Journal article

ON RETURNS TO THE STARTING SITE IN LATTICE RANDOM-WALKS

BD HUGHES

PHYSICA A-STATISTICAL MECHANICS AND ITS APPLICATIONS | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 1986

Abstract

In sufficiently low-dimensional systems, the conditional mean time to return to the starting site (conditional upon return eventually occuring) is infinite. We examine the conditional mean time τn to return in a walk of finite duration n steps. For walks of Pólya type, τn is found asymptotically proportional to `√n, n log2 n, √n and log n in dimensions 1, 2, 3 and 4 respectively. Results are also given for walks with long-ranged transitions, and for a one-dimensional walk in a central potential. © 1986.

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