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January 2005 Characterization of invariant measures at the leading edge for competing particle systems
Anastasia Ruzmaikina, Michael Aizenman
Ann. Probab. 33(1): 82-113 (January 2005). DOI: 10.1214/009117904000000865


We study systems of particles on a line which have a maximum, are locally finite and evolve with independent increments. “Quasi-stationary states” are defined as probability measures, on the σ-algebra generated by the gap variables, for which joint distribution of gaps between particles is invariant under the time evolution. Examples are provided by Poisson processes with densities of the form ρ(dx)=esxsdx, with s>0, and linear superpositions of such measures. We show that, conversely, any quasi-stationary state for the independent dynamics, with an exponentially bounded integrated density of particles, corresponds to a superposition of Poisson processes with densities ρ(dx)=esxsdx with s>0, restricted to the relevant σ-algebra. Among the systems for which this question is of some relevance are spin-glass models of statistical mechanics, where the point process represents the collection of the free energies of distinct “pure states,” the time evolution corresponds to the addition of a spin variable and the Poisson measures described above correspond to the so-called REM states.


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Anastasia Ruzmaikina. Michael Aizenman. "Characterization of invariant measures at the leading edge for competing particle systems." Ann. Probab. 33 (1) 82 - 113, January 2005.


Published: January 2005
First available in Project Euclid: 11 February 2005

zbMATH: 1096.60042
MathSciNet: MR2118860
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1214/009117904000000865

Primary: 60G55 , 60G70 , 62P35

Keywords: Invariant measures , large deviations , Poisson processes , REM states , Spin glasses , Stochastic processes

Rights: Copyright © 2005 Institute of Mathematical Statistics


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