The Bethe ansatz for the six-vertex and XXZ models: an exposition.

*(English)*Zbl 1430.60080Summary: In this paper, we review a few known facts on the coordinate Bethe ansatz. We present a detailed construction of the Bethe ansatz vector \(\psi\) and energy \(\Lambda\), which satisfy \(V\psi =\Lambda\psi\), where \(V\) is the transfer matrix of the six-vertex model on a finite square lattice with periodic boundary conditions for weights \(a=b=1\) and \(c>0\). We also show that the same vector \(\psi\) satisfies \(H\psi =E\psi \), where \(H\) is the Hamiltonian of the XXZ model (which is the model for which the Bethe ansatz was first developed), with a value \(E\) computed explicitly.

Variants of this approach have become central techniques for the study of exactly solvable statistical mechanics models in both the physics and mathematics communities. Our aim in this paper is to provide a pedagogically-minded exposition of this construction, aimed at a mathematical audience. It also provides the opportunity to introduce the notation and framework which will be used in a subsequent paper by the authors [“Discontinuity of the phase transition for the planar random-cluster and Potts models with \(q>4\)”, Preprint, Z^2\) with cluster weight \(q>4\) exhibits a first-order phase transition.

Variants of this approach have become central techniques for the study of exactly solvable statistical mechanics models in both the physics and mathematics communities. Our aim in this paper is to provide a pedagogically-minded exposition of this construction, aimed at a mathematical audience. It also provides the opportunity to introduce the notation and framework which will be used in a subsequent paper by the authors [“Discontinuity of the phase transition for the planar random-cluster and Potts models with \(q>4\)”, Preprint, Z^2\) with cluster weight \(q>4\) exhibits a first-order phase transition.

##### MSC:

60K35 | Interacting random processes; statistical mechanics type models; percolation theory |

82B20 | Lattice systems (Ising, dimer, Potts, etc.) and systems on graphs arising in equilibrium statistical mechanics |

82B23 | Exactly solvable models; Bethe ansatz |

82B26 | Phase transitions (general) in equilibrium statistical mechanics |

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