Multicritical scaling in Baxter's hard square lattice gas

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The scaling behaviour of the hard square lattice gas with diagonal interactions is examined on the basis of Baxter's (1980, 1981, 1982) recent exact solution. It is demonstrated that all the corrections to scaling found may be accounted for in terms of a single irrelevant scaling field that scales simply as a length. The lattice cut-off is proposed as the source of these corrections, although other sources cannot be ruled out. The melting of the 3*1 commensurate ordered phase in this model is examined in a more general context in which the line of Potts critical points found by Baxter appears to be a line of multicritical points on which the effective uniaxially chiral symmetry breaking field vanishes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number035
Pages (from-to)4357-4368
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Physics A: General Physics
Issue number18
StatePublished - 1983
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Mathematical Physics


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