Probability Seminar

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Fall 2018

Thursdays in 901 Van Vleck Hall at 2:25 PM, unless otherwise noted. We usually end for questions at 3:15 PM.

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Friday, August 10, 10am, B239 Van Vleck András Mészáros, Central European University, Budapest

Title: The distribution of sandpile groups of random regular graphs

Abstract: We study the distribution of the sandpile group of random d-regular graphs. For the directed model we prove that it follows the Cohen-Lenstra heuristics, that is, the probability that the p-Sylow subgroup of the sandpile group is a given p-group P, is proportional to |\operatorname{Aut}(P)|^{-1}. For finitely many primes, these events get independent in limit. Similar results hold for undirected random regular graphs, there for odd primes the limiting distributions are the ones given by Clancy, Leake and Payne.

Our results extends a recent theorem of Huang saying that the adjacency matrices of random d-regular directed graphs are invertible with high probability to the undirected case.

September 20, Hao Shen, UW-Madison

Title: Stochastic quantization of Yang-Mills

Abstract: "Stochastic quantization” refers to a formulation of quantum field theory as stochastic PDEs. Interesting progress has been made these years in understanding these SPDEs, examples including Phi4 and sine-Gordon. Yang-Mills is a type of quantum field theory which has gauge symmetry, and its stochastic quantization is a Yang-Mills flow perturbed by white noise. In this talk we start by an Abelian example where we take a symmetry-preserving lattice regularization and study the continuum limit. We will then discuss non-Abelian Yang-Mills theories and introduce a symmetry-breaking smooth regularization and restore the symmetry using a notion of gauge-equivariance. With these results we can construct dynamical Wilson loop and string observables. Based on [S., arXiv:1801.04596] and [Chandra,Hairer,S., work in progress].

September 27, Timo Seppäläinen UW-Madison

Title:Random walk in random environment and the Kardar-Parisi-Zhang class

Abstract:This talk concerns a relationship between two much-studied classes of models of motion in a random medium, namely random walk in random environment (RWRE) and the Kardar-Parisi-Zhang (KPZ) universality class. Barraquand and Corwin (Columbia) discovered that in 1+1 dimensional RWRE in a dynamical beta environment the correction to the quenched large deviation principle obeys KPZ behavior. In this talk we condition the beta walk to escape at an atypical velocity and show that the resulting Doob-transformed RWRE obeys the KPZ wandering exponent 2/3. Based on joint work with Márton Balázs (Bristol) and Firas Rassoul-Agha (Utah).

October 4, Elliot Paquette, OSU

Title: Distributional approximation of the characteristic polynomial of a Gaussian beta-ensemble

Abstract: The characteristic polynomial of the Gaussian beta--ensemble can be represented, via its tridiagonal model, as an entry in a product of independent random two--by--two matrices. For a point z in the complex plane, at which the transfer matrix is to be evaluated, this product of transfer matrices splits into three independent factors, each of which can be understood as a different dynamical system in the complex plane. Conjecturally, we show that the characteristic polynomial is always represented as product of at most three terms, an exponential of a Gaussian field, the stochastic Airy function, and a diffusion similar to the stochastic sine equation. We explain the origins of this decomposition, and we show partial progress in establishing part of it.

Joint work with Diane Holcomb and Gaultier Lambert.

October 11, Chris Janjigian, University of Utah

Title: Busemann functions and Gibbs measures in directed polymer models on Z^2

Abstract: We consider the model of a nearest-neighbor random walk on the planar square lattice in a general iid space-time potential, which is also known as a directed polymer in a random environment. We prove results on existence, uniqueness (and non-uniqueness), and the law of large numbers for semi-infinite path measures. Our main tools are the Busemann functions, which are families of stochastic processes obtained through limits of ratios of partition functions.

Based on joint work with Firas Rassoul-Agha

October 18-20, Midwest Probability Colloquium, No Seminar

October 25, Promit Ghosal, Columbia

Title: Tails of the KPZ equation

Abstract: The KPZ equation is a fundamental stochastic PDE related to modeling random growth processes, Burgers turbulence, interacting particle system, random polymers etc. It is related to another important SPDE, namely, the stochastic heat equation (SHE). In this talk, we focus on the tail probabilities of the solution of the KPZ equation. For instance, we investigate the probability of the solution being smaller or larger than the expected value. Our analysis is based on an exact identity between the KPZ equation and the Airy point process (which arises at the edge of the spectrum of the random Hermitian matrices) and the Brownian Gibbs property of the KPZ line ensemble.

This talk will be based on a joint work with my advisor Prof. Ivan Corwin.

November 1, TBA

November 8, Thomas Leblé, NYU

November 15, TBA

November 22, Thanksgiving Break, No Seminar

November 29, TBA

December 6, TBA

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