SMS scnews item created by Andrew Mathas at Tue 29 Oct 2013 1740
Type: Seminar
Distribution: World
Expiry: 22 Nov 2013
Calendar1: 22 Nov 2013 1400-1500
CalLoc1: AGR Seminar
CalTitle1: AGR Seminar: Self-avoiding walks - rigorous and non-rigorous results
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AGR Seminar

Self-avoiding walks - rigorous and non-rigorous results

Professor Tony Guttmann

Host venue


Self-avoiding walks (SAWs) are widely studied as a problem in algebraic combinatorics by mathematicians, as a problem in algorithm design by computer scientists, as a model of phase transitions by mathematical physicists and as a model of polymers in dilute solution by chemists. More recently biologists have used them as models of DNA folding, and to model experiments in which biological molecules are pulled from a surface. I will describe the rather short list of rigorous results, the longer list of what we know'' to be true but can't prove, and describe some numerical results that are of interest in applications. No prior knowledge is assumed.

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Contact Maaike Wienk at, with a cc to Michael Shaw at AMSI (, one week in advance at the latest.


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