Spanning forests and OSP(N|2M) -invariant σ-models

Sergio Caracciolo, Alan D. Sokal, Andrea Sportiello

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    The present paper is part of our ongoing work on OSP(N|2M) supersymmetric σ-models, their relation with the Potts model at q = 0 and spanning forests, and the rigorous analytic continuation of the partition function as an entire function of N - 2M, a feature first predicted by Parisi and Sourlas in the 1970s. Here we accomplish two main steps. First, we analyze in detail the role of the Ising variables that arise when the constraint in the OSP(1|2) model is solved, and we point out two situations in which the Ising and forest variables decouple. Second, we establish the analytic continuation for the OSP(N|2M) model in some special cases: when the underlying graph is a forest, and for the Nienhuis action on a cubic graph. We also make progress in understanding the series-parallel graphs.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Article number114001
    JournalJournal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical
    Issue number11
    StatePublished - Feb 10 2017


    • Potts model
    • spanning forests
    • supersymmetric σ-models

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
    • Statistics and Probability
    • Modeling and Simulation
    • Mathematical Physics
    • General Physics and Astronomy


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