On spin chains and field theories

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We point out that the existence of global symmetries in a field theory is not an essential ingredient in its relation with an integrable model. We describe an obvious construction which, given an integrable spin chain, yields a field theory whose 1-loop scale transformations are generated by the spin chain hamiltonian. We also identify a necessary condition for a given field theory to be related to an integrable spin chain. As an example, we describe an anisotropic and parity-breaking generalization of the XXZ Heisenberg spin chain and its associated field theory. The system has no nonabelian global symmetries and generally does not admit a supersymmetric extension without the introduction of more propagating bosonic fields. For the case of a 2-state chain we find the spectrum and the eigenstates. For certain values of its coupling constants the field theory associated to this general type of chain is the bosonic sector of the q-deformation of M = 4 SYM theory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)519-536
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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