We resolve a long-standing conjecture of Wilson (Ann. Appl. Probab. 14 (2004) 274–325), reiterated by Oliveira (2016), asserting that the mixing time of the interchange process with unit edge rates on the n-dimensional hypercube is of order n. This follows from a sharp inequality established at the level of Dirichlet forms, from which we also deduce that macroscopic cycles emerge in constant time, and that the log-Sobolev constant of the exclusion process is of order 1. Beyond the hypercube, our results apply to cartesian products of arbitrary graphs of fixed size, shedding light on a broad conjecture of Oliveira (Ann. Probab. 41 (2013) 871–913).
"The interchange process on high-dimensional products." Ann. Appl. Probab. 31 (1) 84 - 98, February 2021. https://doi.org/10.1214/20-AAP1583