Self-Avoiding Walks and the Fisher Transformation

  • Geoffrey Grimmett
  • Zhongyang Li
Keywords: self-avoiding walk, connective constant, cubic graph, Fisher transformation, quasi-transitive graph


The Fisher transformation acts on cubic graphs by replacing each vertex by a triangle. We explore the action of the Fisher transformation on the set of self-avoiding walks of a cubic graph. Iteration of the transformation yields a sequence of graphs with common critical exponents, and with connective constants converging geometrically to the golden mean. We consider the application of the Fisher transformation to one of the two classes of vertices of a bipartite cubic graph. The connective constant of the ensuing graph may be expressed in terms of that of the initial graph. When applied to the hexagonal lattice, this identifies a further lattice whose connective constant may be computed rigorously.

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