WIAS Preprint No. 221, (1996)

Distribution of Overlap Profiles in the One-Dimensional Kac-Hopfield Model


  • Bovier, Anton
  • Gayrard, Véronique
  • Picco, Pierre

2010 Mathematics Subject Classification

  • 82B44 82C32 60K35


  • Hopfield model, Kac-potentials large deviations, mesoscopic scales




We study a one-dimensional version of the Hopfield model with long, but finite range interactions below the critical temperature.In the thermodynamic limit we obtain large deviation estimates for the distribution of the "local" overlaps, the range of the interaction, γ-1, being the large parameter. We show in particular that the local overlaps in a typical Gibbs configuration are constant and equal to one of the mean-field equilibrium values on a scale o(γ-2). We also give estimates on the size of typical "jumps". i.e. the regions where transitions from one equilibrium value to another take place. Contrary to the situation in the ferromagnetic Kac-model, the structure of the profiles is found to be governed by the quenched disorder rather than by entropy.

Appeared in

  • Comm. Math. Phys. 186 (1997) pp. 323-379

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