The Annals of Probability

On the Growth of One Dimensional Contact Processes

Richard Durrett

Full-text: Open access

Abstract

In this paper we will study the number of particles alive at time $t$ in a one dimensional contact process $\xi^0_t$ which starts with one particle at 0 at time 0. In the case of a nearest neighbor interaction we will show that if $|\xi^0_t|$ is the number of particles and $r_t, l_t$ are the positions of the rightmost and leftmost particles (with $r_t = l_t = 0$ if $|\xi^0_t| = 0$) then there are constants $\gamma, \alpha$, and $\beta$ so that $|\xi^0_t|/t, r_t/t$, and $l_t/t$ converge in $L^1$ to $\gamma 1_\Lambda, \alpha 1_\Lambda$ and $\beta 1_\Lambda$ where $\Lambda = \{|\xi^0_t| > 0$ for all $t\}$. The constant $\gamma = \rho(\alpha - \beta)^+$ where $\rho$ is the density of the "upper invariant measure" $\xi^Z_\infty$.

Article information

Source
Ann. Probab., Volume 8, Number 5 (1980), 890-907.

Dates
First available in Project Euclid: 19 April 2007

Permanent link to this document
https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.aop/1176994619

Digital Object Identifier
doi:10.1214/aop/1176994619

Mathematical Reviews number (MathSciNet)
MR586774

Zentralblatt MATH identifier
0457.60082

JSTOR
links.jstor.org

Subjects
Primary: 60K35: Interacting random processes; statistical mechanics type models; percolation theory [See also 82B43, 82C43]
Secondary: 60F15: Strong theorems

Keywords
Infinite particle system contact process convergence theorem subadditive processes coupling

Citation

Durrett, Richard. On the Growth of One Dimensional Contact Processes. Ann. Probab. 8 (1980), no. 5, 890--907. doi:10.1214/aop/1176994619. https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.aop/1176994619


Export citation