WIAS Preprint No. 2264, (2016)

Planelike interfaces in long-range Ising models and connections with nonlocal minimal surfaces


  • Cozzi, Matteo
  • Dipierro, Serena
  • Valdinoci, Enrico
    ORCID: 0000-0001-6222-2272

2010 Mathematics Subject Classification

  • 82C20 82B05 35R11


  • planelike minimizers, phase transitions, spin models, Ising models, long-range interactions, nonlocal minimal surfaces


This paper contains three types of results: the construction of ground state solutions for a long-range Ising model whose interfaces stay at a bounded distance from any given hyperplane, the construction of nonlocal minimal surfaces which stay at a bounded distance from any given hyperplane, the reciprocal approximation of ground states for long-range Ising models and nonlocal minimal surfaces. In particular, we establish the existence of ground state solutions for long-range Ising models with planelike interfaces, which possess scale invariant properties with respect to the periodicity size of the environment. The range of interaction of the Hamiltonian is not necessarily assumed to be finite and also polynomial tails are taken into account (i.e. particles can interact even if they are very far apart the one from the other).
In addition, we provide a rigorous bridge between the theory of long-range Ising models and that of nonlocal minimal surfaces, via some precise limit result.

Appeared in

  • J. Stat. Phys., 167:6 (2017) pp. 1401--1451.

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