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Bootstrap percolation and interacting particle systems with kinetic constraints

12 October 2017 at 12:01 PM - 1:00 PM

Room 207, Campus on Viale Romania, 32

Speaker: Fabio Martinelli, Università degli Studi di Roma Tre

Recent years have seen a great deal of progress in understanding the behavior of bootstrap percolation models, a particular class of monotone cellular automata. In the two-dimensional lattice, there is now a quite satisfactory understanding of their evolution starting from a random initial condition, with a strikingly beautiful universality picture for their critical behavior (length and time scales). Much less is known for their non-monotone stochastic counterpart, namely kinetically constrained models (KCM). In KCMs the state of each vertex which could be infected by the bootstrap percolation rules is resampled (independently among the vertices) at rate one by tossing a p-coin. In particular, the infection can also heal, hence the non-monotonicity. Besides their connection with bootstrap percolation, KCMs have a strong interest in their own: as p ↓ 0 they display some of the most striking features of the liquid/glass transition, a major and still largely open problem in condensed matter physics. In this talk, after an introductory first part, I shall discuss (i) some recent conjectures relating the universality behavior of critical KCMs to their bootstrap percolation counterpart and (ii) some very recent progress towards proving the above conjectures.