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Deterministic and Stochastic Models for Coalescence (Aggregation, Coagulation): a Review of the MeanField Theory for Probabilists
 Bernoulli
, 1997
"... Consider N particles, which merge into clusters according to the rule: a cluster of size x and a cluster of size y merge at (stochastic) rate K(x; y)=N , where K is a specified rate kernel. This MarcusLushnikov model of stochastic coalescence, and the underlying deterministic approximation given by ..."
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Consider N particles, which merge into clusters according to the rule: a cluster of size x and a cluster of size y merge at (stochastic) rate K(x; y)=N , where K is a specified rate kernel. This MarcusLushnikov model of stochastic coalescence, and the underlying deterministic approximation given by the Smoluchowski coagulation equations, have an extensive scientific literature. Some mathematical literature (Kingman's coalescent in population genetics; component sizes in random graphs) implicitly studies the special cases K(x; y) = 1 and K(x; y) = xy. We attempt a wideranging survey. General kernels are only now starting to be studied rigorously, so many interesting open problems appear. Keywords. branching process, coalescence, continuum tree, densitydependent Markov process, gelation, random graph, random tree, Smoluchowski coagulation equation Research supported by N.S.F. Grant DMS9622859 1 Introduction Models, implicitly or explicitly stochastic, of coalescence (= coagulati...
Brownian Excursions, Critical Random Graphs and the Multiplicative Coalescent
, 1996
"... Let (B t (s); 0 s ! 1) be reflecting inhomogeneous Brownian motion with drift t \Gamma s at time s, started with B t (0) = 0. Consider the random graph G(n; n \Gamma1 +tn \Gamma4=3 ), whose largest components have size of order n 2=3 . Normalizing by n \Gamma2=3 , the asymptotic joint d ..."
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Let (B t (s); 0 s ! 1) be reflecting inhomogeneous Brownian motion with drift t \Gamma s at time s, started with B t (0) = 0. Consider the random graph G(n; n \Gamma1 +tn \Gamma4=3 ), whose largest components have size of order n 2=3 . Normalizing by n \Gamma2=3 , the asymptotic joint distribution of component sizes is the same as the joint distribution of excursion lengths of B t (Corollary 2). The dynamics of merging of components as t increases are abstracted to define the multiplicative coalescent process. The states of this process are vectors x of nonnegative real cluster sizes (x i ), and clusters with sizes x i and x j merge at rate x i x j . The multiplicative coalescent is shown to be a Feller process on l 2 . The random graph limit specifies the standard multiplicative coalescent, which starts from infinitesimally small clusters at time \Gamma1: the existence of such a process is not obvious. AMS 1991 subject classifications. 60C05, 60J50, Key words and phras...
Construction Of Markovian Coalescents
 Ann. Inst. Henri Poincar'e
, 1997
"... Partitionvalued and measurevalued coalescent Markov processes are constructed whose state describes the decomposition of a finite total mass m into a finite or countably infinite number of masses with sum m, and whose evolution is determined by the following intuitive prescription: each pair of ma ..."
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Partitionvalued and measurevalued coalescent Markov processes are constructed whose state describes the decomposition of a finite total mass m into a finite or countably infinite number of masses with sum m, and whose evolution is determined by the following intuitive prescription: each pair of masses of magnitudes x and y runs the risk of a binary collision to form a single mass of magnitude x+y at rate (x; y), for some nonnegative, symmetric collision rate kernel (x; y). Such processes with finitely many masses have been used to model polymerization, coagulation, condensation, and the evolution of galactic clusters by gravitational attraction. With a suitable choice of state space, and under appropriate restrictions on and the initial distribution of mass, it is shown that such processes can be constructed as Feller or Fellerlike processes. A number of further results are obtained for the additive coalescent with collision kernel (x; y) = x + y. This process, which arises fro...
Coalescent Random Forests
 J. COMBINATORIAL THEORY A
, 1998
"... Various enumerations of labeled trees and forests, including Cayley's formula n n\Gamma2 for the number of trees labeled by [n], and Cayley's multinomial expansion over trees, are derived from the following coalescent construction of a sequence of random forests (R n ; R n\Gamma1 ; : ..."
