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Stochastic domination: the contact process, Ising models and FKG measures. (English) Zbl 1087.60074
Summary: We prove for the contact process on \(Z^d\), and many other graphs, that the upper invariant measure dominates a homogeneous product measure with large density if the infection rate \(\lambda\) is sufficiently large. As a consequence, this measure percolates if the corresponding product measure percolates. We raise the question of whether domination holds in the symmetric case for all infinite graphs of bounded degree. We study some asymmetric examples which we feel shed some light on this question. We next obtain necessary and sufficient conditions for domination of a product measure for “downward” FKG measures. As a consequence of this general result, we show that the plus and minus states for the Ising model on \(Z^d\) dominate the same set of product measures. We show that this latter fact fails completely on the homogeneous 3-ary tree. We also provide a different distinction between \(Z^d\) and the homogeneous 3-ary tree concerning stochastic domination and Ising models; while it is known that the plus states for different temperatures on \(Z^d\) are never stochastically ordered, on the homogeneous 3-ary tree, almost the complete opposite is the case. Next, we show that on \(Z^d\), the set of product measures which the plus state for the Ising model dominates is strictly increasing in the temperature. Finally, we obtain a necessary and sufficient condition for a finite number of variables, which are both FKG and exchangeable, to dominate a given product measure.

60K35 Interacting random processes; statistical mechanics type models; percolation theory
82B20 Lattice systems (Ising, dimer, Potts, etc.) and systems on graphs arising in equilibrium statistical mechanics
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