Critical phenomena at perfect and non-perfect surfaces

Pleimling, M. and Selke, W.
Institut für Theoretische Physik, Technische Hochschule Aachen,
D-52056 Aachen, Germany


The effect of imperfections on surface critical properties is studied for Ising models with nearest-neighbour ferromagnetic couplings on simple cubic lattices. In particular, results of Monte Carlo simulations for flat, perfect surfaces are compared to those for flat surfaces with random, 'weak' or 'strong', interactions between neighbouring spins in the surface layer, and for surfaces with steps of monoatomic height. Surface critical exponents at the ordinary transition, in particular $\beta_1 = 0.80 \pm 0.01$, are found to be robust against these perturbations.