Deviations from Perfect Memory in Spin Glass Temperature Cycling Experiments

M. Sasaki 1, V. Dupuis 2, J. -P. Bouchaud 2, E. Vincent 2

European Physical Journal B 29 (2002) 469

We study the deviations from perfect memory in negative temperature cycle spin glass experiments. It is known that the a.c. susceptibility after the temperature is raised back to its initial value is superimposed to the reference isothermal curve for large enough temperature jumps DT (perfect memory). For smaller DT, the deviation from this perfect memory has a striking non monotonous behavior: the memory anomaly is negative for small DT's, becomes positive for intermediate DT's, before vanishing for still larger DT's. We show that this interesting behavior can be reproduced by simple Random Energy trap models. We discuss an alternative interpretation in terms of droplets and temperature chaos.

  • 1. Laboratoire de Physique Théorique et Modèles Statistiques (LPTMS),
    CNRS : UMR8626 – Université Paris XI - Paris Sud
  • 2. Service de physique de l'état condensé (SPEC),
    CNRS : URA2464 – CEA : DSM/IRAMIS