The Annals of Probability

The Survival of One-Dimensional Contact Processes in Random Environments

Thomas M. Liggett

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Consider the inhomogeneous contact process on $Z^1$ with recovery rate $\delta(k)$ at site $k$ and infection rates $\lambda(k)$ and $\rho(k)$ at site $k$ due to the presence of infected neighbors at $k - 1$ and $k + 1$ respectively. A special case of the main result in this paper is the following: Suppose that the environment is chosen in such a way that the $\delta(k)$'s, $\lambda(k)$'s and $\rho(k)$'s are all mutually independent, with the $\delta(k)$'s having a common distribution, and the $\lambda(k)$'s and $\rho(k)$'s having a common distribution. Then the process survives if $E\frac{\delta(\lambda + \rho + \delta)}{\lambda\rho} < 1,$ while the right edge $r_t$ of the process with initial configuration $\cdots$ 111000 $\cdots$ satisfies $\lim\sup_{t\rightarrow\infty}r_t = +\infty$ if $E\log\frac{\delta(\lambda + \rho + \delta)}{\lambda\rho} < 0.$ If the environment is deterministic and periodic with period $p$, we prove survival if $\Pi^p_{k=1}\frac{\delta(k)\lbrack\lambda(k) + \rho(k - 1) + \delta(k)\rbrack}{\lambda(k)\rho(k - 1)} < 1$ and $\Pi^p_{k=1}\frac{\delta(k - 1)\lbrack\lambda(k) + \rho(k - 1) + \delta(k - 1)\rbrack}{\lambda(k)\rho(k - 1)} < 1.$

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Ann. Probab., Volume 20, Number 2 (1992), 696-723.

First available in Project Euclid: 19 April 2007

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Primary: 60K35: Interacting random processes; statistical mechanics type models; percolation theory [See also 82B43, 82C43]

Contact process processes in random environments


Liggett, Thomas M. The Survival of One-Dimensional Contact Processes in Random Environments. Ann. Probab. 20 (1992), no. 2, 696--723. doi:10.1214/aop/1176989801.

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