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Various enumerations of labeled trees and forests, including Cayley's formula n n\Gamma2 for the number of trees labeled by [n], and Cayley's multinomial expansion over trees, are derived from the following coalescent construction of a sequence of random forests (R n ; R n\Gamma1 ; : : : ; R 1 ) such that R k has uniform distribution over the set of all forests of k rooted trees labeled by [n]. Let R n be the trivial forest with n root vertices and no edges. For n k 2, given that R n ; : : : ; R k have been defined so that R k is a rooted forest of k trees, define R k\Gamma1 by addition to R k of a single edge picked uniformly at random from the set of n(k \Gamma 1) edges which when added to R k yield a rooted forest of k \Gamma 1 trees. This coalescent construction is related to a model for a physical process of clustering or coagulation, the additive coalescent in which a system of masses is subject to binary coalescent collisions, with each pair of masses of magnitude...
Smoluchowski’s coagulation equation: uniqueness, nonuniqueness and a hydrodynamic limit for the stochastic coalescent
 Ann. Appl. Probab
, 1999
"... Abstract. Sufficient conditions are given for existence and uniqueness in Smoluchowski’s coagulation equation, for a wide class of coagulation kernels and initial mass distributions. An example of nonuniqueness is constructed. The stochastic coalescent is shown to converge weakly to the solution of ..."
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Abstract. Sufficient conditions are given for existence and uniqueness in Smoluchowski’s coagulation equation, for a wide class of coagulation kernels and initial mass distributions. An example of nonuniqueness is constructed. The stochastic coalescent is shown to converge weakly to the solution of Smoluchowski’s equation. 1.
Ranked fragmentations
 ESAIM P&S
"... distributions for random partitions generated by a ..."
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Gibbs distributions for random partitions generated by a fragmentation process
, 2006
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Emergence of the Giant Component in Special MarcusLushnikov Processes
 Random Structures and Algorithms
, 1997
"... Component sizes in the usual random graph process are a special case of the MarcusLushnikov process discussed in the scientific literature, so it is natural to ask how theory surrounding emergence of the giant component generalizes to the MarcusLushnikov process. Essentially no rigorous results ar ..."
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Component sizes in the usual random graph process are a special case of the MarcusLushnikov process discussed in the scientific literature, so it is natural to ask how theory surrounding emergence of the giant component generalizes to the MarcusLushnikov process. Essentially no rigorous results are known; we make a start by proving a weak result, but our main purpose is to draw this topic to the attention of random graph theorists. 1 Introduction 1.1 Background At time zero there are n separate "atoms"; as time increases, these atoms coalesce into clusters according to the rule for each pair of clusters, of sizes fx; yg say, they coalesce into a single cluster of size x + y at rate K(x; y)=n where K(x; y) = K(y; x) 0 is some specified rate kernel. This rule specifies a continuoustime finitestate Markov process which we shall call the Research supported by N.S.F. Grant DMS9622859 MarcusLushnikov process. The model was introduced by Marcus [16], and further studied by Lush...
EXPLOSION PHENOMENA IN STOCHASTIC COAGULATION–FRAGMENTATION MODELS
, 2005
"... First we establish explosion criteria for jump processes with an arbitrary locally compact separable metric state space. Then these results are applied to two stochastic coagulation–fragmentation models— the direct simulation model and the mass flow model. In the pure coagulation case, there is almo ..."
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First we establish explosion criteria for jump processes with an arbitrary locally compact separable metric state space. Then these results are applied to two stochastic coagulation–fragmentation models— the direct simulation model and the mass flow model. In the pure coagulation case, there is almost sure explosion in the mass flow model for arbitrary homogeneous coagulation kernels with exponent bigger than 1. In the case of pure multiple fragmentation with a continuous size space, explosion occurs in both models provided the total fragmentation rate grows sufficiently fast at zero. However, an example shows that the explosion properties of both models are not equivalent. 1. Introduction. Coagulation–fragmentation models are used in different application fields ranging from chemical engineering (reacting polymers, soot formation) or aerosol technology to astrophysics (formation of stars and planets). These models describe the behavior of a system of particles that