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Continuous time random walks in periodic systems: fluid limit and fractional differential equations on the circle

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2007-11-09
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Institute of Physics
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In this paper, the continuous time random walk on the circle is studied. We derive the corresponding generalized master equation and discuss the effects of topology, especially important when Lévy flights are allowed. Then, we work out the fluid limit equation, formulated in terms of the periodic version of the fractional Riemann–Liouville operators, for which we provide explicit expressions. Finally, we compute the propagator in some simple cases. The analysis presented herein should be relevant when investigating anomalous transport phenomena in systems with periodic dimensions.
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12 pages, 1 figure.-- PACS nrs.: 05.40.Fb, 02.50.Ey, 05.60.Cd, 05.10.Gg.-- ArXiv preprint available at: http://arxiv.org/abs/0708.3213
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[PACS] Random walks and Levy flights, [PACS] Stochastic processes, [PACS] Classical transport, [PACS] Stochastic analysis methods (Fokker-Planck, Langevin, etc.)
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J. Phys. A: Math. Theor. 40, 13511 (2009)
Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical, 2009, vol. 40, n. 45, id 13511