Constructing (2+1)-dimensional KPZ evolutions

Seminar | October 24 | 3-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Alex Dunlap, Stanford University

 Department of Statistics

The (d+1)-dimensional KPZ equation
\partial_t h = \nu \Delta h + \frac{\lambda}{2}|\nabla h|^2 + \sqrt{D}\dot{W},
in which \dot{W} is a space--time white noise, is a natural model for the growth of d-dimensional random surfaces. These surfaces are extremely rough due to the white noise forcing, which leads to difficulties in interpreting the nonlinear term in the equation. In particular, it is necessary to renormalize the mollified equations to achieve a limit as the mollification is turned off. The d = 1 case has been understood very deeply in recent years, and progress has been made in d ≥ 3, but little is known in d = 2. I will describe recent joint work with Sourav Chatterjee showing the tightness of a family of Cole--Hopf solutions to (2+1)-dimensional mollified and renormalized KPZ equations. This implies the existence of subsequential limits, which we furthermore can show do not coincide with solutions to the linearized equation, despite the fact that our renormalization scheme involves a logarithmic attenuation of the nonlinearity as the mollification scale is taken to zero.