J. Phys. I France
Volume 4, Numéro 8, August 1994
Page(s) 1109 - 1114
DOI: 10.1051/jp1:1994240
J. Phys. I France 4 (1994) 1109-1114

Short Communication

Self induced quenched disorder: a model for the glass transition

J.P. Bouchaud1 and M. Mézard2

1  Service de Physique de l'Etat Condensé, CEA-Saclay, Orme des Merisiers, 91191 Gif s/Yvette Cedex, France
2  Laboratoire de Physique Théorique, Ecole Normale Supérieure, 24 rue Lhomond, 75231 Paris Cedex 05, France

(Received 27 April 1994, received in final form 2 June 1994, accepted 8 June 1994)

We consider a simple spin system without disorder which exhibits a glassy regime. We show that this model can be well approximated by a system with quenched disorder which is studied with the standard methods developed in spin glasses. We propose that the glass transition is a point where quenched disorder is self induced; a scenario for which the `cavity' method might be particularly well suited.

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