December 2022 Continuum models of directed polymers on disordered diamond fractals in the critical case
Jeremy Thane Clark
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Ann. Appl. Probab. 32(6): 4186-4250 (December 2022). DOI: 10.1214/22-AAP1783


We construct and study a family of random continuum polymer measures Mr corresponding to limiting partition function laws recently derived in a weak-coupling regime for polymer models on hierarchical graphs with marginally relevant disorder. The continuum polymers, which we refer to as directed paths, are identified with isometric embeddings of the unit interval [0,1] into a compact diamond fractal having Hausdorff dimension two, and there is a natural “uniform” probability measure, μ, over the space of directed paths, Γ. Realizations of the random path measures Mr exhibit strong localization properties in comparison to their subcritical counterparts in which the diamond fractal has dimension less than two. Whereas two paths p,qΓ sampled independently using the pure measure μ have only finitely many intersections with probability one, a realization of the disordered product measure Mr×Mr a.s. assigns positive weight to the set of pairs of paths (p,q) whose intersection sets are uncountable but of Hausdorff dimension zero. We give a more refined characterization of the size of these dimension-zero sets using generalized (logarithmic) Hausdorff measures. The law of the random measure Mr cannot be constructed as a subcritical Gaussian multiplicative chaos because the coupling strength to the Gaussian field would, in a formal sense, have to be infinite.


I thank the anonymous referees of this article and [15, 13] for their valuable feedback.


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Jeremy Thane Clark. "Continuum models of directed polymers on disordered diamond fractals in the critical case." Ann. Appl. Probab. 32 (6) 4186 - 4250, December 2022.


Received: 1 November 2019; Revised: 1 August 2021; Published: December 2022
First available in Project Euclid: 6 December 2022

MathSciNet: MR4522350
zbMATH: 1504.60053
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1214/22-AAP1783

Primary: 60F17 , 60G57 , 60K37 , 82B44
Secondary: 60J80

Keywords: critical scaling window , diamond hierarchical lattice , Directed polymer in a random environment , random path measures

Rights: Copyright © 2022 Institute of Mathematical Statistics


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