Random plane geometry -- a gentle introduction

Speaker: Bálint Virág

Date: Fri, Sep 23, 2022

Location: University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Conference: CRM-Fields-PIMS Prize Lecture

Subject: Mathematics, Algebra

Class: Scientific


Consider Z^2, and assign a random length of 1 or 2 to each edge based on independent fair coin tosses. The resulting random geometry, first passage percloation, is conjectured to have a scaling limit. Most random plane geometric models (including hidden geometries) should have the same scaling limit. I will explain the basics of the limiting geometry, the "directed landscape", the central object in the class of models named after Kardar, Parisi and Zhang.