Brownian Motion and Analytic Functions
This paper is mostly expository and is concerned with the connection between two dimensional Brownian motion and analytic functions provided by Levy's result that, if $Z_t, 0 \leqslant t < \infty$, is two dimensional Brownian motion, and if $f$ is analytic and not constant, then $f(Z_t), 0 \leqslant t < \infty$, is also two dimensional Brownian motion, perhaps moving at a variable speed. This can be used to study Brownian motion via analytic functions and, conversely, to treat analytic functions probabilistically. Recently several open problems in analytic function theory have been solved in this manner. We will present some of Doob's earlier work on the range and boundary values of analytic functions, the probabilistic theory of $H^p$ spaces due to Burkholder, Gundy and Silverstein, the author's results on conjugate function inequalities. and sketch probabilistic proofs of Picard's big and little theorems, and other theorems. There are some new results related to Hayman's generalization of Koebe's theorem.
Permanent link to this document: http://projecteuclid.org/euclid.aop/1176994888
Digital Object Identifier: doi:10.1214/aop/1176994888
Mathematical Reviews number (MathSciNet): MR548889
Zentralblatt MATH identifier: 0421.60072