Thirring model

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Not to be confused with Thirring–Wess model or Gross-Neveu model.

The Thirring model is an exactly solvable quantum field theory which describes the self-interactions of a Dirac field in (1+1) dimensions.


The Thirring model is given by the Lagrangian density

where is the field, g is the coupling constant, m is the mass, and , for , are the two-dimensional gamma matrices.

This is the unique model of (1+1)-dimensional, Dirac fermions with a local (self-)interaction. Indeed, since there are only 4 independent fields, because of the Pauli principle, all the quartic, local interactions are equivalent; and all higher power, local interactions vanish. (Interactions containing derivatives, such as , are not considered because they are non-renormalizable.)

The correlation functions of the Thirring model (massive or massless) verify the Osterwalder-Schrader axioms, and hence the theory makes sense as a quantum field theory.

Massless Case[edit]

The massless Thirring model is exactly solvable in the sense that a formula for the -points field correlation is known.

Exact Solution[edit]

After it was introduced by Walter Thirring,[1] many authors tried to solve the massless case, with confusing outcomes. The correct formula for the two and four point correlation was finally found by K. Johnson;[2] then C. R. Hagen [3] and B. Klaiber [4] extended the explicit solution to any multipoint correlation function of the fields.

Massive Thirring model, or MTM[edit]

The mass spectrum of the model and the scattering matrix was explicitly evaluated by Bethe Ansatz. An explicit formula for the correlations is not known. J. I. Cirac, P. Maraner and J. K. Pachos applied the massive Thirring model to the description of optical lattices.[5]

Exact Solution[edit]

In one space dimension and one time dimension the model can be solved by the Bethe Ansatz. This helps one calculate exactly the mass spectrum and scattering matrix. Calculation of the scattering matrix reproduces the results published earlier by Alexander Zamolodchikov. The paper with the exact solution of Massive Thirring model by Bethe Ansatz was first published in Russian.[6] Ultraviolet renormalization was done in the frame of the Bethe Ansatz. The fractional charge appears in the model during renormalization as a repulsion beyond the cutoff.

Multi-particle production cancels on mass shell.

The exact solution shows once again the equivalence of the Thirring model and the quantum sine-Gordon model. The Thirring model is S-dual to the sine-Gordon model. The fundamental fermions of the Thirring model correspond to the solitons of the sine-Gordon model.


S. Coleman [7] discovered an equivalence between the Thirring and the sine-Gordon models. Despite the fact that the latter is a pure boson model, massless Thirring fermions are equivalent to free bosons; besides massive fermions are equivalent to the sine-Gordon bosons. This phenomenon is more general in two dimensions and is called bosonization.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Thirring, W. (1958). "A Soluble Relativistic Field Theory?". Annals of Physics. 3: 91–112. Bibcode:1958AnPhy...3...91T. doi:10.1016/0003-4916(58)90015-0. 
  2. ^ Johnson, K. (1961). "Solution of the Equations for the Green's Functions of a two Dimensional Relativistic Field Theory". Il Nuovo Cimento. 20 (4): 773. doi:10.1007/BF02731566. 
  3. ^ Hagen, C. R. (1967). "New Solutions of the Thirring Model". Il Nuovo Cimento B. 51: 169. Bibcode:1967NCimB..51..169H. doi:10.1007/BF02712329. 
  4. ^ Klaiber, B (1968). "The Thirring Model". Lect. Theor. Phys. 10A: 141–176. OSTI 4825853. 
  5. ^ Cirac, J. I.; Maraner, P.; Pachos, J. K. (2010). "Cold atom simulation of interacting relativistic quantum field theories". Physical Review Letters. 105 (2): 190403. arXiv:1006.2975free to read. Bibcode:2010PhRvL.105b0403B. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.105.190403. 
  6. ^ Korepin, V. E. (1979). "Непосредственное вычисление S-матрицы в массивной модели Тирринга". Theoretical and Mathematical Physics. 41: 169.  Translated in Korepin, V. E. (1979). "Direct calculation of the S matrix in the massive Thirring model". Theoretical and Mathematical Physics. 41 (2): 953. Bibcode:1979TMP....41..953K. doi:10.1007/BF01028501. 
  7. ^ Coleman, S. (1975). "Quantum sine-Gordon equation as the massive Thirring model". Physical Review D. 11 (8): 2088. Bibcode:1975PhRvD..11.2088C. doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.11.2088. 

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