Arctic curves of the 6V model with partial DWBC and double Aztec rectangles

Jean-Francois de KEMMETER, Bryan DEBIN, Philippe RUELLE

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Previous numerical studies have shown that in the disordered and anti-ferroelectric phases the six-vertex (6V) model with partial domain wall boundary conditions (DWBC) exhibits an arctic curve whose exact shape is unknown. The model is defined on a s × n square lattice (s ≤ n). In this paper, we derive the analytic expression of the arctic curve, for a = b = 1 and c=2 (Δ= 0), while keeping the ratio s/n ϵ [0, 1] as a free parameter. The computation relies on the tangent method. We also consider domino tilings of double Aztec rectangles and show via the tangent method that, for particular parameters, the arctic curve is identical to that of the 6V model with partial DWBC. Our results are confirmed by extensive numerical simulations.

Original languageEnglish
Article number305004
JournalJournal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical
Issue number30
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jul 2022


  • arctic phenomenon
  • domino tilings
  • double Aztec rectangle
  • integrable lattice model
  • six-vertex model


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