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Our results in this article are twofold. First, we consider current fluctuations of the stationary asymmetric simple exclusion process (ASEP), run for some long time , and show that they are of order along a characteristic line. Upon scaling by , we establish that these fluctuations converge to the long-time height fluctuations of the stationary Kardar–Parisi–Zhang (KPZ) equation, that is, to the Baik–Rains distribution. This result has long been predicted under the context of KPZ universality and in particular extends upon a number of results in the field, including the work of Ferrari and Spohn from 2005 (when they established the same result for the TASEP) and the work of Balázs and Seppäläinen from 2010 (when they established the -scaling for the general ASEP).
Second, we introduce a class of translation-invariant Gibbs measures that characterizes a one-parameter family of slopes for an arbitrary ferroelectric, symmetric six-vertex model. This family of slopes corresponds to what is known as the conical singularity (or tricritical point) in the free-energy profile for the ferroelectric six-vertex model. We consider fluctuations of the height function of this model on a large grid of size and show that they too are of order along a certain characteristic line; this confirms a prediction of Bukman and Shore from 1995, stating that the ferroelectric six-vertex model should exhibit KPZ growth at the conical singularity.
Upon scaling the height fluctuations by , we again recover the Baik–Rains distribution in the large limit. Recasting this statement in terms of the (asymmetric) stochastic six-vertex model confirms a prediction of Gwa and Spohn from 1992.
Let be a smooth connected linear algebraic group, and let be a -torsor. Totaro asked: If admits a zero-cycle of degree , then does have a closed étale point of degree dividing ? While the literature contains affirmative answers in some special cases, we give examples to show that the answer is negative in general.