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3/9 Time change, trace Dirichlet forms, and relation to elementary potential theory Tianyi Zheng
Defined time changed process induced by additive functionals and Revuz measures. Covered local times, inverse local times, classical 2nd Ray-Knight theorem, construction of Dirichlet form for time-changed process. Example: RBM on a simply connected planar domain as a time change of RBM on the unit disc under conformal transformation. Mostly drawn from Chapter 5 of Chen-Fukushima.
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Covered notions of harmonicity and holomorphicity on isoradial graphs; discrete exponential function; and mode of convergence of discrete harmonic functions to a true harmonic function in the continuum.
3/9 Time change, trace Dirichlet forms, and relation to elementary potential theory Tianyi Zheng
Defined time changed process induced by additive functionals and Revuz measures. Covered local times, inverse local times, classical 2nd Ray-Knight theorem, construction of Dirichlet form for time-changed process. Example: RBM on a simply connected planar domain as a time change of RBM on the unit disc under conformal transformation. Mostly drawn from Chapter 5 of Chen-Fukushima.
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4/6 (Tentative) Dimer observables, parafermions, and Ising correlators Joe Chen
aka "What I learned at MSRI while on extended spring break."
4/13 SLE & planar Brownian motion Mark Cerenzia
See Lawler-Schramm-Werner. Some stochastic calculus will be covered.
TBA Cover times, blanket times, and majorizing measures Tianyi Zheng
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Introducing Mandelbrot's hypothesis and setup.
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Based on Ding-Lee-Peres.
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aka "What I learned at MSRI while on extended spring break."
4/13 SLE & planar Brownian motion Mark Cerenzia
See Lawler-Schramm-Werner. Some stochastic calculus will be covered.
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Clarified the connection between the coupling function and the Green's function, and showed how $F_0, F_1$ enter into the moment formula of the height variation. We didn't have time to prove convergence to GFF, but all the necessary technical lemmas have been covered, so please read on your own.
2/24 Discrete complex analysis on isoradial graphs Baris Ugurcan
Covered notions of harmonicity and holomorphicity on isoradial graphs; discrete exponential function; and mode of convergence of discrete harmonic functions to a true harmonic function in the continuum.
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3/9 Time change, trace Dirichlet forms, and relation to elementary potential theory Tianyi Zheng
Defined time changed process induced by additive functionals and Revuz measures. Covered local times, inverse local times, classical 2nd Ray-Knight theorem, construction of Dirichlet form for time-changed process. Example: RBM on a simply connected planar domain as a time change of RBM on the unit disc under conformal transformation. Mostly drawn from Chapter 5 of Chen-Fukushima.
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3/30 SLE & planar Brownian motion, Part I Mark Cerenzia
See Lawler-Schramm-Werner. Some stochastic calculus will be covered.
 
4/6 (Tentative) Dimer observables, parafermions, and Ising correlators Joe Chen
aka "What I learned at MSRI while on extended spring break."
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Actual spring break
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aka "What I learned at MSRI while on extended spring break."
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Relation between dimer & Ising models

# Julien Dubedat, Topics on abelian spin models and related problems. Probability Surveys 8, 374-402 (2011). Link

 

Related surveys

Stanislav Smirnov, Discrete Complex Analysis and Probability. Proceedings of the International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM), Hyderabad, India (2010). ArXiv

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#Geoffrey Grimmett, Three theorems in discrete random geometry. Probability Surveys 8, 403-441 (2011). Link

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Covered notions of harmonicity and holomorphicity on isoradial graphs; discrete exponential function; and mode of convergence of discrete harmonic functions to a true harmonic function in the continuum.
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3/9 Topics in potential theory Tianyi Zheng
 
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Defined time changed process induced by additive functionals and Revuz measures. Covered local times, inverse local times, classical 2nd Ray-Knight theorem, construction of Dirichlet form for time-changed process. Example: RBM on a simply connected planar domain as a time change of RBM on the unit disc under conformal transformation. Mostly drawn from Chapter 5 of Chen-Fukushima.
 
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  Dmitry Chelkak and Stanislav Smirnov, Discrete complex analysis on isoradial graphs. arXiv
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Time change, Dirichlet forms, and more potential theory

Z.-Q. Chen and Masatoshi Fukushima, Symmetric Markov Processes, Time Changes, and Boundary Theory. Princeton University Press (2011).

  Hausdorff dimension of planar Brownian motion

Gregory F. Lawler, Oded Schramm, and Wendelin Werner, The dimension of the planar Brownian frontier is $4/3$. Math. Res. Lett. 8, 401-411 (2001). MathJournals

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2/17 Dominos and the Gaussian Free Field Joe Chen
Clarified the connection between the coupling function and the Green's function, and showed how $F_0, F_1$ enter into the moment formula of the height variation. We didn't have time to prove convergence to GFF, but all the necessary technical lemmas have been covered, so please read on your own.
2/24 Discrete complex analysis on isoradial graphs Baris Ugurcan
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Covered notions of harmonicity and holomorphicity on isoradial graphs; discrete exponential function; and mode of convergence of discrete harmonic functions to a true harmonic function in the continuum.
 
