Level lines of the Gaussian free field with general boundary data

03 Aug 2017

We study the level lines of a Gaussian free field in a planar domain with general boundary data F. We show that the level lines exist as continuous curves under the assumption that F is regulated (i.e., admits finite left and right limits at every point), and satisfies certain inequalities. Moreover, these level lines are a.s. determined by the field. This allows us to define and study a generalization of the SLE4(ρ) process, now with a continuum of force points. A crucial ingredient is a monotonicity property in terms of the boundary data which strengthens a result of Miller and Sheffield and is also of independent interest.