Quantum Ashkin-Teller model near the decoupling limit

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The critical properties and the spectrum of the quantum Ashkin-Teller chain are investigated by perturbation expansion around the exactly soluble Ising decoupling limit. The critical exponents are found to satisfy the hyperscaling relation and they are consistent with the conjectured values. The critical Hamiltonian in the finite-size scaling limit is transformed into a two-band spin-1/2 Fermi system, where the interaction energy in first order is the product of the band magnetizations. The complete spectrum is shown to exhibit a conformal structure with infinite primary operators, the anomalous dimensions of which are consistent with a Gaussian form.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)311-330
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Statistical Physics
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 1989



  • Ashkin-Teller model
  • Conformal invariance
  • Gaussian operators
  • perturbation expansion
  • spin-1/2 Fermi system

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Mathematical Physics

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