Journal of Applied Probability

Hydrodynamic limit for a type of exclusion process with slow bonds in dimension d ≥ 2

Tertuliano Franco, Adriana Neumann, and Glauco Valle

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Let Λ be a connected closed region with smooth boundary contained in the d-dimensional continuous torus Td. In the discrete torus N-1TdN, we consider a nearest-neighbor symmetric exclusion process where occupancies of neighboring sites are exchanged at rates depending on Λ in the following way: if both sites are in Λ or Λc, the exchange rate is 1; if one site is in Λ and the other site is in Λc, and the direction of the bond connecting the sites is ej, then the exchange rate is defined as N-1 times the absolute value of the inner product between ej and the normal exterior vector to ∂Λ. We show that this exclusion-type process has a nontrivial hydrodynamical behavior under diffusive scaling and, in the continuum limit, particles are not blocked or reflected by ∂Λ. Thus, the model represents a system of particles under hard-core interaction in the presence of a permeable membrane which slows down the passage of particles between two complementary regions.

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J. Appl. Probab., Volume 48, Number 2 (2011), 333-351.

First available in Project Euclid: 21 June 2011

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Primary: 80C22
Secondary: 60-XX: PROBABILITY THEORY AND STOCHASTIC PROCESSES {For additional applications, see 11Kxx, 62-XX, 90-XX, 91-XX, 92-XX, 93-XX, 94-XX}

Hydrodynamic limit exclusion process nonhomogeneous media


Franco, Tertuliano; Neumann, Adriana; Valle, Glauco. Hydrodynamic limit for a type of exclusion process with slow bonds in dimension d ≥ 2. J. Appl. Probab. 48 (2011), no. 2, 333--351. doi:10.1239/jap/1308662631.

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