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Constructing (2+1)-dimensional KPZ evolutions

Mathematical Physics & Probability

Speaker: Alexander Dunlap, Stanford University
Related Webpage: http://web.stanford.edu/~ajdunl2/
Location: 2112 MSB
Start time: Wed, Oct 3 2018, 3:10PM

The (d+1)-dimensional KPZ equation


\partial_t h = \nu \Delta h + \frac{\lambda}{2}|\nabla h|^2 + \sqrt{D}\dot{W},


in which \dot{W} is a space--time white noise, is a natural model for the growth of d-dimensional random surfaces. These surfaces are extremely rough due to the white noise forcing, which leads to difficulties in interpreting the nonlinear term in the equation. In particular, it is necessary to renormalize the mollified equations to achieve a limit as the mollification is turned off. The d = 1 case has been understood very deeply in recent years, and progress has been made in d ≥ 3, but little is known in d = 2. I will describe recent joint work with Sourav Chatterjee showing the tightness of a family of Cole--Hopf solutions to (2+1)-dimensional mollified and renormalized KPZ equations. This implies the existence of subsequential limits, which we furthermore can show do not coincide with solutions to the linearized equation, despite the fact that our renormalization scheme involves a logarithmic attenuation of the nonlinearity as the mollification scale is taken to zero.