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Extrema of 2D Discrete Gaussian Free Field - Lecture 9

Speaker: 
Marek Biskup
Date: 
Mon, Jun 19, 2017
Location: 
PIMS, University of British Columbia
Conference: 
PIMS-CRM Summer School in Probability 2017
Abstract: 
The Gaussian free field (GFF) is a fundamental model for random fluctuations of a surface. The GFF is closely related to local times of random walks via relations that originated in the study of spin systems. The continuous GFF appears as the limit law of height functions of dimer covers, uniform spanning trees and other models without apparent Gaussian correlation structure. The GFF is also a simple example of a quantum field theory. Intriguing connections to SLE, the Brownian map and other recently studied problems exist. The GFF has recently become subject of focused interest by probabilists. Through Kahane's theory of multiplicative chaos, the GFF naturally enters into models of Liouville quantum gravity. Multiplicative chaos is also central to the description of level sets where the GFF takes values proportional to its maximum, or values order-unity away from the absolute maximum. Random walks in random environments given as exponentials of the GFF show intriguing subdiffusive behavior. Universality of these conclusions for other models such as gradient systems and/or local times of random walks are within reach.

 

On coin tosses, atoms, and forest fires

Speaker: 
Martin Hairer
Date: 
Fri, Jun 16, 2017
Location: 
PIMS, University of British Columbia
Conference: 
PIMS UBC Distinguished Colloquium
Abstract: 
Fields Medal winner, Martin Hairer will survey some of the mathematical objects arising naturally in probability theory, as well as some of their surprising properties. In particular, he will demonstrate how one of these objects was involved in the confirmation of the existence of atoms over 100 years ago and how new properties of related objects are still being discovered today.

A BPHZ theorem for stochastic PDEs - Lecture 3

Speaker: 
Martin Hairer
Date: 
Fri, Jun 16, 2017
Location: 
PIMS, University of British Columbia
Conference: 
PIMS-CRM Summer School in Probability 2017

Extrema of 2D Discrete Gaussian Free Field - Lecture 8

Speaker: 
Marek Biskup
Date: 
Fri, Jun 16, 2017
Location: 
PIMS, University of British Columbia
Conference: 
PIMS-CRM Summer School in Probability 2017
Abstract: 
The Gaussian free field (GFF) is a fundamental model for random fluctuations of a surface. The GFF is closely related to local times of random walks via relations that originated in the study of spin systems. The continuous GFF appears as the limit law of height functions of dimer covers, uniform spanning trees and other models without apparent Gaussian correlation structure. The GFF is also a simple example of a quantum field theory. Intriguing connections to SLE, the Brownian map and other recently studied problems exist. The GFF has recently become subject of focused interest by probabilists. Through Kahane's theory of multiplicative chaos, the GFF naturally enters into models of Liouville quantum gravity. Multiplicative chaos is also central to the description of level sets where the GFF takes values proportional to its maximum, or values order-unity away from the absolute maximum. Random walks in random environments given as exponentials of the GFF show intriguing subdiffusive behavior. Universality of these conclusions for other models such as gradient systems and/or local times of random walks are within reach.

 

A BPHZ theorem for stochastic PDEs

Speaker: 
Martin Hairer
Date: 
Thu, Jun 15, 2017
Location: 
PIMS, University of British Columbia
Conference: 
PIMS-CRM Summer School in Probability 2017

Extrema of 2D Discrete Gaussian Free Field - Lecture 7

Speaker: 
Marek Biskup
Date: 
Thu, Jun 15, 2017
Location: 
PIMS, University of British Columbia
Conference: 
PIMS-CRM Summer School in Probability 2017
Abstract: 
The Gaussian free field (GFF) is a fundamental model for random fluctuations of a surface. The GFF is closely related to local times of random walks via relations that originated in the study of spin systems. The continuous GFF appears as the limit law of height functions of dimer covers, uniform spanning trees and other models without apparent Gaussian correlation structure. The GFF is also a simple example of a quantum field theory. Intriguing connections to SLE, the Brownian map and other recently studied problems exist. The GFF has recently become subject of focused interest by probabilists. Through Kahane's theory of multiplicative chaos, the GFF naturally enters into models of Liouville quantum gravity. Multiplicative chaos is also central to the description of level sets where the GFF takes values proportional to its maximum, or values order-unity away from the absolute maximum. Random walks in random environments given as exponentials of the GFF show intriguing subdiffusive behavior. Universality of these conclusions for other models such as gradient systems and/or local times of random walks are within reach.

