Meaning of infinities in singular SPDEs

28 January 2016
Wei-Jun Xu
Many interesting stochastic PDEs arising from statistical physics are ill-posed in the sense that they involve products between distributions. Hence, the solutions to these equations are obtained after suitable renormalisations, which typically changes the original equation by a quantity that is infinity. In this talk, I will use KPZ and Phi^4_3 equations as two examples to explain the physical meanings of these infinities. As a consequence, we will see how these two equations, interpreted after suitable renormalisations, arise naturally as universal limits for two distinct classes of statistical physics systems. Part of the talk based on joint work with Martin Hairer.
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