Probability Theory and Related Fields

, Volume 90, Issue 3, pp 403–426

Limit distributions for minimal displacement of branching random walks

  • F. M. Dekking
  • B. Host

DOI: 10.1007/BF01193752

Cite this article as:
Dekking, F.M. & Host, B. Probab. Th. Rel. Fields (1991) 90: 403. doi:10.1007/BF01193752


We study the minimal displacement (Xn) of branching random walk with non-negative steps. It is shown that (XnEXn) is tight under a mild moment condition on the displacements. For supercritical B.R.W. (Xn) converges almost surely. For critical B.R.W. we determine the possible limit points of (XnEXn), and we prove a generalization of Kolmogorov's theorem on the extinction probability of a critical branching process. Finally we generalize Bramson's results on the almost sure convergence ofXn log 2/log logn.

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© Springer-Verlag 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • F. M. Dekking
    • 1
  • B. Host
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Mathematics and InformaticsDelft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Département de Mathématique et InformatiqueFaculté des Sciences de LuminyMarseille Cedex 9France

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