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The functional renormalization group treatment of disordered systems: a review

By Kay Jörg Wiese


We review current progress in the functional renormalization group treatment of disordered systems. After an elementary introduction into the phenomenology, we show why in the context of disordered systems a functional renormalization group treatment is necessary, contrary to pure systems, where renormalization of a single coupling constant is sufficient. This leads to a disorder distribution, which after a finite renomalization becomes non-analytic, thus overcoming the predictions of the seemingly exact dimensional reduction. We discuss, how a renormalizable field theory can be constructed, even beyond 1-loop order. We then discuss an elastic manifold imbedded in N dimensions, and give the exact solution for N → ∞. This is compared to predictions of the Gaussian replica variational ansatz, using replica symmetry breaking. We finally discuss depinning, both isotropic and anisotropic, and the scalin

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Year: 2003
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