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George Moore, D.L. Humphrey, E.S. Dorman

Degree Program

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Degree Type

Master of Science


An alternate solution for the two-dimensional Ising model in a zero external magnetic field is presented. Following Kaufman, the partition function is written as the trace of a certain matrix product. The trace can be evaluated by computing the determinant of a related matrix. The determinant is evaluated by finding the product of its eigenvalues; in the thermodynamic limit the result is equivalent to that found by Onsager.


Physical Sciences and Mathematics | Physics

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