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Kohei Motegi, "Izergin-Korepin Analysis on the Projected Wavefunctions of the Generalized Free-Fermion Model", Advances in Mathematical Physics, vol. 2017, Article ID 7563781, 11 pages, 2017. https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/7563781
Izergin-Korepin Analysis on the Projected Wavefunctions of the Generalized Free-Fermion Model
We apply the Izergin-Korepin analysis to the study of the projected wavefunctions of the generalized free-fermion model. We introduce a generalization of the -operator of the six-vertex model by Bump-Brubaker-Friedberg and Bump-McNamara-Nakasuji. We make the Izergin-Korepin analysis to characterize the projected wavefunctions and show that they can be expressed as a product of factors and certain symmetric functions which generalizes the factorial Schur functions. This result can be seen as a generalization of the Tokuyama formula for the factorial Schur functions.
Integrable lattice models [1–4] are special classes of models in statistical physics in which many exact calculations are believed to be able to be done. The most local object in integrable models is called the -matrix, and its mathematical structure was revealed in the mid-1980s [5, 6]. The underlying mathematical structure was named as the quantum groups, and the investigation of the quantum groups naturally leads to immediate constructions of various -matrices.
From the point of view of statistical physics, -matrices are the most local objects, and the study on the -matrices is a starting point. The most important objects in statistical physics are partition functions. For the case of integrable models, partition functions are objects constructed from multiple -matrices and are determined by boundary conditions. One of the most famous partition functions in integrable lattice models are the domain wall boundary partition functions which was first introduced and analyzed in [7, 8]. In recent years, a more general class of partition functions which we shall call as the projected wavefunctions are attracting attention in its relation with algebraic combinatorics. The projected wavefunctions are the projection of the off-shell Bethe vector of integrable models into a class of some simple states labelled by the sequences of the particles or down spins. For the case of the free-fermion model in an external field, it was first shown by Bump-Brubaker-Friedberg  that the projected wavefunctions give a natural realization of the Tokuyama combinatorial formula for the Schur functions , which is a one-parameter deformation of the Weyl character formula (note that there are pioneering works using the free-fermion model implicitly in [11–13], and the Izergin-Korepin analysis and observation of the factorization phenomena on the domain wall boundary partition functions of the related models are called the Perk-Schultz (supersymmetric vertex) model  and the Felderhof free-fermion model  in [16, 17]. There is also an application to the correlation functions in ). This observation triggered studies on finding various generalizations and variations of the Tokuyama-type formula for symmetric functions [19–27] such as the factorial Schur functions and symplectic Schur functions, and an interesting notion was introduced furthermore which the number theorists call it the metaplectic ice.
In this paper, we analyze the free-fermion model using the method initiated by Izergin-Korepin [7, 8]. The method was developed by them in order to find the explicit expression of polynomials representing the domain wall boundary partition functions of the six-vertex model, from which the famous Izergin-Korepin determinant formula was found. The Izergin-Korepin analysis is the important method to study variants of the domain wall boundary partition functions. For example, it was applied to the domain wall boundary partition functions of the six-vertex model with reflecting end by Tsuchiya  to find its determinant formula. Extending the Izergin-Korepin analysis to more general class of partition functions is also important. Wheeler  invented a method to extend the Izergin-Korepin analysis on a class of partition functions called the scalar products. And in our very recent work , we extended the Izergin-Korepin analysis to study the projected wavefunctions of the six-vertex model. The resulting symmetric polynomials representing the projected wavefunctions contains the Grothendieck polynomials as a special case when the six-vertex model reduces to the five-vertex model [31–33]. We apply this technique to study the free-fermion model in an external field. To this end, we first introduce an ultimate generalization of the -operator by introducing the inhomogeneous parameters and factorial parameters. We use an inhomogeneous version of the generalized -operator in our forthcoming paper  having two types of factorial parameters, which generalizes the factorial -operator by Bump-McNamara-Nakasuji . We next view the projected wavefunctions as a function of the inhomogeneous parameters and characterize its properties by using the Izergin-Korepin analysis. We then show that the product of factors and certain symmetric functions satisfies all the required properties the projected wavefunctions must satisfy. The result is a generalization of [9, 22] and hence can be viewed as a generalization of the Tokuyama for the factorial Schur functions. The Izergin-Korepin analysis views the partition functions as functions of inhomogeneous parameters in the quantum spaces, whereas the arguments initiated in  view the partition functions as functions of the free parameter in the auxiliary spaces. The comparison of the two different ways of arguments seems to be interesting.
