Candidate Talk: The Limiting Shape of Internal DLA with Multiple Sources


January 30, 2008


Lionel Levine


University of California


Start with n particles at each of k points in the integer lattice Zd, and let each particle perform simple random walk until it reaches an unoccupied site. The law of the resulting random set of occupied sites does not depend on the order in which the walks are performed. We prove that if the distances between the starting points are scaled by n1/d, the set of occupied sites has a deterministic scaling limit. In two dimensions, the boundary of the limiting shape is an algebraic curve of degree 2k. The limiting shape can also be described in terms of quadrature identities for harmonic functions, revealing an underlying connection with classical topics in potential theory and fluid mechanics. Joint work with Yuval Peres.


Lionel Levine

Lionel Levine earned his Ph.D. in mathematics in 2007 from the University of California, Berkeley, and A.B. in mathematics in 2002 from Harvard University. He also studied in Budapest, Hungary as part of the Budapest Semesters in Mathematics program. His research interests are centered in probability and combinatorics.