracy in the two-dimensional EA model, which is well-described by the droplet picture and has no spin glass phase at finite temperature. We conclude that the data presented in the Contucci {\it et al.} Letter is not sufficient to dismiss the possibility that, e.g., the droplet model might describe the behavior of the 3d EA model.

  • 1. Laboratoire de Physique Théorique et Modèles Statistiques (LPTMS),
    CNRS : UMR8626 – Université Paris XI - Paris Sud
  • 2. Laboratoire de Physico-Chimie Théorique (LPCT),
    CNRS : UMR7083 – ESPCI ParisTech