Spectrum of a duality-twisted Ising quantum chain

Grimm, Uwe (2002). Spectrum of a duality-twisted Ising quantum chain. Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and General, 35(3) L25-L30.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1088/0305-4470/35/3/101


The Ising quantum chain with a peculiar twisted boundary condition is considered. This boundary condition, first introduced in the framework of the spin-1/2 XXZ Heisenberg quantum chain, is related to the duality transformation, which becomes a symmetry of the model at the critical point. Thus, at the critical point, the Ising quantum chain with the duality-twisted boundary is translationally invariant, as in the case of the usual periodic or antiperiodic boundary conditions. The complete energy spectrum of the Ising quantum chain is calculated analytically for finite systems, and the conformal properties of the scaling limit are investigated. This provides an explicit example of a conformal twisted boundary condition and a corresponding generalized twisted partition function.

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