Universality for the pinning model in the weak coupling regime

Francesco Caravenna, Fabio Lucio Toninelli, Niccolò Torri
2017 Annals of Probability  
We consider disordered pinning models, when the return time distribution of the underlying renewal process has a polynomial tail with exponent $\alpha \in (1/2,1)$. This corresponds to a regime where disorder is known to be relevant, i.e. to change the critical exponent of the localization transition and to induce a non-trivial shift of the critical point. We show that the free energy and critical curve have an explicit universal asymptotic behavior in the weak coupling regime, depending only
more » ... e, depending only on the tail of the return time distribution and not on finer details of the models. This is obtained comparing the partition functions with corresponding continuum quantities, through coarse-graining techniques.
doi:10.1214/16-aop1109 fatcat:lzfg6ieg7fbpvechalzle3ylam