Exact scaling functions for one-dimensional stationary KPZ growth

Michael Prähofer, Herbert Spohn

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We determine the stationary two-point correlation function of the one-dimensional KPZ equation through the scaling limit of a solvable microscopic model, the polynuclear growth model. The equivalence to a directed polymer problem with specific boundary conditions allows one to express the corresponding scaling function in terms of the solution to a Riemann-Hilbert problem related to the Painlevé II equation. We solve these equations numerically with very high precision and compare our, up to numerical rounding exact, result with the prediction of Colaiori and Moore obtained from the mode coupling approximation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)255-279
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Statistical Physics
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Apr 2004


  • Exact z-point function of the stationary polynuclear growth model
  • Orthogonal polynomials
  • Recursion relations


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