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Log-correlated Gaussian fields: study of the Gibbs measure

Thursday 19th March 2015 - 11:30 to 12:30
INI Seminar Room 1
Co-author: Louis-Pierre ARUIN (CUNY)

Gaussian fields with logarithmically decaying correlations, such as branching Brownian motion and the two-dimensional Gaussian free field, are conjectured to form universality class of extreme value statistics (notably in the work of Carpentier & Le Doussal and Fyodorov & Bouchaud). This class is the borderline case between the class of IID random variables, and models where correlations start to affect the statistics. In this talk, I will describe a general approach based on rigorous works in spin glass theory to describe features of the Gibbs measure of these Gaussian fields. I will focus on the two-dimensional discrete Gaussian free field. At low temperature, we show that the normalized covariance of two points sampled from the Gibbs measure is either 0 or 1. This is used to prove that the joint distribution of the Gibbs weights converges in a suitable sense to that of a Poisson-Dirichlet variable.

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