Departmental Seminar

Constructive fun with doodles: from diagram algebras to exact solutions

Dr Jorgen Rasmussen
School of Mathematics and Physics, University of Queensland
Wednesday 1 October 2014 10.30–11.30am
Theoretical Physics seminar room, Le Couteur (Bldg #59), L.3.17

An informal introduction to loop models is presented. These models have become fundamental tools in the description of physical systems with nonlocal degrees of freedom such as polymers and percolation. Their basic degrees of freedom are encoded in connectivities and are thus topological in nature. As intimidating as this may sound, underlying diagram algebras offer unlimited doodling fun for the whole family and can be used to establish integrability of the associated physical models. Critical dense polymers, in particular, can subsequently be solved exactly in a way rivalled only by the Ising model.


Dr David Ridout

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