Universality Classes Different from Directed Percolation

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As we have seen in the previous chapters, universality classes of continuous phase transitions are usually characterised by the dimensionality, the type of order parameters, and a set of certain symmetries. For example, in equilibrium statistical mechanics, the hallmark of an Ising transition is a discrete ℤ2-symmetry under spin reversal. Sometimes these symmetries are implemented as exact symmetries on the microscopic level. In many cases, however, they emerge only as asymptotic symmetries. A simple example is directed percolation, which is symmetric under rapidity-reversal (see Sect. 4.1.2) within the corresponding path integral formulation [496, 331]. Generally this symmetry is not present on the level of the microscopic dynamics, instead it emerges only asymptotically on a coarse-grained scale near criticality, where all irrelevant terms of the underlying field theory can be neglected. It is therefore not always possible to determine a system’s universality class just by identifying the symmetries of its microscopic dynamics.

Fortunately, the DP universality class can be characterised by very few properties: According to the DP-conjecture by Janssen and Grassberger [326, 240] (see Sect. 3.2.2), systems with short-range interactions, exhibiting a continuous phase transition into a single absorbing state, belong generically to the DP universality class, provided that they are characterised by a onecomponent order parameter without additional symmetries and without unconventional features such as quenched disorder. Non-DP behaviour is expected to occur in systems where at least one of these requirements is not fulfilled. Therefore, it is interesting to search systematically for other universality classes of non-equilibrium phase transitions.


Domain Wall Ising Model Critical Exponent Universality Class Scaling Behaviour 
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