Stochastic Activity Month

February 22


Lecture Afternoon

"Scaling limits"









Federico Camia (VU Amsterdam)

Anne Fey (TU DElft)

Jesse Goodman (University Leiden)

Wouter Kager (VU Amsterdam)



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13.20 - 14.10 Jesse Goodman Scaling limit of invasion percolation on regular trees
14.10 - 15.00 Anne Fey Continuum bootstrap percolation
15.00 - 15.30 Coffee/tea break  
15.30 - 16.20 Federico Camia The Massive Brownian Loop Soup
16.20 - 17.10 Wouter Kager The combinatorial approach to the Ising model





Federico Camia

The Massive Brownian Loop Soup

The Brownian Loop Soup is a Poissonian collection of Brownian loops in the plane. It is conjectured to describe the scaling limit geometry of various two-dimensional models of statistical mechanics at their critical points, such as the critical Ising model. Critical models are known to give rise to "massless" (scale-invariant) field theories in the scaling limit. Is there a variant of the Brownian Loop Soup that describes the geometry of ''near-critical'' scaling limits, corresponding to "massive" (non-scale-invariant) field theories? I will identify a possible candidate, explain why it is a natural choice, and show how it provides a first positive answer to the question above in the context of the Gaussian Free Field.

Anne Fey (TU Delft)

Continuum bootstrap percolation

Bootstrap percolation models are usually defined on the sites of a lattice or graph, but rarely on a continuum space. We consider a novel model on R^d. We start from a continuum percolation configuration consisting of unit balls centered at the points of a Poisson point process of intensity lambda. Then we iterate: loosely speaking, if there is a cluster of overlapping balls at most a distance R(lambda) from the origin, then we add a ball to the configuration, namely the smallest one that covers the cluster. Will the whole of R^d eventually be in the interior of a ball?
We find evidence for a sharp threshold behavior as lambda tends to 0, much like earlier results for lattice bootstrap percolation models.

Jesse Goodman (University Leiden)

Scaling limit of invasion percolation on regular trees

Invasion percolation is a percolation-like process for growing a cluster dynamically. It produces an infinite cluster with many of the scaling properties of critical clusters, and is therefore related to the incipient infinite cluster.
We describe the scaling limit of the invasion cluster when the underlying graph is a regular tree. The limiting object, which is a random, non-compact, continuous tree, is related to the continuum random tree of Aldous. We describe this tree in terms of a stochastic process driven by Brownian motion with a random and inhomogeneous drift.

Wouter Kager (VU Amsterdam)

The combinatorial approach to the Ising model

The two-dimensional Ising model is one of the most studied models in statistical mechanics. Surprisingly, however, the combinatorial approach to this model is relatively unknown in the probabilistic community, even though it stays much closer to probabilistic methods than the celebrated Onsager approach. We will discuss how the phase transition in the 2d Ising model can be studied via the combinatorial method, as an appealing alternative to the Onsager approach.