Partial Survival and Crossing Statistics for a Diffusing Particle in a Transverse Shear Flow

Alan J. Bray 1, Satya N. Majumdar 2

Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and General 39 (2006) L625-L631

We consider a non-Gaussian stochastic process where a particle diffuses in the $y$-direction, $dy/dt=\eta(t)$, subject to a transverse shear flow in the $x$-direction, $dx/dt=f(y)$. Absorption with probability $p$ occurs at each crossing of the line $x=0$. We treat the class of models defined by $f(y) = \pm v_{\pm}(\pm y)^\alpha$ where the upper (lower) sign refers to $y>0$ ($y<0$). We show that the particle survives up to time $t$ with probability $Q(t) \sim t^{-\theta(p)}$ and we derive an explicit expression for $\theta(p)$ in terms of $\alpha$ and the ratio $v_+/v_-$. From $\theta(p)$ we deduce the mean and variance of the density of crossings of the line $x=0$ for this class of non-Gaussian processes.

  • 1. School of Physics and Astronomy,
    University of Manchester
  • 2. Laboratoire de Physique Théorique et Modèles Statistiques (LPTMS),
    CNRS : UMR8626 – Université Paris XI – Paris Sud
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