We report results demonstrating a singularity in the hysteresis of magnetic materials, the reversal-field memory effect. This effect creates a nonanalyticity in the magnetization curves at a particular point related to the history of the sample. The microscopic origin of the effect is associated with a local spin-reversal symmetry of the underlying Hamiltonian. We show that the presence or absence of reversal-field memory distinguishes two widely studied models of spin glasses (random magnets).

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