MATHEMATICAL PHYSICS SEMINAR | |

Topic: | Conformal Invariance and the Diffusion on Moduli Space for Radial SLE |

Speaker: | Robert Bauer |

Affiliation: | University of Illinois, at Urbana-Champaign |

Date: | Thursday, November 4 |

Time/Room: | 4:00pm - 5:00pm/S-101 |

We show that a random simple curve in a planar n-connected domain that is conformally invariant and satisfies a Markovian-type property, can be described by a diffusion on a moduli space of dimension 3n-2. Under a natural symmetry condition, satisfied for example by the boundaries of clusters in critical percolation or by loop-erased random walk, the diffusion is determined up to a single real parameter. The resulting one-parameter family of random simple curves (or, more generally, random growing compacts) is called SLE. We discuss the "radial" case, where the random curve grows from a boundary component to a point in the interior of the domain. We show that for well chosen values of the parameter the random simple curve has special properties. It satisfies locality, a property known from percolation, when the parameter is 6, and the restriction property, known from the self-avoiding random walk, when the parameter is 8/3.