Title: On weak universality for directed polymers
Speaker: Prof Konstantin Khanin University of Toronto
Date: 10 February 2014
Time: 3:15 - 4:15 p.m.
Venue: Lecture Hall I, Department of Mathematics
The talk is based on a joint paper with T.Alberts and J.Quastel. We consider directed polymers in a random environment. However the inverse temperature is scaled with the length of a polymer. It turn out that with a proper critical scaling one can get a nontrivial universal behaviour for the partition function and the end point distribution. Moreover the limiting partition function distribution asymptotically converges to the Tracy-Widom law as the rescaled inverse temperature tends to infinity.