Critical percolation exploration path and SLE6: A proof of convergence

Federico Camia, Charles M. Newman

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It was argued by Schramm and Smirnov that the critical site percolation exploration path on the triangular lattice converges in distribution to the trace of chordal SLE 6. We provide here a detailed proof, which relies on Smirnov's theorem that crossing probabilities have a conformally invariant scaling limit (given by Cardy's formula). The version of convergence to SLE 6 that we prove suffices for the Smirnov-Werner derivation of certain critical percolation crossing exponents and for our analysis of the critical percolation full scaling limit as a process of continuum nonsimple loops.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)473-519
Number of pages47
JournalProbability Theory and Related Fields
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Nov 2007


  • Conformal invariance
  • Continuum scaling limit
  • Critical behavior
  • Percolation
  • SLE
  • Triangular lattice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analysis
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty


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