Busemann functions and semi-infinite O'Connell-Yor polymers


We prove that given any fixed asymptotic velocity, the finite length O’Connell-Yor polymer has an infinite length limit satisfying the law of large numbers with this velocity. By a Markovian property of the quenched polymer this reduces to showing the existence of Busemann functions, i.e. almost sure limits of ratios of random point-to-point partition functions. The key ingredients are the Burke property of the O’Connell-Yor polymer and a comparison lemma for the ratios of partition functions. We also show the existence of infinite length limits in the Brownian last passage percolation model.

Tom Alberts
Tom Alberts
Associate Professor of Mathematics
University of Utah