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Mathematical Physics Seminar

Of crystals and corals

Stanislav Smirnov - Université de Genève, St. Petersburg University, Skoltech

Location:  Zoom
Date & time: Wednesday, 24 November 2021 at 10:45AM - 11:45PM

Abstract: There are many real-world processes exhibiting fractal growing shapes - from mineral deposition and coral growth to lightning strikes, and in many of them growth is related to diffusion properties. We will discuss two seminal models: Diffusion Limited Aggregation was introduced by Witten and Sanders in 1981 and was generalized to Dielectric Breakdown Model by Niemayer et al shortly afterwards. Numerically they approximate very well a wide range of physical phenomena. However, despite a very simple definition (DLA cluster grows by attaching particles undergoing Brownian motion when they hit the aggregate), very little is understood today, and even less is known rigorously - essentially, only the famous Harry Kesten upper bound on the DLA growth.

We will try to show the flavor of these models and  present some new results.

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