The Ising quantum chain with defects (I). The exact solution

Malte Henkel, András Patkós, Martin Schlottmann

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The Ising quantum chain with n arbitrarily placed defects is solved exactly. At the bulk critical point, the model is conformally invariant if and only if the defects form a commensurate structure. The central charge is obtained and is found to be a discontinuous function of the distances of the defects, while the critical exponents (generalized corner exponents) depend continuously on the positions of the defects. It is argued that the discontinuous behavior of the central charge is a general feature not restricted to the Ising model.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)609-624
Number of pages16
JournalNuclear Physics, Section B
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 6 1989


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  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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