Zero-temperature freezing in the three-dimensional kinetic Ising model
We investigate the relaxation of the Ising-Glauber model on a periodic cubic lattice after a quench to zero temperature. In contrast to the conventional picture from phase-ordering kinetics, we find the following: (i) Domains at long time are highly interpenetrating and topologically complex, with average genus growing algebraically with system size. (ii) The long-time state is almost never static, but rather contains “blinker” spins that can flip ad infinitum with no energy cost. (iii) The energy relaxation is extremely slow, with a characteristic time that grows exponentially with system size.