Ground state collapse at strong coupling

  • R. Hilfer


The infinite range Ising model is usually investigated in the weak coupling limit. Here the model is solved with ferromagnetic coupling at fixed and finite strength. Exact analytical expressions are found for the thermodynamic potentials as functions of enthalpy and external field. These results differ from the potentials  for the weak coupling limit. The model shows a temperature driven first order phase transition from a paramagnetic phase at high temperatures into a low temperature phase from which thermal fluctuations are absent.