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### How is the Ising model an example of a lattice model as per Kontsevich?

In section 3.2 of Kontsevich's very interesting paper "Notes on motives in finite characteristic,", he gives an axiomatic definition of a "lattice model" attached to a Boltzmann datum (V_1,V_2,R), ...

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### Is there a mathematical axiomatization of time (other than, perhaps, entropy)?

Since Euclid's axiomatization of space, we have developed a sophisticated mathematical model of space. Given a category of structures (measures), local space is modeled the spectrum of measurements ...

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### Exponential bounds for the number of lattice animals with a given boundary.

Hi all,
I am doing a work in collaboration with other mathematicians about phase transition in the Ising model and we need to know if exponential upper bounds exist for the number of lattice animals ...

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### Maximal clique intersection graphs

Consider graph $T$ where nodes correspond to maximal cliques of some graph $G$ and two nodes can be connected if corresponding cliques intersect. Clique tree is an example when $T$ is required to be a ...

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### Self-avoiding Walk with next-nearest neighbors

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I study polymer physics and am doing experiments testing the model outlined in this paper. Basically, the polymers fall into an integer number of pits, and we create a partition function ...

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### Ising model on groups

Can anything interesting be deduced about the properties of a group from the behavior of the Ising model on its Cayley graph? (i.e. existence and character of phase transitions, critical behavior) I'm ...

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### Is there an example of Gibbs measure that is not a weak limit of finite volume Gibbs measure ?

Consider the first neighbors Ising model in $\mathbb Z^2$, with the Hamiltonian in the finite volume $\Lambda\subset\mathbb{Z}^2$ given by
$$
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### Wick rotation and the Riemann zeta function

The goal of this question is to conceptualize in some way the fact that the Riemann zeta function $\zeta(s)$, and other zeta functions like it, have analytic continuations.
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I have by now ...

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### finding set of tree decompositions to cover all pairs of vertices

I first asked this on cstheory.SE but got no reply.
Let $P(X_i=x)$ represent probability that randomly chosen proper $q$-coloring of an $L\times L$ square grid contains color $x$ at position $i$. How ...

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### Connective constant for self-avoiding walks on a skip-chain

Suppose we have an undirected graph with integer valued nodes where $0<|i-j|\le 2$ implies nodes $i$ and $j$ are connected. Let $c_n$ be the number of self-avoiding walks on this graph of length ...

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### On generalisation of Aizenman-Higuchi Theorem

Let $\mathbb Z^2$ denote the two-dimensional integer lattice with norm of $i=(i_1,i_2)$ given by $\|i\|=|i_1|+|i_2|$.
For each $x\in\mathbb Z^2$, we assign a uniform random variable, $\sigma_x$ ...

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### For Ising models on finite graphs, is the gradient of Z (w/r/t coupling and field) easier to compute than Z?

Suppose we have a graph $G$ with $n$ vertices, edgeset $E$, $\mathcal{X}=\{1,-1\}^n$. The partition function of the spin-1/2 Ising model on $G$ is
$$Z(J,h)=\sum_{x\in \mathcal{X}} \exp\left(J ...

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### Is there a percolation threshold in the hard discs model?

Take a random configuration of $n$ non-overlapping discs of radius $r$ in the unit square $[0,1]^2$. (You could think of this as taking $n$ points uniform randomly in $[r,1-r]^2$ and then restricting ...

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### Why, and how badly, does the proof of “no percolation at the critical point in half-spaces” fail for full spaces?

The proof by Barsky et. al. that there is no percolation in half-spaces proceeds by a dynamic renormalization argument. The proof couples critical percolation in the half-space $\mathbb{H}^d$ with a ...

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### Pennies on a carpet problem

I recently read the following "open problem" titled "Pennies on a carpet" in "An Introduction To Probability and Random Processes" by Baclawski and Rota (page viii of book, page 10 of following ...