We will use the results of the projected wavefunctions to the algebraic combinatorial study of the generalized Schur functions . For example, two ways of evaluations of the same partition functions can lead to integrable model constructions of algebraic identities of the symmetric functions. For example, two ways of evaluations of the domain wall boundary partition functions, a direct evaluation and an indirect evaluation using the completeness relation and the projected wavefunctions, can give rise to the dual Cauchy formula of the generalized Schur functions. This idea can also be applied to partition functions of integrable models under reflecting boundary to give dual Cauchy identities of the generalized symplectic Schur functions. Further detailed Izergin-Korepin analysis on the domain wall boundary partition functions and the dual projected wavefunctions are required for the studies.
There are also studies on deriving Cauchy identities using the domain wall boundary partition functions like an intertwiner, invented in . Deriving algebraic combinatorial properties of symmetric functions using their integrable model realizations is an active line of research. See [36–40] for more examples on Cauchy-type identities and more recent studies on the Littlewood-Richardson coefficients by [33, 41].
In any case, in order to conduct these studies, we first of all have to find out what are the explicit functions representing the projected wavefunctions. We think the Izergin-Korepin analysis presented in this paper is a fairly simple way to find out the explicit forms.
This paper is organized as follows. In the next section, we first list the generalized -operator and introduce the projected wavefunctions. In Section 3, we make the Izergin-Korepin analysis and list the properties needed to determine the explicit form of the projected wavefunctions. In Section 4, we show that the product of factors and certain symmetric functions satisfies all the required properties extracted from the Izergin-Korepin analysis, which means that the product is the explicit form of the projected wavefunctions. Section 5 is devoted to the conclusion of this paper.
2. The Generalized Free-Fermion Model and the Projected Wavefunctions
The most fundamental objects in integrable lattice models are the -matrices and -operators. The -matrix of the free-fermion model we treat in this paper is given byacting on the tensor product of the complex two-dimensional space .
The -operator of the free-fermion model we use as bulk pieces of the projected wavefunctions in this paper is given byacting on the tensor product of the space and the two-dimensional Fock space at the th site .
The parameters , , and can be regarded as parameters associated with the quantum space . The -operators giving the Schur functions  and factorial Schur functions  are a special limit of the generalized -operator (2) given byrespectively.
Let us denote the orthonormal basis of and its dual as and and the orthonormal basis of and its dual as and . The matrix elements of the -operator can be written as , which we will use this form in the next section. See Figure 1 for a pictorial description of the -operator (2).
The -matrices and the -operators have origins in statistical physics, and or its dual can be regarded as a hole state, while or its dual can be interpreted as a particle state from the point of view of statistical physics. We sometimes use the terms hole states and particle states to describe states constructed from , , , and , since they are convenient for the description of the states. In the quantum inverse scattering method, the Fock spaces and are usually called the auxiliary and quantum spaces, respectively.
For later convenience, we also define the following Pauli spin operators and as operators acting on the (dual) orthonormal basis as
The matrix elements , , , and are called the operators, which are matrices acting on the tensor product of the quantum spaces .
To create projected wavefunctions, what is important is the -operator (Figure 2(b)) which has the role of creating particles in the quantum spaces . We next introduce the following state vector.
uses the -operators aswhere is the vacuum state in the tensor product of quantum spaces.
Due to the so-called ice rule of the -operator unless , each -operator creates one particle in the quantum spaces. From this fact and since the state vector (8) is constructed from -layers of the -operators acting on the vacuum state , the state vector (8) is an -particle state for . To construct a nonvanishing inner product, we introduce the dual -particle state:which are states labelling the configurations of particles .
In the next section, we examine the properties of the projected wavefunctions. Here we just remark that the projected wavefunctions of the free-fermion model treated in this paper is not symmetric with respect to the spectral parameters . This is in contrast to the case of the projected wavefunctions of the six-vertex model, where they are symmetric with respect to the spectral variables, and in that case the Grothendieck polynomials and its quantum group deformation appear. This fact for the properties of the spectral variables of the free-fermion model leads to the Tokuyama formula  for the Schur functions, as was first found in .
3. Izergin-Korepin Analysis
By the Izergin-Korepin analysis, we examine the properties of the projected wavefunctions in this section.
Proposition 1. The projected wavefunctions satisfy the following properties.
(1) is a polynomial of degree in .
(2) The projected wavefunctions with the ordering of the spectral parameters permuted , are related to the unpermuted one by the following relation:(3) The following recursive relations between the projected wavefunctions hold if :When evaluated at , we haveIf , the following factorizations hold for the projected wavefunctions:(4) The following holds for the case , :
Proof. Let us first show Properties (1) and (3) for the case .
