Journal of Statistical Physics

, Volume 140, Issue 2, pp 232–267 | Cite as

Limit Processes for TASEP with Shocks and Rarefaction Fans

  • Ivan Corwin
  • Patrik L. Ferrari
  • Sandrine Péché


We consider the totally asymmetric simple exclusion process (TASEP) with two-sided Bernoulli initial condition, i.e., with left density ρ and right density ρ+. We study the associated height function, whose discrete gradient is given by the particle occurrences. Macroscopically one has a deterministic limit shape with a shock or a rarefaction fan depending on the values of ρ±. We characterize the large time scaling limit of the multipoint fluctuations as a function of the densities ρ± and of the different macroscopic regions. Moreover, using a slow decorrelation phenomena, the results are extended from fixed time to the whole space-time, except along the some directions (the characteristic solutions of the related Burgers equation) where the problem is still open.

On the way to proving the results for TASEP, we obtain the limit processes for the fluctuations in a class of corner growth processes with external sources, of equivalently for the last passage time in a directed percolation model with two-sided boundary conditions. Additionally, we provide analogous results for eigenvalues of perturbed complex Wishart (sample covariance) matrices.


Interacting particle system Asymmetric exclusion process KPZ class Directed percolation Fluctuations Space-time correlations 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ivan Corwin
    • 1
  • Patrik L. Ferrari
    • 2
  • Sandrine Péché
    • 3
  1. 1.Courant Institute of Mathematical SciencesNew York UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Institute for Applied MathematicsUniversity of BonnBonnGermany
  3. 3.Institut FourierSaint Martin d’HeresFrance

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