• First passage time and escape time distributions for continuous time random walks

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      Continuous time random walk; first passage time; escape time; fractal random walks

    • Abstract


      We consider an arbitrary continuous time random walk (ctrw)via unbiased nearest-neighbour jumps on a linear lattice. Solutions are presented for the distributions of the first passage time and the time of escape from a bounded region. A simple relation between the conditional probability function and the first passage time distribution is analysed. So is the structure of the relation between the characteristic functions of the first passage time and escape time distributions. The mean first passage time is shown to diverge for all (unbiased)ctrw’s. The divergence of the mean escape time is related to that of the mean time between jumps. A class ofctrw’s displaying a self-similar clustering behaviour in time is considered. The exponent characterising the divergence of the mean escape time is shown to be (1−H), whereH(0<H<1) is the fractal dimensionality of thectrw.

    • Author Affiliations


      V Balakrishnan1 M Khantha1

      1. Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras - 600 036, India
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