SOLVING THE KPZ EQUATION

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Title: SOLVING THE KPZ EQUATION
Author(s): Hairer, M
Item Type: Conference Paper
Abstract: The KPZ equation is the stochastic PDE formally given by where ξ denotes space-time white noise. It was originally introduced in the eighties as a model of surface growth, but it was soon realised that its solution is a much more universal object describing the crossover between the Gaussian universality class and the KPZ universality class. The mathematical proof of its universality however is still an open problem, in particular because of the lack of a good approximation theory for the equation. Indeed, the only known way so far to mathematically interpret solutions to the KPZ equation is to reduce it to a linear stochastic PDE via a non-linear transformation called the Cole-Hopf transform. Unfortunately, the resulting linear equation does itself lack a good approximation theory and many microscopic models do not behave well under the Cole-Hopf transform. In this talk, we present a new notion of solution to the KPZ equation that bypasses the use of the Cole-Hopf transform. Our approach also allows to factorise the solution map into a “universal” (i.e. independent of initial condition) measurable map, composed with a solution map with good continuity properties. This lays the foundations for a robust approximation theory to the KPZ equation, which is needed to prove its universality. As a byproduct of the construction, we obtain very detailed regularity estimates on the solutions, as well as a new homogenisation result.
Editor(s): Jensen, A
Publication Date: 6-Aug-2012
Date of Acceptance: 6-Aug-2012
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/55286
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1142/9789814449243_0037
Publisher: WORLD SCIENTIFIC PUBL CO PTE LTD
Start Page: 419
End Page: 419
Journal / Book Title: XVIITH INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON MATHEMATICAL PHYSICS
Copyright Statement: © 2012 World Scientific Publishing Co Pte Ltd
Conference Name: 17th International Congress on Mathematical Physics
Copyright Statement: © 2012 World Scientific Publishing Co Pte Ltd
Keywords: Science & Technology
Physical Sciences
Physics, Mathematical
Physics
math.PR
math.PR
math-ph
math.AP
math.MP
60H15, 35Q82, 60K35
Publication Status: Published
Start Date: 2012-08-06
Finish Date: 2012-08-11
Conference Place: Aalborg, DENMARK
Appears in Collections:Pure Mathematics
Mathematics
Faculty of Natural Sciences



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