In this paper we review the theory of the Yang-Baxter equation related to the 6-vertex model and its higher spin generalizations. We employ a 3D approach to the problem. Starting with the 3D R-matrix, we consider a two-layer projection of the corresponding 3D lattice model. As a result, we obtain a new expression for the higher spin R-matrix associated with the affine quantum algebra Uq(sl(2)̂). In the simplest case of the spin s= 1/2 this R-matrix naturally reduces to the R-matrix of the...[Show more]
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