Is the phase transition of the three-state potts model continuous in three dimensions?

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The internal energy and the order parameter of the three-state Potts model in a simple cubic lattice are calculated using the Monte Carlo technique. Both properties exhibit metastabilities in a small temperature region demonstrating that the phase transition is of first order. This result is in agreement with the prediction of the ε expansion but in contrast to the position-space renormalization-group calculations which lead to a continuous transition.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number23
Pages (from-to)1736-1739
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1979

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