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Fusion in the periodic Temperley-Lieb algebra and connectivity operators of loop models

Yacine Ikhlef, Alexi Morin-Duchesne

SciPost Phys. 12, 030 (2022) · published 20 January 2022


In two-dimensional loop models, the scaling properties of critical random curves are encoded in the correlators of connectivity operators. In the dense O($n$) loop model, any such operator is naturally associated to a standard module of the periodic Temperley-Lieb algebra. We introduce a new family of representations of this algebra, with connectivity states that have two marked points, and argue that they define the fusion of two standard modules. We obtain their decomposition on the standard modules for generic values of the parameters, which in turn yields the structure of the operator product expansion of connectivity operators.

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