Lieb's Square Ice Constant

Let L denote the n×n square lattice with wraparound. Call an orientation of L an assignment of a direction to each edge of L, and denote the number of orientations of L such that each vertex has two inwardly directed and two outwardly directly edges by f_n. Such an orientation is said to obey the ice rule, or to consist of Eulerian orientation. For n=1, 2, ..., the first few values of f_n are 4, 18, 148, 2970, ... (OEIS A054759).

Lieb showed that


(OEIS A118273; Finch 2003, p. 412), which is known as Lieb's square ice constant, also known as the square ice constant, residual entropy for square ice, and six-vertex entropy model.

See also

Twenty-Vertex Entropy Constant

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