Mon, 05 Mar 2007
DH 3rd floor SR
Dr Vincent Beffara
ENS Lyon
  We present a link between polymer pinning by a columnar defect in a random medium and a particular model of interacting particles on the line, related to polynuclear growth. While the question of whether an arbitrarily small intensity for the defect always results in pinning is still open, in a 'randomized' version of the model, which is closely related to the zero-temperature Glauber dynamics of the Ising model, we are able to obtain explicit results and a complete understanding of the process. This is joint work with Vladas Sidoravicius and Maria Eulalia Vares.  
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