Domain Formation in Magnetic Polymer Composites: An Approach Via Stochastic Homogenization

Roberto Alicandro, Marco Cicalese, Matthias Ruf

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We study the magnetic energy of magnetic polymer composite materials as the average distance between magnetic particles vanishes. We model the position of these particles in the polymeric matrix as a stochastic lattice scaled by a small parameter ɛ and the magnets as classical $${\pm 1}$$±1 spin variables interacting via an Ising type energy. Under surface scaling of the energy we prove, in terms of Γ-convergence, that, up to subsequences, the (continuum) Γ-limit of these energies is finite on the set of Caccioppoli partitions representing the magnetic Weiss domains where it has a local integral structure. Assuming stationarity of the stochastic lattice, we can make use of ergodic theory to further show that the Γ-limit exists and that the integrand is given by an asymptotic homogenization formula which becomes deterministic if the lattice is ergodic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)945-984
Number of pages40
JournalArchive for Rational Mechanics and Analysis
Issue number2
StatePublished - 4 Nov 2015


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