Abstract. We consider the sharp interface limit for the Allen-Cahn equation on the three dimensional torus with deterministic initial condition and deterministic or stochastic forcing terms. In the deterministic case, we discuss the convergence of solutions to the mean curvature flow, possibly with a forcing term, in the spirit of the pioneering work of Tom Ilmanen (JDG '93). In addition we analyze the convergence of the corresponding action functionals to a limiting functional described in terms of varifolds. In the second part I will comment on related results for the stochastic case, describing how this limiting functional enters in the large deviation asymptotics for the laws of the corresponding processes in the joint sharp interface and small noise limit.
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