 

A BPHZ theorem for stochastic PDEs

Speaker: 
Martin Hairer
Date: 
Tue, Jun 13, 2017
Location: 
PIMS, University of British Columbia
Conference: 
PIMS-CRM Summer School in Probability 2017

Graphical approach to lattice spin models - Lecture 7

Speaker: 
Hugo Duminil-Copin
Date: 
Tue, Jun 13, 2017
Location: 
PIMS, University of British Columbia
Conference: 
PIMS-CRM Summer School in Probability 2017
Abstract: 
Phase transitions are a central theme of statistical mechanics, and of probability more generally. Lattice spin models represent a general paradigm for phase transitions in finite dimensions, describing ferromagnets and even some fluids (lattice gases). It has been understood since the 1980s that random geometric representations, such as the random walk and random current representations, are powerful tools to understand spin models. In addition to techniques intrinsic to spin models, such representations provide access to rich ideas from percolation theory. In recent years, for two-dimensional spin models, these ideas have been further combined with ideas from discrete complex analysis. Spectacular results obtained through these connections include the proof that interfaces of the two-dimensional Ising model have conformally invariant scaling limits given by SLE curves, that the connective constant of the self-avoiding walk on the hexagonal lattice is given by √ 2 + √ 2 , and that the magnetisation of the three-dimensional Ising model vanishes at the critical point.

 

Extrema of 2D Discrete Gaussian Free Field - Lecture 6

Speaker: 
Marek Biskup
Date: 
Tue, Jun 13, 2017
Location: 
PIMS, University of British Columbia
Conference: 
PIMS-CRM Summer School in Probability 2017
Abstract: 
The Gaussian free field (GFF) is a fundamental model for random fluctuations of a surface. The GFF is closely related to local times of random walks via relations that originated in the study of spin systems. The continuous GFF appears as the limit law of height functions of dimer covers, uniform spanning trees and other models without apparent Gaussian correlation structure. The GFF is also a simple example of a quantum field theory. Intriguing connections to SLE, the Brownian map and other recently studied problems exist. The GFF has recently become subject of focused interest by probabilists. Through Kahane's theory of multiplicative chaos, the GFF naturally enters into models of Liouville quantum gravity. Multiplicative chaos is also central to the description of level sets where the GFF takes values proportional to its maximum, or values order-unity away from the absolute maximum. Random walks in random environments given as exponentials of the GFF show intriguing subdiffusive behavior. Universality of these conclusions for other models such as gradient systems and/or local times of random walks are within reach.

 

Graphical approach to lattice spin models - Lecture 6

Speaker: 
Hugo Duminil-Copin
Date: 
Mon, Jun 12, 2017
Location: 
PIMS, University of British Columbia
Conference: 
PIMS-CRM Summer School in Probability 2017
Abstract: 
Phase transitions are a central theme of statistical mechanics, and of probability more generally. Lattice spin models represent a general paradigm for phase transitions in finite dimensions, describing ferromagnets and even some fluids (lattice gases). It has been understood since the 1980s that random geometric representations, such as the random walk and random current representations, are powerful tools to understand spin models. In addition to techniques intrinsic to spin models, such representations provide access to rich ideas from percolation theory. In recent years, for two-dimensional spin models, these ideas have been further combined with ideas from discrete complex analysis. Spectacular results obtained through these connections include the proof that interfaces of the two-dimensional Ising model have conformally invariant scaling limits given by SLE curves, that the connective constant of the self-avoiding walk on the hexagonal lattice is given by √ 2 + √ 2 , and that the magnetisation of the three-dimensional Ising model vanishes at the critical point.

 

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