Probability Seminar

Jiaoyang HuangNew York University
Edge Statistics for Lozenge Tilings of Polygons

Monday, October 25, 2021 - 3:45pm
Malott 406

Abstract: A central feature of random lozenge tilings is that they exhibit boundary induced phase transitions. Depending on the shape of the domain, they can admit frozen regions and liquid regions. The curve separating these two phases is called the arctic boundary. For random lozenge tilings of polygonal domains, it is predicted that the arctic boundary after proper rescaling converges to the Airy process, a universal scaling limit that is believed to govern various phenomena related to the Kardar–Parisi–Zhang universality class. In this talk, I will give an overview of this edge universality phenomenon, and explain a proof for random lozenge tilings of simply connected polygons forbidding specific (presumably non-generic) behaviors for singular points of the limiting arctic boundary. This is a joint work with Amol Aggarwal.