Journal of Statistical Physics

, Volume 161, Issue 4, pp 801–820 | Cite as

An Exactly Solvable Travelling Wave Equation in the Fisher–KPP Class

  • Éric BrunetEmail author
  • Bernard Derrida


For a simple one dimensional lattice version of a travelling wave equation, we obtain an exact relation between the initial condition and the position of the front at any later time. This exact relation takes the form of an inverse problem: given the times \(t_n\) at which the travelling wave reaches the positions n, one can deduce the initial profile. We show, by means of complex analysis, that a number of known properties of travelling wave equations in the Fisher–KPP class can be recovered, in particular Bramson’s shifts of the positions. We also recover and generalize Ebert–van Saarloos’ corrections depending on the initial condition.


Fisher–KPP Front equation Travelling wave 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.LPS-ENS, UMR 8550, CNRSUPMC Univ Paris 06, Sorbonne UniversitésParisFrance
  2. 2.Collège de FranceParisFrance

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