WIAS Preprint No. 1023, (2005)

Local energy statistics in disordered systems: A proof of the local REM conjecture


  • Bovier, Anton
  • Kurkova, Irina

2010 Mathematics Subject Classification

  • 60G70 82B45


  • universality, level statistics, random energy model, extreme value theory, disordered systems, spin glasses




Recently, Bauke and Mertens conjectured that the local statistics of energies in random spin systems with discrete spin space should in most circumstances be the same as in the random energy model. Here we give necessary conditions for this hypothesis to be true, which we show to hold in wide classes of examples: short range spin glasses and mean field spin glasses of the SK type. We also show that, under certain conditions, the conjecture holds even if energy levels that grow moderately with the volume of the system are considered.

Appeared in

  • Comm. Math. Phys., 263 (2006) pp. 513-533.

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