To show Property (1) when , we first express the projected wavefunctions in terms of the vertical transfer matrix:Using this vertical transfer matrix, the projected wavefunctions can be rewritten asInserting the completeness relation in one particle sectorinto (19), we haveIn the right-hand side of (21), the parameter depends only on , whose matrix elements can be easily calculated from its graphical representation asSince the matrix elements (22) are a polynomial of degree in , one finds that the projected wavefunctions are a polynomial of degree in .
Let us next show Property (3) for the case . We first remark that since the projected wavefunctions are a polynomial of degree in , one needs to evaluate distinct points in for the Izergin-Korepin trick to be successful. Equation (12) is the result of the evaluation at the point . The points , can be evaluated using Property (2); hence if one shows that certain functions satisfy Property (2), it remains to consider the evaluation at . The evaluation at essentially gives evaluations at distinct points. We need one more point to be evaluated. An easy point to be evaluated is , whose result is (13). Let us show these two results of the evaluations.
The recursion relation (12) can be shown as follows. First, from the decomposition (21) and the explicit form of the matrix elements (22), one finds that, after the substitution , only the term of the sum in (21) survives and we haveSince we can calculate the right-hand side of (23) furthermore aswe can express the evaluation of at asThe evaluation at (13) can be easily seen by the expansion (21) and the fact that all the matrix elements (22) contain the factor .
Properties (1) and (3) for the case can be shown much easier. Using the ice rule , one can easily find the following factorization:This shows Properties (1) and (3) for the case .
Property (2) can be shown as follows. Using the relation repeatedly, one gets the intertwining relation between the monodromy matrices:An element of the intertwining relation (27) gives the commutation relation between the -operators:Since the projected wavefunctions (10) are constructed from -layers of -operators, the effect of reordering the spectral parameters of the -operators can be traced using the commutation relation (28).
What finally remains is Property (4), which can also easily calculated.
Before presenting the solution in the next section, we explain here why the Izergin-Korepin analysis uniquely defines the projected wavefunctions. The idea is based on the following fact: if there are two polynomials and of of degree , and the evaluations of the two polynomials at distinct points are the same ( for , such that , ), then the two polynomials are exactly the same, that is, for all . The idea of Izergin-Korepin analysis is to relate the projected wavefunctions to smaller ones by using the above fact. The point is to regard as a polynomial of a single variable . By Property (1) in Proposition 1, is a polynomial of degree in . If , one can evaluate the projected wavefunction at the following points: , , . The evaluations at and can be obtained by its graphical representation and can be expressed by using the smaller projected wavefunction , which is (12) and (13) of Property (3). The evaluations at points , can be obtained from the evaluation at using Property (2). This idea is essentially the same with the Izergin-Korepin analysis for the domain wall boundary partition functions.
For the case of projected wavefunctions, there is another case we have to consider: the case when . For this case, it is easier to connect the projected wavefunctions from its graphical description, and we have (14). Note that the smaller projected wavefunctions connected are which are different from the one for the case when .
In both cases and , we are able to connect the projected wavefunctions of different sizes, and, continuing this process successively, the relations can be regarded as recursion relations between projected wavefunctions. For the Izergin-Korepin analysis to be successful such that it gives the uniqueness of the projected wavefunctions, we need the initial condition for the recursion relations, and it is Property (4) in Proposition 1. Hence, if one finds an explicit function satisfying all the properties in Proposition 1, it is the one representing the projected wavefunctions. This is given in the next section.
4. Generalized Schur Functions
Definition 2. We define the following symmetric function which depends on the symmetric variables , complex parameters , , and integers satisfying :
The symmetric function (29) is a generalization of the (factorial) Schur functions. Equation (29) can be rewritten in the form using Young diagrams asHere, is a set of variables and denotes a Young diagram with weakly decreasing nonnegative integers , and . is an determinant:whereThe Young diagrams () in form (30) and the sequence of integers satisfying in (29) representing are connected by the translation rule , .
In the limit , , , , we can see from form (30) that reduces to the factorial Schur functions. If one furthermore sets , , it further reduces to the Schur functions.
We have the following correspondence between the projected wavefunctions of the integrable model and the generalized Schur function .
Theorem 3. The projected wavefunctions of the generalized free-fermion model are explicitly expressed as the product of factors and the symmetric function :
Proof. Let us denote the right-hand side of (33) as :We prove this theorem by showing that satisfies all four properties in Proposition 1.
To show Property (1), first note that the factor in is a polynomial of degree in if and degree if . For the case , one sees that the dependence on just only comes from this factor. For the case , there is a factor coming from the overall factor . Thus, is a polynomial of degree in for both cases and ; hence Property (1) is proved.
Let us next show Property (2). First, note that which is a part of that is symmetric with respect to since both the denominator and the numeratorare antisymmetric with respect to simple permutations of the spectral parameters . This meansLooking at the other factor which constructs the function , we have