We investigate the behaviour of a finite chain of Brownian particles, interacting through a pairwise linear force, with one end of the chain fixed and the other end pulled away at slow speed, in the limit of slow speed and small Brownian noise.
We study the instant when the chain “breaks,” that is, the distance between two neighbouring particles becomes larger than a certain threshold. There are three different regimes depending on the relation between the speed of pulling and the Brownian noise. We provide weak limit theorems for the break time and the break position for each regime.
The first and third authors were supported by the co-ordinated grants of DFG (GO420/6-1) and RFBR (no. 20-51-12004).
We would like to thank the anonymous referees and the Associate Editor for carefully reviewing our manuscript and for their questions that inspired the results in Section 3.3.
We are also grateful to Dr. N. Gorn for encouraging computer simulations.
"Breaking a chain of interacting Brownian particles." Ann. Appl. Probab. 31 (6) 2585 - 2611, December 2021. https://doi.org/10.1214/20-AAP1658