Random, conformally invariant scaling limits in two dimensions
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Random, conformally invariant scaling limits in two dimensions

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Many mathematical models of statistical physics in two dimensions are either known or conjectured to exhibit conformal invariance. Over the years, physicists proposed predictions of various exponents describing the behavior of these models. Only recently have some of these predictions become accessible to mathematical proof. One of the new developments is the discovery of a oneparameter family of random curves called stochastic Loewner evolution or SLE. The SLE curves appear as limits of interfaces or paths occurring in a variety of statistical physics models as the mesh of the grid on which the model is defined tends to zero. The main purpose of this article is to list a collection of open problems. Some of the open problems indicate aspects of the physics knowledge that have not yet been und erstood mathematically. Other problems are questions about the nature of the SLE curves themselves. Before we present the open problems, the definition of SLE will be motivated and explained, and a brief sketch of recent results will be presented.

Keywords  statistical physics conformal invariance stochastic Loewner evolutions percolation 
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in the skating limit in here an example for property which if you take it here is the main thing you fix they points in the bound and you take the uniforms standing of the grid the restricted to this domain then near the points you can take season you go in and join them out by the paths that joined them in the drain and you will have the kind of the a Y shape topological white to and spending these opponents and there will be a special meeting points this led me meeting point and if you you can't do this thing in another and you can I'm assuming the demands of simply connected and you you can map wonder made in conformity with the other domains and what a Kenyan as food is that the distribution of this town where the meeting point is conformal invariant namely the image of the measure here the long the point is going to meet the of the red points you provided the play basis points a map of the fleet based on that that is a good a good bit of farm West it doesn't quite conformal 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the Panthers itself by taking GQ universe of W what is the basic idea any other ideas that we want to um we want to invoke and differential equations to study and I will local nations now the poker additional include interfaces a fractal object and it's hard to study Frank goes away With differential equations differential equations other better suitable to smooth objects what we have a smooth object at our disposal the complement of the interface that domain and therefore a smooth object so instead of studying devolution of the interface we study the devolution of the complementary and that's amenable to a differential equations and therefore we can not only find out what what we guess it should be but also and then we can do calculations to to calculate properties of the compliment and therefore of the interface well this old discussion wars conditional on having conformal invariance but what we didn't have conformal invariance so what do we do and whether it seems just to be a nice noise physics like predictions and not so satisfying for imitation it this Foley and is run of them Jim not with a brilliant idea that well we have if like philatelic disposal which is known to be conforming valiant but still has some some nice questions the tether haven't been hands yet so why don't we applying this method of understanding conformal invariant Frank due to Brownian motion and if you look at bunny emotion itself and in some ways it's very simple however if you look at it How to violative Brownian motion that's not amenable to analysis directly from the definition of onion motion so what you see in this picture is a volunteer emotions started at the your origin and stopped when it hits the but of the unit this into editors that all the places visited by the motion and the blankets the outer boundary of the Brownian motion to is set the point so that you can get to the exterior without I'm hitting any other points before that and there was a conjecture Mandelbaum that out 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Brownian motion it is like to you can think of the bunnies motion as a driver a taxi driver of the taxi driver has won year maybe can still drive so reasonably well but after a few more doing becomes erratic in the consequences on easy to see so does you have chosen Hey but to phase transitions in the behavior of Sydney as it as depending on cap this was approved with Stephana if cap is a must for its a simple asked if it's between 4 188 then it's not a simple matter anymore it kind of swallows parts of the domain as it goes along lastly what they're as 6 pictures look like if you remember we we will see them shortly again and when Campeau is NATO launcher this because is actually space filling it visit every point not necessary that it cannot colossus itself but it contracted therefore this case once you circle some part of the can't go in they'll end that top that 1 difference from Brownian emotional bonding Washington and make it then going the to open out again that's what bond in motion is more difficult to study from from this point of view the no notice that parameter painters precisely what their uniforms spending and that converges to and it's easy to see from the