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Serious scientific interest in one-dimensional (1-D) physics arose in the early 1960’s. This interest was stimulated by exact as well as accurate numerical solutions to a variety of quantum spin chain problems . The potential relevance of such solutions to real experimental systems was first demonstrated by Griffiths  in conjunction with workers at the Kamerlingh Onnes Laboratorium, Leiden. Theory and experiment were shown to be in excellent agreement for a naturally quasi-1-D Heisenberg spin 1/2 antiferromagnet, copper tetrammine sulphate [Cu(NH3)4SO4·H2O]. Further stimulus to the new field of quasi-1-D magnetism was provided by an annotated collection of reprinted papers on a variety of 1-D model systems, including lattice gases, dynamical disordered crystal lattices, many-fermion gases (electron gases) as well as magnets. The collection appeared in book form, and remains today an important introduction to 1-D theory .
Jill C. Bonner, Hans Beck, H.W.J. Blöte and Gerhard Müller. Quantum spin chains in Physics in one dimension, J. Bernasconi and T. Schneider (Eds.), Springer Series in Solid State Sciences (Springer, Berlin-Heidelberg-New York, 1981), pp. 115-128.