Probability Seminar

Ahmed Bou-RabeeUniversity of Chicago
Scaling limits of sandpiles

Monday, September 23, 2019 - 4:00pm
Malott 406

The Abelian sandpile is a simple combinatorial model from statistical physics which produces striking fractal-like patterns. Why do these patterns appear? What aspects of the patterns persist under the introduction of randomness?

I will introduce the model and then hint at how tools from elliptic partial differential equations and ergodic theory can be used to (partially) answer these questions.