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2021 Anomalous spreading in reducible multitype branching Brownian motion
Mohamed Ali Belloum, Bastien Mallein
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Electron. J. Probab. 26: 1-39 (2021). DOI: 10.1214/21-EJP629


We consider a two-type reducible branching Brownian motion, defined as a particle system on the real line in which particles of two types move according to independent Brownian motions and create offspring at a constant rate. Particles of type 1 can give birth to particles of types 1 and 2, but particles of type 2 only give birth to descendants of type 2. Under some specific conditions, Biggins [10] shows that this process exhibits an anomalous spreading behaviour: the rightmost particle at time t is much further than the expected position for the rightmost particle in a branching Brownian motion consisting only of particles of type 1 or of type 2. This anomalous spreading also has been investigated from a reaction-diffusion equation standpoint by Holzer [26, 27]. The aim of this article is to study the asymptotic behaviour of the position of the furthest particles in the two-type reducible branching Brownian motion, obtaining in particular tight estimates for the median of the maximal displacement.

Funding Statement

The authors are partially funded by ANR-16-CE93-0003 (ANR MALIN). Additionally, M.A.B. is partially supported by Cofund MathInParis project from FSMP. This program has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 754362.


We are grateful to Nina Gantert for several discussions that helped improve the quality of this paper, as well as to the anonymous referee for helpful comments on the previous version of the manuscript.


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Mohamed Ali Belloum. Bastien Mallein. "Anomalous spreading in reducible multitype branching Brownian motion." Electron. J. Probab. 26 1 - 39, 2021.


Received: 8 November 2020; Accepted: 12 April 2021; Published: 2021
First available in Project Euclid: 5 May 2021

Digital Object Identifier: 10.1214/21-EJP629

Primary: 60G55 , 60J80
Secondary: 60G70 , 92D25

Keywords: anomalous spreading , Branching Brownian motion , Brownian motion , Extremal process , multitype branching process


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