Fluctuations of Randomly Growing Surfaces

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Department of Mathematics, UC Davis

For many years, physicists have observed that randomly growing
surfaces (such as, say, occur in deposition of particles
or spread of fires) are less "rough'' than one might expect.
Mathematically, this has been difficult to explain.
Recently, some simple models with connections to explicitly
solvable models in statistical physics were the first to
yield rigorous methods. The talk will be an introduction
to random growth models, with an emphasis on recent fluctuation
results.

This lecture series on cellular automata and complex systems is sponsored by the Santa Fe Institute's Fellows-at-Large Program 2000 and taking place at Cal State Northridge.