Long-Range Order and Directional Defect Propagation in the Nonreciprocal $\mathit{XY}$ Model with Vision Cone Interactions

We study a two-dimensional, nonreciprocal XY model, where each spin interacts only with its nearest neighbors in a certain angle around its current orientation, i.e., its “vision cone.” Using energetic arguments and Monte Carlo simulations, we show that a true long-range ordered phase emerges. A necessary ingredient is a configuration-dependent bond dilution entailed by the vision cones. Strikingly, defects propagate in a directional manner, thereby breaking the parity and time-reversal symmetry of the spin dynamics. This is detectable by a nonzero entropy production rate.

  • Received 23 June 2022
  • Revised 1 December 2022
  • Accepted 11 April 2023

DOI:https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.130.198301

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Statistical Physics

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