Advanced Studies in Pure Mathematics

Boundary Conditions in Conformal Field Theory

John L. Cardy

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Abstract

We consider conformal field theories on manifolds with a boundary, and the constraints placed by modular invariance on their partition functions. In particular, the partition functions on an annulus with particular boundary conditions are given by the fusion rules. This leads to a simple derivation of the Verlinde formula. We note the remarkable fact that, for some integrable models, these partition functions have the same form away from criticality, with the modular parameter $q$ of the annulus replaced by a temperature-like variable, and give a partial explanation of this in the case of the Ising model.

Article information

Source
Integrable Systems in Quantum Field Theory and Statistical Mechanics, M. Jimbo, T. Miwa and A. Tsuchiya, eds. (Tokyo: Mathematical Society of Japan, 1989), 127-148

Dates
Received: 24 March 1989
First available in Project Euclid: 17 June 2018

Permanent link to this document
https://projecteuclid.org/ euclid.aspm/1529259753

Digital Object Identifier
doi:10.2969/aspm/01910127

Mathematical Reviews number (MathSciNet)
MR1048596

Zentralblatt MATH identifier
0696.17011

Citation

Cardy, John L. Boundary Conditions in Conformal Field Theory. Integrable Systems in Quantum Field Theory and Statistical Mechanics, 127--148, Mathematical Society of Japan, Tokyo, Japan, 1989. doi:10.2969/aspm/01910127. https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.aspm/1529259753


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