definition that has to converse to a space cover and that's exactly the transition will that a cap where the transition to space filling because does some information about the dimension of that Sydney In this paper with tension effort and we showed that expected box found dimension well expected box mention not don't find this concept because you can probably guess what it means by phone from its name and the expected box mission of the ad is 1 us although and I went kaput between 0 and when campers larger than it bits of course To because it's based and In would cap but is larger than for the outer boundary of the ban is not the same as the act itself because it is it's not a simple plan and there expected box found they mention of the bundling is given by this formula which was earlier conjectures by Canyon and Vincent the fire a man made quite clever and technical awoke managed to show that this expected box on mission of the ad is in fact that actual house mention the expected box found their mission much simpler to to determine because you just need to calculate expectations and for house dust emissions essentially you need to calculate 2nd moments in the more difficult I think that the corresponding statement for this is still open but probably won't be for long and I want to tell you about yet another model which was relation tourism has been determined this is the Garcia we field what you should think let let's discussed displayed gas and we feel there's also a continuous version which is of the same flavor Longley harder to define should think 1st of graph and then a teacher but they have some value in nature and you want to penalize discrepancies it said it's a model for you can think of it as a model for which has said penalties for discrepancy from from being smoothness so you penalized it should be minus each of you squared for vertices that are close bind so that the total penalties is the exponential of minus the sum of all Neighbors of the square and and this is a nice formula because the distribution of a this probability density is going to be a and Her like Canyon showed that this Gustine fully feel there's a scaling limit of the dominant tightening height function which is another discrete model which I'm not going to describe to you but this was partly motivation to study the guys in free field in is and what you do with a gas flee feel if you want to do it you put the Bush boundary values again you put abounded values plus a few minor staying here and then you can look at the center of edges you can look at that you can Carlisle and vertices warned can't positive another problem so negative and then you can take an interface and this is graphical depiction of this interface Scott Sheffield a nite for that and this interface of the discrete gas field converges to a city fall now for the special value were the interface he above fold the above stops being a simple code when you consider that this this is an actual simulation you could see the go is almost not a simple curve and the shades of blue and red made depicts the heights of the the field now and in order for this statement to all Cho you need to take this the value of a very specific value if you take take a different value then you get convergence to something very closely related which we also wanted the and as an analogous statements about the continued Agustine free field but that Hodel to formulate and those a conjectural so as not purported done much for Orbison this conjecture critical easing model converging U.S. and this is this picture and discuss also shows it with other parameters and things associated with the easing model also converged to listen to you but with a different value of cap this they do John by David Wilson and so the White is dead last and Dorcas minus if assume your familiar with the model if not then I think of this as just another pretty big church hopefully with and if you take a uniform measure on on leftist the dollar self avoiding and stay the upper half Blaine the belief is that that converges to lessen 88 I can't say I can't aboard and followers on the conjecture but supported experimentally by and by simulations by Tom Kennedy in this figure being drawn by Tom Kennedy Concho it to all the other figures In this talk this 1 which you really need to to work hard to produce all the others has very very simple out so it can well time is running short and I'm going to give their quick some owing your list of things were and we know as silly and describes the scaling limit of cricket critical site percolation on the triangle of greater than the value of capped by 6 your worries and Walker values to the piano curve of the value of any gusting free field In the values Warner kicks it is a simple 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the Sydney definition it appears that paths of the minimal standing Chile or not and described by a Sydney and are probably not conformal invariant this is based on simulations by Whelan and Wilson and a as doesn't apply to many interesting questions and dimension higher than 2 let me mention the focal irrationally high dimensions is almost completely understood due to the work of Holland Slaton are those with the bank a method called the latest expansion which is very different than what I described today and the existence of the poets and walked scaling limiting fully has been pulled recently by God because but gotti hasn't determined what limit is just shown that exist but that's quite quite remarkable achievement well so we have seen things that you can do with silly things that hopefully will be done things that you need to use other methods thank you very much for them