Topics in 2D continuum random geometry


Lecturer(s) :

Aru Juhan




Only this year


Next time: Spring 2019


This course is about 2D continuum random geometry. We will overview the recent progress in describing and studying natural families of random curves (SLE), random height functions (GFF) and random metrics (LQG), emphasising the intimate connections between these objects.


This course is about 2D continuum random geometry, a topic that has seen a rapid development over the past 20 years. We will discuss topics like the Schramm-Loewner evolution (a family of random curves), the Gaussian free field (a natural random height function), Brownian loop soups and Gaussian multiplicative chaos (a building-block for probabilistic models of 2D quantum gravity). An important part of this course is emphasising the strong connections between these objects and the interplay between probability theory and complex analysis.

Previous encounters with Brownian motion and complex analysis (to the level of Riemann mapping theorem) are very helpful.


random geometry, conformal invariance, Brownian motion, Schramm-Loewner Evolution, Gaussian free field, Gaussian multiplicative chaos¿

Learning Prerequisites

Recommended courses

Basic courses on measure theory, stochastic processes and complex analysis.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:



There are several lecture notes available on the internet, most notably by W. Werner (on SLE and on GFF), by J. Miller (on SLE), N. Berestycki (on GFF and Gaussian multiplicative chaos).

In the programs

  • Mathematics (edoc), 2018-2019
    • Semester
    • Exam form
      Oral presentation
    • Credits
    • Subject examined
      Topics in 2D continuum random geometry
    • Lecture
      28 Hour(s)
    • Practical work
      28 Hour(s)

Reference week

Exercise, TP
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  • Autumn semester
  • Winter sessions
  • Spring semester
  • Summer sessions
  • Lecture in French
  • Lecture in English
  • Lecture in German