1D Ising Model with different boundary conditions

The Hamiltonian for one-dimensional Ising model is given by, \begin{equation} \mathcal{H} = -J\sum_{<ij>} S_iS_j; \quad i,j=1,2,...,N+1 \end{equation} where $<ij>$ denotes that there is nearest neighbor approximation. The partition function is given by, \begin{equation} \mathcal{Z}=\sum_{\{S_i\}} e^{-\beta \mathcal{H}(S_i)} \end{equation} with $\beta = \frac{1}{k_BT}$, where $k_B$ is the Boltzmann constant and $T$ is the temperature. Now my questions are:

1. How to compute the partition function when $S_{N+1}=+1$ while other spins ($S_i$ for $i=1,2,...,N$) may take value $+1$ or $-1$?

2. How to compute the partition function when $S_{N+1}=-1$ while other spins ($S_i$ for $i=1,2,...,N$) may take value $+1$ or $-1$?

• Can you show us what work you have done and what exactly confuses you? – Prahar Jul 17 '13 at 14:49
• For (1.) the partition function will be,$\mathcal{Z}(N+1)=\sum_{S_1}...\sum_{S_N}e^{\beta(S_1S_2+...+S_{N−1}S_N)}e^{\beta S_N}$. Now how to take the sums? – layman Jul 18 '13 at 15:45

1. \begin{equation} \mathcal{Z}(N+1,+)= \sum_{S_1}...\sum_{S_N} e^{K(S_1S_2+S_2S_3+...+S_{N-1}S_N}e^{KS_N} \end{equation} where $K=\beta J$. We define new variables, \begin{equation} \eta_i =S_i S_{i+1}; \quad i=1,2,...,N-1 \end{equation} The $\eta_i$s take value: \begin{equation} \eta_i= \left\{ \begin{array}{l l} +1 & \quad \text{if} \quad S_i=S_{i+1} \\ -1 & \quad \text{if} \quad S_i \neq S_{i+1} \end{array} \right. \end{equation} Then the partition function becomes, \begin{array} \mathcal{Z}(N+1,+) &= \sum_{S_N}\sum_{\{\eta_i\}} e^{K\sum_{i=1}^{N-1}\eta_i}e^{KS_N} \\ &= \sum_{S_N} \left\{\prod_{i=1}^{N-1}\sum_{\{\eta_i\}} e^{K\eta_i}\right\}e^{KS_N} \\ &= \sum_{S_N} \left(2coshK\right)^{N-1} e^{KS_N} \\ &= \left(2coshK\right)^{N-1} \left(e^K+e^{-K} \right) \\ &= \left(2coshK\right)^{N} \end{array} 2. In a similar way we can show that, \begin{equation} \mathcal{Z}(N+1,+) = \mathcal{Z}(N+1,-) = \left(2coshK\right)^{N}. \end{equation}