WIAS Preprint No. 1318, (2008)

Anisotropic growth of random surfaces in $2+1$ dimensions


  • Borodin, Alexei
  • Ferrari, Patrik

2010 Mathematics Subject Classification

  • 82C22 60K35 60G55 60G1


  • Anisotropic KPZ, Gaussian free field




We construct a family of stochastic growth models in $2+1$ dimensions, that belong to the anisotropic KPZ class. Appropriate projections of these models yield $1+1$ dimensional growth models in the KPZ class and random tiling models. We show that correlation functions associated to our models have determinantal structure, and we study large time asymptotics for one of the models. The main asymptotic results are: (1) The growing surface has a limit shape that consists of facets interpolated by a curved piece. (2) The one-point fluctuations of the height function in the curved part are asymptotically normal with variance of order $ln(t)$ for time $tgg 1$. (3) There is a map of the $(2+1)$-dimensional space-time to the upper half-plane $H$ such that on space-like submanifolds the multi-point fluctuations of the height function are asymptotically equal to those of the pullback of the Gaussian free (massless) field on $H$.

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