T-systems with boundaries from network solutions

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In this paper, we use the network solution of the Ar T-system to derive that of the unrestricted A T -system, equivalent to the octahedron relation. We then present a method for implementing various boundary conditions on this system, which consists of picking initial data with suitable symmetries. The corresponding restricted T-systems are solved exactly in terms of networks. This gives a simple explanation for phenomena such as the Zamolodchikov periodicity property for T-systems (corresponding to the case A × Ar) and a combinatorial interpretation for the positive Laurent property for the variables of the associated cluster algebra. We also explain the relation between the T-system wrapped on a torus and the higher pentagram maps of Gekhtman et al.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalElectronic Journal of Combinatorics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 7 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Geometry and Topology
  • Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics


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