### A general smoothing inequality for disordered polymers

**Francesco Caravenna**

*(Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca)*

**Frank den Hollander**

*(Universiteit Leiden)*

#### Abstract

This note sharpens the smoothing inequality of Giacomin and Toninelli for disordered polymers. This inequality is shown to be valid for any disorder distribution with locally finite exponential moments, and to provide an asymptotically sharp constant for weak disorder. A key tool in the proof is an estimate that compares the effect on the free energy of tilting, respectively, shifting the disorder distribution. This estimate holds in large generality (way beyond disordered polymers) and is of independent interest.

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Publication Date: September 18, 2013

DOI: 10.1214/ECP.v18-2874

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