, Volume 87, Issue 2, pp 209-240

Markov branching processes with instantaneous immigration

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Summary

Markov branching processes with instantaneous immigration possess the property that immigration occurs immediately the number of particles reaches zero, i.e. the conditional expectation of sojourn time at zero is zero. In this paper we consider the existence and uniqueness of such a structure. We prove that if the sum of the immigration rates is finite then no such structure can exist, and we provide a necessary and sufficient condition for existence for the case in which this sum is infinite. Study of the uniqueness problem shows that for honest processes the solution is unique.