Reading seminar in probability  Fall 2010
Thursday 4.15  5.45 pm
Room 2151
Our aim is to review the recent progress in 2D statistical physics models and other topics in probability. Our upcoming agenda is:
 Percolation: Smirnov's celebrated paper proving the conformal invariance of crossing probabilities.
 Selfavoiding walk: Smirnov's and DuminilCopin recent paper, enumerating the number of selfavoiding paths in the hexagonal lattice.
 Ising model: Smirnov's and Smirnov and Chelkak's papers proving conformal invariance of the interface of 2D critical Ising model.
Prerequisites
Only basic background in probability and complex analysis will be needed.
Schedule:

September 23: Asaf Nachmias
Conformal invariance of crossing probabilities, part I.

September 30: Asaf Nachmias
Conformal invariance of crossing probabilities, part II.
 October 7th:
Cancelled!
 October 14th: Scott Sheffield
Schramm's proof of Watts' formula.
 October 21th: Postponed to October 26!
 October 26th (note special date!): Sam Watson
The selfavoiding walk on the hexagonal lattice, part I.
 October 28th: Dana Mendelson
The selfavoiding walk on the hexagonal lattice, part II.
 November 4th: Asaf Nachmias
Conformal invariance of the 2D Ising model, part I.
 November 11th, Veteran's day.
 November 18th: Olivier Bernardi
Conformal invariance of the 2D Ising model, part II.
 November 24th, 2103, 34:30pm (note special date and time!): Dana Mendelson
Connection probabilities and RSWtype bounds for the FK Ising model
Further material
For organizational matters and participation please contact Asaf Nachmias.
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