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Interacting random particle systems have been successfully used in various areas to describe phenomena such as phase transitions, e.g. macroscopic change by specifying their microscopic interaction when tuning a parameter. Think of the transition between ice and water when heating up the system. Key objects are Gibbs measures, which describe macroscopic equilibrium states of large systems of many interacting objects. In case that the interaction is of finite range, the geometry of the set of Gibbs measures and most of its properties are well understood. Many interesting physical systems have interactions which decay polynomially or are of Coulomb or van der Waals-type. In this context, natural questions are still open.
In this PhD project you will investigate the geometry of the simplex of Gibbs measures with nonlocal interactions, in particular effective interface models and their scaling limits. The research work is theoretical and lies in the intersection of the area of theoretical probability, analysis and mathematical physics.
As a PhD student your task is to:
For more information about the research interests of the supervisors please visit their profile page on our website.
We are looking for a candidate that brings the following:
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