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Seminar

Confinement of unimodal probability distributions and an FKG-Gaussian correlation inequality

Speaker
Mark Sellke (Harvard)
Date
Mon, May 20 2024, 4:00pm
Location
Sequoia 200
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While unimodal probability distributions are well understood in dimension 1, the same cannot be said in high dimension without imposing stronger conditions such as log-concavity. I will explain a new approach to proving confinement (e.g., variance upper bounds) for high-dimensional unimodal distributions which are not log-concave, based on an extension of Royen's celebrated Gaussian correlation inequality. We will see how it yields new localization results for Ginzburg-Landau random surfaces with very general monotone potentials.

Time permitting, I will also mention a related result on the effective mass of the Fröhlich Polaron, which is joint work with Rodrigo Bazaes, Chiranjib Mukherjee, and S.R.S. Varadhan.