Publications by Andrea De Luca


Mutually avoiding paths in random media and largest eigenvalues of random matrices.

Physical review. E 95 (2017) 030103-

A De Luca, P Le Doussal

Recently, it was shown that the probability distribution function (PDF) of the free energy of a single continuum directed polymer (DP) in a random potential, equivalently to the height of a growing interface described by the Kardar-Parisi-Zhang (KPZ) equation, converges at large scale to the Tracy-Widom distribution. The latter describes the fluctuations of the largest eigenvalue of a random matrix, drawn from the Gaussian unitary ensemble (GUE), and the result holds for a DP with fixed end points, i.e., for the KPZ equation with droplet initial conditions. A more general conjecture can be put forward, relating the free energies of N>1 noncrossing continuum DP in a random potential, to the sum of the Nth largest eigenvalues of the GUE. Here, using replica methods, we provide an important test of this conjecture by calculating exactly the right tails of both PDFs and showing that they coincide for arbitrary N.


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