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We study some generic aspects of the winding angle distribution around a point in two dimensions for Brownian and self avoiding walks (SAW) using corner transfer matrix and conformal field theory.

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I discuss and extend the recent proposal of Leclair and Mussardo for finite temperature correlation functions in integrable QFTs. I give further justification for its validity in the case of one point functions of conserved quantities. I also argue that the proposal is not correct for two (and higher) point functions, and give some counterexamples to justify that claim.

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These are lectures presented at the Les Houches Summer School ``Topology and Geometry in Physics'', July 1998. They provide a simple introduction to non perturbative methods of field theory in 1+1 dimensions, and their application to the study of strongly correlated condensed matter problems - in particular quantum impurity problems. The level is moderately advanced, and takes the student all the way to the most recent progress in the field: many exercises and additional references are provided. In the first part, I give a sketchy introduction to conformal field theory. I then explain how boundary conformal invariance can be used to classify and study low energy, strong coupling fixed points in quantum impurity problems. In the second part, I discuss quantum integrability from the point of view of perturbed conformal field theory, with a special emphasis on the recent ideas of massless scattering. I then explain how these ideas allow the computation of (experimentally measurable) transport properties in cross-over regimes. The case of edge states tunneling in the fractional quantum Hall effect is used throughout the lectures as an example of application.

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In this paper I complete the solution of the Bukhvostov Lipatov model by computing the physical excitations and their factorized S matrix. I also explain the paradoxes which led in recent years to the suspicion that the model may not be integrable.

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I discuss in this paper the continuum limit of integrable spin chains based on the superalgebras sl(N/K). The general conclusion is that, with the full ``supersymmetry'', none of these models is relativistic. When the supersymmetry is broken by the generator of the sub u(1), Gross Neveu models of various types are obtained. For instance, in the case of sl(N/K) with a typical fermionic representation on every site, the continuum limit is the GN model with N colors and K flavors. In the case of sl(N/1) and atypical representations of spin j, a close cousin of the GN model with N colors, j flavors and flavor anisotropy is obtained. The Dynkin parameter associated with the fermionic root, while providing solutions to the Yang Baxter equation with a continuous parameter, thus does not give rise to any new physics in the field theory limit. These features are generalized to the case where an impurity is embedded in the system.

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These are notes of lectures given at The NATO Advanced Study Institute/EC Summer School on ``New Theoretical Approaches to Strongly Correlated Systems'' (Newton Institute, April 2000). They are a sequel to the notes I wrote two years ago for the Summer School ``Topological Aspects of Low Dimensional Systems'', (Les Houches, July 1998). In this second part, I review the form-factors technique and its extension to massless quantum field theories. I then discuss the calculation of correlators in integrable quantum impurity problems, with special emphasis on point contact tunneling in the fractional quantum Hall effect, and the two-state problem of dissipative quantum mechanics.

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We discuss in this paper various aspects of the off-critical $O(n)$ model in two dimensions. We find the ground-state energy conjectured by Zamolodchikov for the unitary minimal models, and extend the result to some non-unitary minimal cases. We apply our results to the discussion of scaling functions for polymers on a cylinder. We show, using the underlying N=2 supersymmetry, that the scaling function for one non-contractible polymer loop around the cylinder is simply related to the solution of the Painleve III differential equation. We also find the ground-state energy for a single polymer on the cylinder. We check these results by numerically simulating the polymer system. We also analyze numerically the flow to the dense polymer phase. We find there surprising results, with a $c_{\hbox{eff}}$ function that is not monotonous and seems to have a roaming behavior, getting very close to the values 81/70 and 7/10 between its UV and IR values of 1.

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We present a complete study of boundary bound states and related boundary S-matrices for the sine-Gordon model with Dirichlet boundary conditions. Our approach is based partly on the bootstrap procedure, and partly on the explicit solution of the inhomogeneous XXZ model with boundary magnetic field and of the boundary Thirring model. We identify boundary bound states with new ``boundary strings'' in the Bethe ansatz. The boundary energy is also computed.

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We compute exactly the non-equilibrium DC noise in a Luttinger liquid with an impurity and an applied voltage. By generalizing Landauer transport theory for Fermi liquids to interacting, integrable systems, we relate this noise to the density fluctuations of quasiparticles. We then show how to compute these fluctuations using the Bethe ansatz. The non-trivial density correlations from the interactions result in a substantial part of the non-equilibrium noise. The final result for the noise is a scaling function of the voltage, temperature and impurity coupling. It may eventually be observable in tunneling between edges of a fractional quantum Hall effect device.

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We establish the existence of an exact non-perturbative self-duality in a variety of quantum impurity problems, including the Luttinger liquid or quantum wire with impurity. The former is realized in the fractional quantum Hall effect, where the duality interchanges electrons with Laughlin quasiparticles. We discuss the mathematical structure underlying this property, which bears an intriguing resemblance with the work of Seiberg and Witten on supersymmetric non-abelian gauge theory.