The of phase of crystalline membranes

Mark J. Bowick, Simon M. Catterall, Marco Falcioni, Gudmar Thorleifsson, Koristantinos N. Anagnostopoulos

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We present the results of a high-statistics Monte Carlo simulation of a phantom crystalline (fixed-connectivity) membrane with free boundary. We verify the existence of a flat phase by examining lattices of size up to 1282. The Hamiltonian of the model is the sum of a simple spring pair potential, with no hard-core repulsion, and bending energy. The only free parameter is the bending rigidity K. Tri-plane elastic constants are not explicitly introduced. We obtain the remarkable result that this simple model dynamically generates the elastic constants required to stabilize the fiat phase. We present measurements of the size (Flory) exponent n and the roughness exponent £. We also determine the critical exponents r; and riu describing the scale dependence of the bending rigidity (re(o) <j7') and the induced elastic constants (A(q) p,(q) qr'"}. At bending rigidity K = 1.1, we find v = 0.95(5) (Hausdorff dimension du = 2/f = 2.1(1)), £= 0.64(2) and r>u = 0.50(1). These results are consistent with the scaling relation Ç= (2 4- T?u}/4. The additional scaling relation r; = 2(1 -() implies r? 0.72(4). A direct measurement of 77 from the power-Saw decay of the normal-normal correlation function yields 77 0.6 on the 1282 lattice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1321-1345
Number of pages25
JournalJournal de Physique I
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • General Engineering


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