Probability Seminar: Ben Wallace

  • Date: 03/15/2017
  • Time: 15:00
Ben Wallace, UBC Math

University of British Columbia


Finite-order correlation length of the |\varphi|^4 spin model in four dimensions


The correlation length of order p for the |\varphi|^4 spin model (a continuous-spin version of the O(n) model) is a normalization of the p-th moment of its two-point function. We will outline the proof (based on a renormalisation group method of Bauerschmidt, Brydges, and Slade) that, in the upper-critical dimension 4, this quantity undergoes mean-field scaling with a logarithmic correction as the critical point for this model is approached from above (for sufficiently weak coupling). Via a supersymmetric integral representation, this result also extends to the weakly self-avoiding walk with a contact attraction, for which the correlation length of order p is closely related to the mean p-th displacement of the walk. This is joint work with Roland Bauerschmidt, Gordon Slade, and Alexandre Tomberg.

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