Prof. Dr. Nathanael Berestycki, University of Cambridge, Vortrag: The dimer model: universality and conformal invariance
Thursday, 23.06.2016 16:30 im Raum M5
The dimer model on a finite bipartite planar graph is a uniformly chosen set of edges which cover every vertex exactly once. It is a classical model of statistical mechanics, going back to work of Kasteleyn and Temeperley/Fisher in the 1960s who computed its partition function.
After giving an overview of the main questions and what is curretnly known, I will discuss some recent joint work with Benoit Laslier and Gourab Ray, where we prove that when the mesh size tends to 0 the fluctuations are described by a universal and conformally invariant limit known as the Gaussian free field.
A key novelty in our approach is that the exact solvability of the model plays only a minor role. Instead, we rely on a connection to imaginary geometry, where Schramm--Loewner Evolution curves are viewed as flow lines of an underlying Gaussian free field.