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Ising model

The Ising model, named after Ernst Ising, is a model in statistical mechanics. It can be represented on a graph where its configuration space is the set of all possible assignments of +1 or -1 to each vertex of the graph. To complete the model, a function, E(e) must be defined, giving the difference between the energy of the "bond" associated with the edge when the spins on both ends of the bond are opposite than when they are aligned. It's also possible to have an external magnetic field.

At a finite temperature, T, the probability of a configuration is proportional to

See partition function (statistical mechanics).

The Ising model undergoes a phase transition between an ordered and a disordered phase in 2 dimensions or more. In 2 dimensions, the Ising model has a strong/weak duality (between high temperatures and low ones) called the Kramers-Wannier duality. The fixed point of this duality is at the second-order phase transition temperature.

See also: XY model, Potts model

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