February 21, 2005
Starting from a given factorizing S-matrix $S$ in two space-time dimensions, we review a novel strategy to rigorously construct quantum field theories describing particles whose interaction is governed by $S$. The construction procedure is divided into two main steps: Firstly certain semi-local Wightman fields are introduced by means of Zamolodchikov's algebra. The second step consists in proving the existence of local observables in these models. As a new result, an intermediate step in the existence problem is taken by proving the modular compactness condition for wedge algebras.