|Funding for:||UK Students, EU Students, International Students|
|Funding amount:||Not Specified|
|Placed On:||10th June 2019|
|Closes:||31st August 2019|
We invite applications for this studentship funded by the Department of Mathematics in the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences.
Consider a two-dimensional lattice where each lattice site is given a random weight according to some background probability distribution. Given two lattice points, the maximum over all possible paths connecting them of the sum of the weights is called last passage time and it is the purpose of last passage percolation models to study the properties of the last passage time.
Models of last passage percolation are well-studied, particularly when they exhibit certain integrability properties that make them analytically tractable. The importance arises from rigorous connections between a handful of those models and random matrix theory. Limiting laws for the last passage time (the main object of study) are the same as those for the limiting laws for the largest eigenvalue of certain random matrix ensembles. These are called Tracy-Widom laws and they are synonymous with membership of the Kardar-Parisi-Zhang (KPZ) class. While it is expected that a wide range of models belong to this class, this universality result has remained so far elusive. The proposed projects delve into a model that is partially in the KPZ class but already exhibits behaviour that it is not expected or predicted by the fully integrable models.
For more information, please see:
1) Federico Ciech and Nicos Georgiou. Last passage percolation in an exponential environment with discontinuous rates.
2) Nicos Georgiou, Rohini Kumar, and Timo Seppäläinen: TASEP with discontinuous jump rates.
ALEA 7: 293-318, 2010.
Students are encouraged to apply, or at least send an expression of interest, as early as possible. The studentship will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate can be found.
Possible start dates are 15 September 2019, 15 January 2020, or 15 May 2020.
The last possible date that applications can be considered is 31 August 2019.
Informal enquiries are welcome and should be directed to Dr. Nicos Georgiou firstname.lastname@example.org (Profile page: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/329373) and Prof. Enrico Scalas, email@example.com (Profile page: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/330303).
How to Apply
Apply through the Sussex on-line postgraduate application system accessible from:
In the Other Information/Funding Section state that you are applying for "PhD studentship on Large Deviation Rate Function and Variance for Inhomogeneous Corner Growth Processes with Dr Nicos Georgiou and Prof Enrico Scalas".
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