The three-colour model with domain wall boundary conditions
Journal article, 2011
We study the partition function for the three-colour model with domain wall boundary conditions. We express it in terms of certain special polynomials, which can be constructed recursively. Our method generalizes Kuperberg's proof of the alternating sign matrix theorem, replacing the six-vertex model used by Kuperberg with the eight-vertex-solid-on-solid model. As applications, we obtain some combinatorial results on three-colourings. We also conjecture an explicit formula for the free energy of the model. (C) 2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Alternating sign matrix
affine root system
Domain wall boundary conditions