Statistical topography of glassy interfaces

Chen Zeng, Jané Kondev, D. McNamara, A. A. Middleton

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The statistical topography of two-dimensional interfaces in the presence of quenched disorder is studied utilizing combinatorial optimization algorithms. Finite-size scaling is used to measure geometrical exponents associated with contour loops and fully packed loops. We find that contour-loop exponents depend on the type of disorder (periodic vs nonperiodic) and that they satisfy scaling relations characteristic of self-affine rough surfaces. Fully packed loops on the other hand are not affected by disorder with geometrical exponents that take on their pure values.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)109-112
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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