Baxter Q-Operators and Representations of Yangians

Vladimir V. Bazhanov, Rouven Frassek, Tomasz Lukowski, Carlo Meneghelli, Matthias Staudacher

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We develop a new approach to Baxter Q-operators by relating them to the theory of Yangians, which are the simplest examples for quantum groups. Here we open up a new chapter in this theory and study certain degenerate solutions of the Yang-Baxter equation connected with harmonic oscillator algebras. These infinite-state solutions of the Yang-Baxter equation serve as elementary, "partonic" building blocks for other solutions via the standard fusion procedure. As a first example of the method we consider sl(n) compact spin chains and derive the full hierarchy of operatorial functional equations for all related commuting transfer matrices and Q-operators. This leads to a systematic and transparent solution of these chains, where the nested Bethe equations are derived in an entirely algebraic fashion, without any reference to the traditional Bethe ansatz techniques.
Original languageEnglish
JournalNuclear Physics B
Publication statusPublished - 18 Oct 2010


  • math-ph
  • cond-mat.stat-mech
  • hep-th
  • math.MP


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