The longest excursion of a random interacting polymer
- Köcher, Janine
- König, Wolfgang
2010 Mathematics Subject Classification
- 60F05 82D60
- Free energy, interacting polymer, longest excursion, extreme value theory, renewal theory
We consider a random $N$-step polymer under the influence of an attractive interaction with the origin and derive a limit law -- after suitable shifting and norming -- for the length of the longest excursion towards the Gumbel distribution. The embodied law of large numbers in particular implies that the longest excursion is of order $log N$ long. The main tools are taken from extreme value theory and renewal theory.