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Self-attracting Poisson clouds in an expanding universe


Bertoin, Jean (2002). Self-attracting Poisson clouds in an expanding universe. Communications in Mathematical Physics, 232(1):59-81.

Abstract

We consider the following elementary model for clustering by ballistic aggregation in an expanding universe. At the initial time, there is a doubly infinite sequence of particles lying in a one-dimensional universe that is expanding at constant rate. We suppose that each particle p attracts points at a certain rate a(p)/2 depending only on p, and when two particles, say p and q, collide by the effect of attraction, they merge as a single particle p*q. The main purpose of this work is to point at the following remarkable property of Poisson clouds in these dynamics. Under certain technical conditions, if at the initial time the system is distributed according to a spatially stationary Poisson cloud with intensity μ 0 , then at any time t > 0, the system will again have a Poissonian distribution, now with intensity μ t , where the family solves a generalization of Smoluchowski's coagulation equation.

Abstract

We consider the following elementary model for clustering by ballistic aggregation in an expanding universe. At the initial time, there is a doubly infinite sequence of particles lying in a one-dimensional universe that is expanding at constant rate. We suppose that each particle p attracts points at a certain rate a(p)/2 depending only on p, and when two particles, say p and q, collide by the effect of attraction, they merge as a single particle p*q. The main purpose of this work is to point at the following remarkable property of Poisson clouds in these dynamics. Under certain technical conditions, if at the initial time the system is distributed according to a spatially stationary Poisson cloud with intensity μ 0 , then at any time t > 0, the system will again have a Poissonian distribution, now with intensity μ t , where the family solves a generalization of Smoluchowski's coagulation equation.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Mathematics
Dewey Decimal Classification:510 Mathematics
Language:English
Date:2002
Deposited On:03 Jul 2013 13:13
Last Modified:07 Dec 2017 21:34
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:0010-3616
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/s00220-002-0740-1
Related URLs:http://www.ams.org/mathscinet-getitem?mr=1942857
http://www.zentralblatt-math.org/zbmath/search/?q=an%3A1016.83043

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