The flat phase of fixed-connectivity membranes

M. J. Bowick, S. M. Catterall, M. Falcioni, G. Thorleifsson, K. Anagnostopoulos

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The statistical mechanics of flexible two-dimensional surfaces (membranes) appears in a wide variety of physical settings. In this talk we discuss the simplest case of fixed-connectivity surfaces. We first review the current theoretical understanding of the remarkable flat phase of such membranes. We then summarize the results of a recent large scale Monte Carlo simulation of the simplest conceivable discrete realization of this system [1]. We verify the existence of long-range order, determine the associated critical exponents of the flat phase and compare the results to the predictions of various theoretical models.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)746-752
Number of pages7
JournalNuclear Physics B - Proceedings Supplements
Issue number1-3
StatePublished - Feb 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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