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What is a free fermion model?

Title says it all really.. Why is the XX spin chain a free fermion (non-interacting) model, and the XXZ chain not? Is it right that $\sum_l a_l^\dagger a_{l+1}$ isn't an interaction between fermions ...
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Seeking a specific quantum spin system of interacting spin 1/2 particles

Is there a system of interacting quantum spin 1/2 particles (of any topology) whose the states where all spins are up or down are eigenstates of its Hamiltonian and yet does not conserve the total ...
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To calculate the correlation functions of an XX spin chain, Wick's theorem is used. But is it valid for a chain of any size?

The correlation functions found in Barouch and McCoy's paper (PRA 3, 2137 (1971)) for the XX spin chain use a method which uses Wick's theorem. For the zz correlation function, this gives $\langle ...