Dimers on rail yard graphs

  • Cédric Boutillier

    Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France
  • Jérémie Bouttier

    Université Paris-Saclay, Gif-sur-Yvette, France
  • Guillaume Chapuy

    Université Paris Diderot, France
  • Sylvie Corteel

    Université Paris Diderot, France
  • Sanjay Ramassamy

    Brown University, Providence, USA


We introduce a general model of dimer coverings of certain plane bipartite graphs, which we call rail yard graphs (RYG). The transfer matrices used to compute the partition function are shown to be isomorphic to certain operators arising in the so-called boson–fermion correspondence. This allows to reformulate the RYG dimer model as a Schur process, i.e. as a random sequence of integer partitions subject to some interlacing conditions.

Beyond the computation of the partition function, we provide an explicit expression for all correlation functions or, equivalently, for the inverse Kasteleyn matrix of the RYG dimer model. This expression, which is amenable to asymptotic analysis, follows from an exact combinatorial description of the operators localizing dimers in the transfer-matrix formalism, and then a suitable application of Wick’s theorem.

Plane partitions, domino tilings of the Aztec diamond, pyramid partitions, and steep tilings arise as particular cases of the RYG dimermodel. For the Aztec diamond, we provide new derivations of the edge-probability generating function, of the biased creation rate, of the inverse Kasteleyn matrix and of the arctic circle theorem.

Cite this article

Cédric Boutillier, Jérémie Bouttier, Guillaume Chapuy, Sylvie Corteel, Sanjay Ramassamy, Dimers on rail yard graphs. Ann. Inst. Henri Poincaré Comb. Phys. Interact. 4 (2017), no. 4, pp. 479–539

DOI 10.4171/AIHPD/46