Scaling Limits in Models of Statistical Mechanics

  • Kenneth Alexander

    University of Southern California, Los Angeles, United States
  • Marek Biskup

    University of California Los Angeles, United States
  • Remco van der Hofstad

    TU Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • Vladas Sidoravicius

    Instituto de Matemática Pura e Aplicada, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


This has been the third workshop around Statistical Mechanics organized in the last 6 years. The main topic consisted of spatial random processes and their connections to statistical mechanics. The common underlying theme of the subjects discussed at the meeting is the existence of a scaling limit, i.e., a continuum object that approximates the discrete one under study at sufficiently large spatial scales. The specific topics that have been discussed included two-dimensional and high-dimensional critical models, random graphs and various random geometric problems, such as random interlacements, polymers, etc. The workshop bolstered interactions between groups of researchers in these areas and led to interesting and fruitful exchanges of ideas.

Cite this article

Kenneth Alexander, Marek Biskup, Remco van der Hofstad, Vladas Sidoravicius, Scaling Limits in Models of Statistical Mechanics. Oberwolfach Rep. 9 (2012), no. 3, pp. 2657–2745

DOI 10.4171/OWR/2012/44