The author considers layered systems with aperiodically modulated couplings and study the effect of inhomogeneity on the critical behaviour. Using scaling arguments a relevance/irrelevance-type criterion is formulated and for relevant inhomogeneities the scaling form of singular quantities is determined. The author has performed exact calculations for the surface magnetization of aperiodic quantum Ising chains and for a (1+1)-dimensional directed polymer in a longitudinal aperiodic environment. The results for both systems are in accord with scaling considerations. For a marginal aperiodicity the critical exponents are found to be non-universal.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
- Mathematical Physics
- Physics and Astronomy(all)