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### Does there exist a potential which realizes this strange quantum mechanical system?

I have done some courses on quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics in the past. Since I also do math, I wonder about converge issues which are usually not such a problem in physics. One of those ...

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### Statistical physics of string theory

Is there any connection between statistical physics and string theory, or a statistical interpretation of string theory, perhaps? I mean, the way electromagnetic forces and thermodynamic laws are ...

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### Can I derive the Boltzmann distribution by an invariance argument?

In statistical mechanics, the Boltzmann distribution gives the probability of a system being in state $i$ as
$$\displaystyle \frac{e^{- \beta E_i}}{\sum_i e^{-\beta E_i}}$$
where $E_i$ is the energy ...

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### Mathematica/Matlab/other for calculating Onsager's exact solution to the 2d Ising model

Would anybody be able to share a Mathematica/Matlab/other script for calculating Onsager's exact solution for the magnetisation of the 2d Ising model? I would be most grateful of one in order to test ...

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### Persistence of fixed points under perturbation in dynamical systems

Suppose we have a smooth dynamical system on $R^n$ (defined by a system of ODEs). Assuming that the system has a finite set of fixed points, I am interested in knowing (or obtaining references about) ...

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### For which values of $N$ is known the Lieb-Simon Inequality for $Z_N$ Models ?

Background:
Let $\mathbb Z^d$ denote the $d$-dimensional integer lattice with norm $|x|=\sum_i|x_i|$.
For each $x\in\mathbb Z^d$ we associate a spin variable, $\sigma_x$ taking values on the set
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### Learning statistical mechanics for non-particle phenomena

I'm interested in various areas of complex systems, and I often come across articles like these:
http://arxiv.org/PS_cache/cond-mat/pdf/0106/0106096v1.pdf
http://arxiv.org/abs/cond-mat/9804180
The ...

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### Existence of Limiting Distribution for Moving Regions in Stat. Phys. Models

As the title (hopefully) suggests, I've been trying to prove (or disprove) the existence of a limiting distribution for a certain projection in a statistical physics model. I'll give the details of ...

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### What is the underlying graphical calculus of the Interactions-Round-a-Face lattice model?

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Let $\mathcal{L}$ be an $m \times n$ square lattice on a torus, and let $\Sigma$ be a finite set. We think of $\Sigma$ as the possible spin values that can be assigned to the points of the ...

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### Entropy of Markov processes

Consider a Markov process $X_t$ with generator $L$ and invariant distribution $\pi$, whose distribution at time $t$ is given by $\pi(t,dx)=\phi(t,x) \pi(dx)$ - in other word, $\phi(t,x)$ is the ...

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### Mathematical means of studying large and complex but finite systems?

I want a list of the sort of mathematics/mathematical tools that are applied to the study of complex and probabilistic systems in order to make quantitative and qualitative observations about their ...

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### Why don't existence and uniqueness for the Boltzmann equation imply the same for Navier-Stokes?

As I understand it, Lions and DiPerna demonstrated existence and uniqueness for the Boltzmann equation. Moreover, this paper claims that
Appropriately scaled families of
DiPerna–Lions ...

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### What (if anything) happened to Viennot's theory of Heaps of pieces?

In 1986 G.X. Viennot published "Heaps of pieces, I : Basic definitions and combinatorial lemmas" where he developed the theory of heaps of pieces, from the abstract: a geometric interpretation of ...

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### Examples of Slowly Mixing Chains in Statistics

This should probably be community wiki, but I don't know how to set that myself.
I'm looking for examples or Markov chains that are used in statistics or statistical physics, and which are known to ...

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### What is known about first return times to Markov partitions for Anosov diffeomorphisms?

Consider an Anosov diffeomorphism $T: M \rightarrow M$ and a corresponding Markov partition $\mathcal{R}$ of $M$. For $x \in M$, let $\mathcal{R}(x)$ denote the element of $\mathcal{R}$ containing $x$ ...