Journal article

Metastability of reversible condensed zero range processes on a finite set

Let r : S x S -> R+ be the jump rates of an irreducible random walk on a finite set S, reversible with respect to some probability measure m. For alpha > 1, let g : N -> R+ be given by g(0) = 0, g(1) = 1, g(k) = (k/k - 1)(alpha), k >= 2. Consider a zero range process on S in which a particle jumps from a site x, occupied by k particles, to a site y at rate g(k)r(x, y). Let N stand for the total number of particles. In the stationary state, as N up arrow infinity, all particles but a finite number accumulate on one single site. We show in this article that in the time scale N1+alpha the site which concentrates almost all particles evolves as a random walk on S whose transition rates are proportional to the capacities of the underlying random walk.


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