## The Annals of Probability

- Ann. Probab.
- Volume 19, Number 3 (1991), 935-959.

### $L_2$ Rates of Convergence for Attractive Reversible Nearest Particle Systems: The Critical Case

#### Abstract

Reversible nearest particle systems are certain one-dimensional interacting particle systems whose transition rates are determined by a probability density $\beta(n)$ with finite mean on the positive integers. The reversible measure for such a system is the distribution $\nu$ of the stationary renewal process corresponding to this density. In an earlier paper, we proved under certain regularity conditions that the system converges exponentially rapidly in $L_2(\nu)$ if and only if the system is supercritical. This in turn is equivalent to $\beta(n)$ having exponential tails. In this paper, we consider the critical case, and give moment conditions on $\beta(n)$ which are separately necessary and sufficient for the convergence of the process in $L_2(\nu)$ at a specified algebraic rate. In order to do so, we develop conditions on the generator of a general Markov process which correspond to algebraic $L_2$ convergence of the process. The use of these conditions is also illustrated in the context of birth and death chains on the positive integers.

#### Article information

**Source**

Ann. Probab., Volume 19, Number 3 (1991), 935-959.

**Dates**

First available in Project Euclid: 19 April 2007

**Permanent link to this document**

https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.aop/1176990330

**Digital Object Identifier**

doi:10.1214/aop/1176990330

**Mathematical Reviews number (MathSciNet)**

MR1112402

**Zentralblatt MATH identifier**

0737.60092

**JSTOR**

links.jstor.org

**Subjects**

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

**Keywords**

Interacting particle systems nearest particle systems algebraic rates of convergence for semigroups renewal theory

#### Citation

Liggett, Thomas M. $L_2$ Rates of Convergence for Attractive Reversible Nearest Particle Systems: The Critical Case. Ann. Probab. 19 (1991), no. 3, 935--959. doi:10.1214/aop/1176990330. https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.aop/1176990330