3/2 No meeting
Prospie visit day
3/9 Topics in potential theory Tianyi Zheng
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3/30 Hausdorff dimension of planar Brownian motion Mark Cerenzia
See Lawler-Schramm-Werner. Some stochastic calculus will be covered.
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Tentative syllabus (which is soon becoming outdated)

We will start with Kenyon's proof that the zero-mean height function associated with domino tilings of planar domains converges to the corresponding Gaussian free field. This will serve as nice review of concepts such as the Temperleyan tilings and Kasteleyn matrices ( combinatorics), (discrete) complex analysis, and random fields ( probability). The latter topics can be reinforced pending interest. Then we move onto a general survey of abelian spin models, as a preparation for discussing connections between critical spin models, duality, and order-disorder variable pairing (e.g. parafermions, bosonization).

 

Relevant papers covered (so far & soon)

Conformal invariance of domino tilings and convergence of height variation to GFF

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  Richard Kenyon, Dominos and the Gaussian Free Field. Ann. Probab. 29, 1128-1137 (2001). Euclid
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  Discrete complex analysis

Christian Mercat, Discrete Riemann Surfaces and the Ising Model. Comm. Math. Phys. 218, 177-216 (2001). SpringerLink arXiv

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 # Julien Dubedat, Topics on abelian spin models and related problems. Probability Surveys 8, 374-402 (2011). Link

Hugo Duminil-Copin and Stanislav Smirnov, Conformal invariance of lattice models. Lecture notes for the 2010 Clay Mathematical Institute Summer School. http://arxiv.org/abs/1109.1549

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Covered Kasteleyn matrix, coupling function (a Cauchy kernel), convergence of the coupling function to $F_0, F_1$, which transform analytically under conformal maps.
2/17 Dominos and the Gaussian Free Field Joe Chen
Clarified the connection between the coupling function and the Green's function, and showed how $F_0, F_1$ enter into the moment formula of the height variation. We didn't have time to prove convergence to GFF, but all the necessary technical lemmas have been covered, so please read on your own.
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2/24 Discrete complex analysis Baris Ugurcan
See Mercat; Kenyon; Chelkak-Smirnov.
3/1 (Th) Topics in potential theory Tianyi Zheng
3/2 (Fr) is prospie visit day, so the meeting is tentatively moved to Th, time TBA.
3/9 Hausdorff dimension of planar Brownian motion? Mark Cerenzia?
See Lawler-Schramm-Werner.
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2/24 Discrete complex analysis on isoradial graphs Baris Ugurcan
Covered notions of harmonicity and holomorphicity on isoradial graphs, and showed how a sequence of uniformly bounded discrete harmonic functions on finer isoradial graph approximations converge in subsequence to a harmonic function in the continuum.
3/2 No meeting
Prospie visit day
3/9 Topics in potential theory Tianyi Zheng
 
 
3/16 No meeting
Day before spring break
3/23 No meeting
Actual spring break
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Though Joe will be away at MSRI attending the Statistical Mechanics & Conformal Invariance workshop, he promises to bring home plenty of foods for thought.
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3/30 Hausdorff dimension of planar Brownian motion Mark Cerenzia
See Lawler-Schramm-Werner. Some stochastic calculus will be covered.
 

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  Regular participants: Mark Cerenzia, Joe Chen, Baris Ugurcan, Tianyi Zheng

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We will start with Kenyon's proof that the zero-mean height function associated with domino tilings of planar domains converges to the corresponding Gaussian free field. This will serve as nice review of concepts such as the Temperleyan tilings and Kasteleyn matrices ( combinatorics), (discrete) complex analysis, and random fields ( probability). The latter topics can be reinforced pending interest. Then we move onto a general survey of abelian spin models, as a preparation for discussing connections between critical spin models, duality, and order-disorder variable pairing (e.g. parafermions, bosonization).

