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13:30-15:00   Room #128 (Graduate School of Math. Sci. Bldg.)
Jean-Dominique Deuschel (TU Berlin)
Mini course on the gradient models, I: Effective gradient models, definitions and examples
[ Abstract ]
We describe a phase separation in $R^{d+1}$ by an effective interface model with basis in $Z^d$ and height in $R$. We assume that the interaction potential depends only on the discrete gradient and that the a priori measure is the product Lebesgue measure. Note that this is an unbounded massless model with continuous symmetry and this implies that the interface is delocalized for the infinite model in lower lattice dimensions $d=1,2$. Instead of looking at the distribution of the height of the interface itself, we consider the measure on the height differences the so called gradient Gibbs measure, which exists in any dimensions. The gradient field must satisfy the loop condition, that is the sum of the gradient along any closed loop is zero, this implies a long range interaction with a slow decay of the correlations. We are interested in characterizing the ergodic components of this gradient field, in the decay of correlations, large deviations and continuous scaling limits. As an example we consider the harmonic or discrete gaussian free field with quadratic interactions.