On diffusions in media with pockets of large diffusivity

  • Mark Freidlin
  • Leonid KoralovEmail author
  • Alexander Wentzell


We consider diffusion processes in media with pockets of large diffusivity. The asymptotic behavior of such processes is described when the diffusion coefficients in the pockets tend to infinity. The limiting process is identified as a diffusion on the space where each of the pockets is treated as a single point, and certain conditions on the behavior of the process on the boundary of the pockets are imposed. Calculation of various probabilities and expectations related to the limiting process leads to new initial-boundary (and boundary) problems for the corresponding parabolic (and elliptic) PDEs.


Non-standard boundary problem Asymptotic problems for diffusion processes and PDEs Long-time influence of small perturbations Convergence of processes 

Mathematics Subject Classification

60F10 35J25 47D07 60J60 



We are very grateful to anonymous referees for making a number of very useful suggestions. While working on this article, M. Freidlin was supported by NSF Grant DMS-1411866 and L. Koralov was supported by NSF Grant DMS-1309084 and ARO Grant W911NF1710419.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MathematicsUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkUSA
  2. 2.Department of MathematicsTulane UniversityNew OrleansUSA

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