Glassy dynamics in thermally activated list sorting

Ling Nan Zou, Sidney R. Nagel

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Sorting the integers 1 through N into an ordered list is a simple task that can be done rapidly. However, using an algorithm based on the thermally activated pairwise exchanges of neighboring list elements, we find sorting can display many features of a glass, even for lists as small as N=5. This includes memory and rejuvenation effects during aging-two hallmarks of glassy dynamics that have been difficult to reproduce in standard glass simulations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number257201
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number25
StatePublished - Jun 25 2010


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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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