The probability density function tail of the Kardar–Parisi–Zhang equation in the strongly nonlinear regime
Journal article, 2016

An analytical derivation of the probability density function (PDF) tail describing the strongly correlated interface growth governed by the nonlinear Kardar–Parisi–Zhang equation is provided. The PDF tail exactly coincides with a Tracy–Widom distribution i.e. a PDF tail proportional to exp(-cw_2^(3/2)), where w_2 is the the width of the interface. The PDF tail is computed by the instanton method in the strongly non-linear regime within the Martin–Siggia– Rose framework using a careful treatment of the non-linear interactions. In addition, the effect of spatial dimensions on the PDF tail scaling is discussed. This gives a novel approach to understand the rightmost PDF tail of the interface width distribution and the analysis suggests that there is no upper critical dimension.



interface growth



Johan Anderson

Chalmers, Earth and Space Sciences, Plasma Physics and Fusion Energy

Jonas Johansson

Lund University

Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical

1751-8113 (ISSN) 1751-8121 (eISSN)

Vol. 49 50 505001- 505001

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Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (2010-2017)

Materials Science

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Physical Sciences

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Basic sciences



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