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Limiting distribution of the rightmost particle in catalytic branching Brownian motion

Sergey Bocharov and Simon C. Harris

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We study the model of binary branching Brownian motion with spatially-inhomogeneous branching rate $\beta \delta _0(\cdot )$, where $\delta _0(\cdot )$ is the Dirac delta function and $\beta $ is some positive constant. We show that the distribution of the rightmost particle centred about $\frac{\beta } {2}t$ converges to a mixture of Gumbel distributions according to a martingale limit. Our results form a natural extension to S. Lalley and T. Sellke [10] for the degenerate case of catalytic branching.

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Electron. Commun. Probab. Volume 21 (2016), paper no. 70, 12 pp.

Received: 12 May 2016
Accepted: 7 September 2016
First available in Project Euclid: 4 October 2016

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Primary: 60J55: Local time and additive functionals 60J65: Brownian motion [See also 58J65] 60J80: Branching processes (Galton-Watson, birth-and-death, etc.)

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Bocharov, Sergey; Harris, Simon C. Limiting distribution of the rightmost particle in catalytic branching Brownian motion. Electron. Commun. Probab. 21 (2016), paper no. 70, 12 pp. doi:10.1214/16-ECP22. https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.ecp/1475601101

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