Exact solution of generalized models of polymers and percolation in two dimensions

Grant number: DP0877454 | Funding period: 2008 - 2012



Originating with the work of Rodney Baxter, Australia is the world leader in exactly solvable lattice models in two dimensions. This project, in strategic basic research, aims to continue this tradition and extend it by solving exactly new classes of two-dimensional lattice models involving nonlocal degrees of freedom. Since this will lead to new universal classes of thermodynamic behaviours for a diverse range of polymer-like systems, the potential for exploitation and commercialization is almost limitless. Potential applications include percolation of contaminants through aquifers, the spatial spread of epidemics and bushfires, the tertiary recovery of oil and filtering drinking water.