Fluctuations of Randomly Growing Surfaces


Janko Gravner

Department of Mathematics, UC Davis

Monday, March 19, 2001 at 3:45 p.m. in Room SC1125

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.

Students are encouraged to attend.

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.

Department of Mathematics

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