Relevant papers covered (so far & soon)

Conformal invariance of domino tilings and convergence of height variation to GFF

Richard Kenyon, Conformal invariance of domino tiling. Ann. Probab. 28, 759-795 (2000). Euclid

Richard Kenyon, Dominos and the Gaussian Free Field. Ann. Probab. 29, 1128-1137 (2001). Euclid

 
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Richard Kenyon, The Laplacian and Dirac operators on critical planar graphs. Inventiones Mathematicae. 150, 409-439 (2002). SpringerLink arXiv
 
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Dmitry Chelkak and Stanislav Smirnov, Discrete complex analysis on isoradial graphs. arXiv
 
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4) Scott Sheffield, Gaussian free fields for mathematicians. Probability Theory & Related Fields 139, 521-541 (2007). http://arxiv.org/abs/math/0312099
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Hausdorff dimension of planar Brownian motion

Gregory F. Lawler, Oded Schramm, and Wendelin Werner, The dimension of the planar Brownian frontier is $4/3$. Math. Res. Lett. 8, 401-411 (2001). MathJournals

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5)# Julien Dubedat, Topics on abelian spin models and related problems. Probability Surveys 8, 374-402 (2011). Link
 

Related surveys

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Stanislav Smirnov, Discrete Complex Analysis and Probability. Proceedings of the International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM), Hyderabad, India (2010). ArXiv

Scott Sheffield, Gaussian free fields for mathematicians. Probability Theory & Related Fields 139, 521-541 (2007). http://arxiv.org/abs/math/0312099

# Julien Dubedat, Topics on abelian spin models and related problems. Probability Surveys 8, 374-402 (2011). Link

 Hugo Duminil-Copin and Stanislav Smirnov, Conformal invariance of lattice models. Lecture notes for the 2010 Clay Mathematical Institute Summer School. http://arxiv.org/abs/1109.1549

#Geoffrey Grimmett, Three theorems in discrete random geometry. Probability Surveys 8, 403-441 (2011). Link

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2/10 Conformal invariance of domino tiling, Part II Joe Chen
Covered Kasteleyn matrix, coupling function (a Cauchy kernel), convergence of the coupling function to $F_0, F_1$, which transform analytically under conformal maps.
2/17 Dominos and the Gaussian Free Field Joe Chen
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Clarified the connection between the coupling function and the Green's function, and showed how $F_0, F_1$ enter into the moment formula of the height function. We didn't actually prove convergence to GFF, but all the necessary technical lemmas have been covered, so please read on your own.
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Clarified the connection between the coupling function and the Green's function, and showed how $F_0, F_1$ enter into the moment formula of the height variation. We didn't have time to prove convergence to GFF, but all the necessary technical lemmas have been covered, so please read on your own.
 
2/24 Discrete complex analysis Baris Ugurcan
See Mercat; Kenyon; Chelkak-Smirnov.
3/1 (Th) Topics in potential theory Tianyi Zheng
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3/23 No meeting
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3/30 Meeting resumes?
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Though Joe will be at the Statistical Mechanics & Conformal Invariance workshop at MSRI, he promises to bring home foods for thought.
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 For more information or expression of interest please contact Joe Chen (joe.p.chen@cornell.edu).

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2/3 Conformal invariance of domino tiling, Part I Joe Chen
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2/10 Conformal invariance of domino tiling, Part II Joe Chen
Covered Kasteleyn matrix, coupling function (a Cauchy kernel), convergence of the coupling function to $F_0, F_1$, which transform analytically under conformal maps.
2/17 Dominos and the Gaussian Free Field Joe Chen
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Clarified the connection between the coupling function and the Green's function, and showed how $F_0, F_1$ enter into the moment formula of the height function. We didn't actually prove convergence to GFF, but all the necessary technical lemmas have been covered, so please read on your own.
 
2/24 Discrete complex analysis Baris Ugurcan
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See Mercat; Kenyon; Chelkak-Smirnov.
3/1 (Th) Topics in potential theory Tianyi Zheng
3/2 (Fr) is prospie visit day, so the meeting is tentatively moved to Th, time TBA.
3/9 Hausdorff dimension of planar Brownian motion? Mark Cerenzia?
See Lawler-Schramm-Werner.
3/16 No meeting
Day before spring break
3/23 No meeting
Actual spring break
3/30 Meeting resumes?
Though Joe will be at the Statistical Mechanics & Conformal Invariance workshop at MSRI, he promises to bring home foods for thought.
 
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Tentative syllabus

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  July 8-21: 42nd Probability Summer School in St. Flour, St. Flour, France. Registration opens in February.

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Gabor Pete's course "Critical phenomena and conformal invariance in the plane" at Budapest University of Technology and Economics: Spring 2012.
 MIT probability group reading seminar on 2D statistical physics: Fall 2010.

MIT Math 18.177: Topics in Stochastic processes, taught by Scott Sheffield. Fall 2009, Fall 2011.

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2/3 Conformal invariance of domino tiling, Part I Joe Chen
Setting the scene: Introduction to domino tiling and the dimer model, height function, and Gaussian free fields. Stated (and clarified) Kenyon's theorems on conformal invariance of height variation, and the convergence of height variation to GFF.
2/10 Conformal invariance of domino tiling, Part II Joe Chen
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2/17 Dominos and the Gaussian Free Field Joe Chen
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Will clarify the connection between the coupling function and the Green's function. The rest is to show how $F_0, F_1$ enter into the moment formula of the height function, from which convergence to GFF is proved.
 
