18 May

Agliari, E., Sartori, F., Cattivelli, L. and Cassi, D., 2015. Hitting and trapping times on branched structures. Physical Review E, 91(5), p.052132.

In this work we consider a simple random walk embedded in a generic branched structure and we find a close-form formula to calculate the hitting time H(i,f) between two arbitrary nodes i and j. We then use this formula to obtain the set of hitting times {H(i,f)} for combs and their expectation values, namely, the mean first-passage time, where the average is performed over the initial node while the final node f is given, and the global mean first-passage time, where the average is performed over both the initial and the final node. Finally, we discuss applications in the context of reaction-diffusion problems.

http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevE.91.052132