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Competition interfaces and second class particles

Pablo A. Ferrari and Leandro P. R. Pimentel

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The one-dimensional nearest-neighbor totally asymmetric simple exclusion process can be constructed in the same space as a last-passage percolation model in ℤ2. We show that the trajectory of a second class particle in the exclusion process can be linearly mapped into the competition interface between two growing clusters in the last-passage percolation model. Using technology built up for geodesics in percolation, we show that the competition interface converges almost surely to an asymptotic random direction. As a consequence we get a new proof for the strong law of large numbers for the second class particle in the rarefaction fan and describe the distribution of the asymptotic angle of the competition interface.

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Ann. Probab., Volume 33, Number 4 (2005), 1235-1254.

First available in Project Euclid: 1 July 2005

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Primary: 60K35: Interacting random processes; statistical mechanics type models; percolation theory [See also 82B43, 82C43]
Secondary: 82B

Asymmetric simple exclusion second class particle Burgers equation rarefaction fan last-passage percolation competition interface


Ferrari, Pablo A.; Pimentel, Leandro P. R. Competition interfaces and second class particles. Ann. Probab. 33 (2005), no. 4, 1235--1254. doi:10.1214/009117905000000080.

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