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August 2014 Poisson–Dirichlet statistics for the extremes of a log-correlated Gaussian field
Louis-Pierre Arguin, Olivier Zindy
Ann. Appl. Probab. 24(4): 1446-1481 (August 2014). DOI: 10.1214/13-AAP952


We study the statistics of the extremes of a discrete Gaussian field with logarithmic correlations at the level of the Gibbs measure. The model is defined on the periodic interval $[0,1]$, and its correlation structure is nonhierarchical. It is based on a model introduced by Bacry and Muzy [Comm. Math. Phys. 236 (2003) 449–475] (see also Barral and Mandelbrot [Probab. Theory Related Fields 124 (2002) 409–430]), and is similar to the logarithmic Random Energy Model studied by Carpentier and Le Doussal [Phys. Rev. E (3) 63 (2001) 026110] and more recently by Fyodorov and Bouchaud [J. Phys. A 41 (2008) 372001]. At low temperature, it is shown that the normalized covariance of two points sampled from the Gibbs measure is either $0$ or $1$. This is used to prove that the joint distribution of the Gibbs weights converges in a suitable sense to that of a Poisson–Dirichlet variable. In particular, this proves a conjecture of Carpentier and Le Doussal that the statistics of the extremes of the log-correlated field behave as those of i.i.d. Gaussian variables and of branching Brownian motion at the level of the Gibbs measure. The method of proof is robust and is adaptable to other log-correlated Gaussian fields.


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Louis-Pierre Arguin. Olivier Zindy. "Poisson–Dirichlet statistics for the extremes of a log-correlated Gaussian field." Ann. Appl. Probab. 24 (4) 1446 - 1481, August 2014.


Published: August 2014
First available in Project Euclid: 14 May 2014

zbMATH: 1301.60042
MathSciNet: MR3211001
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1214/13-AAP952

Primary: 60F05 , 60G15
Secondary: 60G70 , 82B26 , 82B44

Keywords: Gibbs measure , Log-correlated Gaussian fields , Poisson–Dirichlet variable , Spin glasses , tree approximation

Rights: Copyright © 2014 Institute of Mathematical Statistics

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