Symmetry, Integrability and Geometry: Methods and Applications (SIGMA)

SIGMA 8 (2012), 086, 13 pages      arXiv:1208.0809
Contribution to the Special Issue “Superintegrability, Exact Solvability, and Special Functions”

On Affine Fusion and the Phase Model

Mark A. Walton
Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Alberta, T1K 3M4, Canada

Received August 01, 2012, in final form November 08, 2012; Published online November 15, 2012

A brief review is given of the integrable realization of affine fusion discovered recently by Korff and Stroppel. They showed that the affine fusion of the su(n) Wess-Zumino-Novikov-Witten (WZNW) conformal field theories appears in a simple integrable system known as the phase model. The Yang-Baxter equation leads to the construction of commuting operators as Schur polynomials, with noncommuting hopping operators as arguments. The algebraic Bethe ansatz diagonalizes them, revealing a connection to the modular S matrix and fusion of the su(n) WZNW model. The noncommutative Schur polynomials play roles similar to those of the primary field operators in the corresponding WZNW model. In particular, their 3-point functions are the su(n) fusion multiplicities. We show here how the new phase model realization of affine fusion makes obvious the existence of threshold levels, and how it accommodates higher-genus fusion.

Key words: affine fusion; phase model; integrable system; conformal field theory; noncommutative Schur polynomials; threshold level; higher-genus Verlinde dimensions.

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