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In physics, the Yang–Baxter equation (or star-triangle relation) is a consistency equation which was first introduced in the field of statistical mechanics. It depends on the idea that in some scattering situations, particles may preserve their momentum while changing their quantum internal states. It states that a matrix , acting on two out of three objects, satisfies
In one dimensional quantum systems, is the scattering matrix and if it satisfies the Yang–Baxter equation then the system is integrable. The Yang–Baxter equation also shows up when discussing knot theory and the braid groups where corresponds to swapping two strands. Since one can swap three strands two different ways, the Yang–Baxter equation enforces that both paths are the same.
Parameter-dependent Yang–Baxter equation
Let be a unital associative algebra. The parameter-dependent Yang–Baxter equation is an equation for , a parameter-dependent invertible element of the tensor product (here, is the parameter, which usually ranges over all real numbers in the case of an additive parameter, or over all positive real numbers in the case of a multiplicative parameter). The Yang–Baxter equation is
for all values of and , in the case of an additive parameter. At some value of the parameter can turn into one dimensional projector, this gives rise to quantum determinant. For multiplicative parameter Yang–Baxter equation is
for all values of and , where , , and , for all values of the parameter , and , , and are algebra morphisms determined by
In some cases the determinant of can vanish at specific values of the spectral parameter . Some matrices turn into one dimensional projector at . In this case quantum determinant can be defined.
Parameter-independent Yang–Baxter equation
Let be a unital associative algebra. The parameter-independent Yang–Baxter equation is an equation for , an invertible element of the tensor product . The Yang–Baxter equation is
where , , and .
Let be a module of . Let be the linear map satisfying for all . Then a representation of the braid group, , can be constructed on by for , where on . This representation can be used to determine quasi-invariants of braids, knots and links.
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