Mode coupling and renormalization group results

for the noisy Burgers equation

Erwin Frcy, U.C. Tauber and T. Hwa


        We investigate the noisy Burgers equation (Kardar--Parisi--Zhang equation in 1+1 dimensions) using the dynamical renormalization group (to two--loop order) and mode--coupling techniques. The roughness and dynamic exponent are fixed by Galilean invariance and a fluctuation--dissipation the- orem. The fact that there are no singular two--loop contributions to the two--point vertex functions supports the mode--coupling approach, which can be understood as a self--consistent one--loop the- ory where vertex corrections are neglected. Therefore, the numerical solution of the mode coupling equations yields very accurate results for the scaling functions. In addition, finite--size effects can be studied. Furthermore, the results from exact Ward identities, as well as from second--order per- turbation theory permit the quantitative evaluation of the vertex corrections, and thus provide a quantitative test for the mode--coupling approach. It is found that the vertex corrections themselves are of the order one. Surprisingly, however, their effect on the correlation function is substantially smaller.

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