PSU Mark
Eberly College of Science Mathematics Department

Meeting Details

For more information about this meeting, contact Stephanie Zerby, Chun Liu.

Title:Understanding planar self-avoiding walks
Seminar:Department of Mathematics Colloquium
Speaker:Greg Lawler, University of Chicago (Host: Victoria Sadovskaya)
The self-avoiding walk was introduced by Paul Flory in the mid twentieth century as a model of polymer chains. While it was a simple model to state, it is still an open problem to analyze it rigorously. However, we do understand the (conjectured) scaling limit which is a self-avoiding continuous process with paths of fractal dimension 4/3. I will give an introduction to this area and hope to show how the polymer problem in two dimensions is both very well understood and yet a big open problem. This talk is intended for a general mathematical audience.

Room Reservation Information

Room Number:MB114
Date:10 / 30 / 2014
Time:03:30pm - 04:20pm