2/24 Discrete complex analysis Baris Ugurcan

Further topics TBD: A session devoted to potential theory & harmonic measures may be in the offing.

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2/3 Conformal invariance of domino tiling, Part I Joe Chen
Setting the scene: Introduction to domino tiling and the dimer model, height function, and Gaussian free fields. Stated (and clarified) Kenyon's theorems on conformal invariance of height variation, and the convergence of height variation to GFF.
2/10 Conformal invariance of domino tiling, Part II Joe Chen
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Covered Kasteleyn matrix, coupling function, convergence of the coupling function to $F_0, F_1$, which transform analytically under conformal maps.
2/17 Dominos and the Gaussian Free Field Joe Chen
Will finish showing how $F_0, F_1$ enter into the moment formula of the height function. Then convergence to GFF
2/24 Discrete complex analysis Baris Ugurcan
  Further topics TBD: A session devoted to potential theory & harmonic measures may be in the offing.

Tentative syllabus

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Topic: Statistical mechanics on discrete graphs and its scaling limits

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Probability Reading Group, Spring 2012

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Topic: Statistical mechanics on discrete graphs and its scaling limits

Time & place: TBA

Description (as of Dec 2011): This informal reading group will be in some sense a continuation and/or elaboration of the materials given in the 2011 Cornell Probability Summer School. Geoff Grimmett's lecture notes (http://arxiv.org/abs/1110.2395) would be a nice starting point, supplemented by the relevant literatures, such as his books on percolation & random cluster model, as well as recent works of Kenyon, Sheffield, Smirnov, etc.

We could also concentrate on models in two dimensions, where many discrete models at criticality are believed (by physicists) and now proved (by mathematicians) to enjoy conformal invariance. These include percolation, spin models, height function associated with domino tilings, and quantum gravity models. The limiting objects often turn out to be instances of SLE, Gaussian free field, etc.

An important goal is to learn the techniques used to prove these hard and physically interesting results.

Tentatively we plan to meet once a week for 60-90 minutes. The exact scope of topics covered will be announced before the spring semester starts, and may evolve according to the interests of the participants.

Prerequisites: Not afraid of measure-theoretic probability theory (as covered in MATH 6710-6720) and complex analysis (MATH 6120). No prior experience with statistical mechanics is needed.

For more information and expression of interest please contact Joe P. Chen (joe.p.chen@cornell.edu).

Prime surveys

Hugo Duminil-Copin and Stanislav Smirnov, Conformal invariance of lattice models. Lecture notes for the 2010 Clay Mathematical Institute Summer School. http://arxiv.org/abs/1109.1549

Geoffrey Grimmett, Three theorems in discrete random geometry. To be published in Probability Surveys (2011+). http://arxiv.org/abs/1110.2395

Richard Kenyon, Lectures on dimers. In Statistical Mechanics, IAS/Park City Mathematical Series 2007, eds. S. Sheffield & T. Spencer (2009). http://www.math.brown.edu/~rkenyon/papers/dimerlecturenotes.pdf

Scott Sheffield. Gaussian free fields for mathematicians. Probability Theory & Related Fields 139, 521-541 (2007). http://arxiv.org/abs/math/0312099

Stanislav Smirnov. Discrete Complex Analysis and Probability. Proceedings of the International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM), Hyderabad, India (2010). http://arxiv.org/abs/1009.6077

Nike Sun, Conformally invariant scaling limits in planar critical percolation. Probability Surveys 8, 155-209 (2011). http://www.i-journals.org/ps/include/getdoc.php?id=726&article=180&mode=pdf

Relevant links

MIT probability group reading seminar on 2D statistical physics (Fall 2010): http://math.mit.edu/~asafnach/2dstatphysics.html.

Informal seminar on SLE at UC Berkeley (year unknown): http://www.eve.ucdavis.edu/plralph/sle-seminar/.

A collection of literatures by Pierre Nolin: http://cims.nyu.edu/~nolin/AdvancedTopics/References.pdf.

Info on 2012 summer schools

June 4-29: PIMS Probability Summer School, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC. Deadline: Dec 30, 2011. http://www.math.ubc.ca/Links/ssprob12/

June 18-29: St. Petersburg Summer School in Probability & Statistical Physics, Chebyshev Laboratory, St. Petersburg, Russia. Deadline: Feb 12, 2012. http://spspsp.chebyshev.spb.ru/

July 16-27: Cornell Probability Summer School. http://www.math.duke.edu/~rtd/CPSS2012/index.html

 
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