Long-time behaviour for a nonlocal model from directed polymers

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We consider the long time behaviour of solutions to a nonlocal reaction diffusion equation that arises in the study of directed polymers in a random environment. The model is characterized by convolution with a kernel R and an L 2 inner product. In one spatial dimension, we extend a previous result of the authors (arXiv:2002.02799), where only the case R = δ was considered; in particular, we show that solutions spread according to a 2 / 3 power law consistent with the KPZ scaling conjectured for directed polymers. In the special case when R = δ , we find the exact profile of the solution in the rescaled coordinates. We also consider the behaviour in higher dimensions. When the dimension is three or larger, we show that the long-time behaviour is the same as the heat equation in the sense that the solution converges to a standard Gaussian. In contrast, when the dimension is two, we construct a non-Gaussian self-similar solution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)902-954
Number of pages53
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2023


  • directed polymers
  • KPZ
  • long time behaviour
  • nonlocal equation
  • reaction-diffusion equation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Mathematical Physics
  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Applied Mathematics


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