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Random growth and directed polymers


Speaker: Jeremy Quastel, University of Toronto
Location: 1147 MSB
Start time: Fri, Dec 3 2010, 4:10PM

About 30 years ago it was observed by physicists that a large class of one dimensional random systems (the KPZ universality class) have highly anomalous, but universal, fluctuation behaviour. We will describe some of the models, and survey recent progress in proving some of the conjectured scalings and limiting distributions for the Kardar-Parisi-Zhang equation itself, and the associated continuum random polymer.

Tea will be served in the Alder room from 3:30-4:10 before the talk.