The Annals of Probability

Brownian Motion and Analytic Functions

Burgess Davis

Full-text: Open access


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.

Article information

Ann. Probab. Volume 7, Number 6 (1979), 913-932.

First available in Project Euclid: 19 April 2007

Permanent link to this document

Digital Object Identifier

Mathematical Reviews number (MathSciNet)

Zentralblatt MATH identifier


Primary: 60J65: Brownian motion [See also 58J65]
Secondary: 30A78 42A40 42A36 30A70

30-02 Analytic functions Brownian motion conjugate function Hardy spaces Picard's theorem nontangental maximal function


Davis, Burgess. Brownian Motion and Analytic Functions. Ann. Probab. 7 (1979), no. 6, 913--932. doi:10.1214/aop/1176994888.

Export citation