WIAS Preprint No. 927, (2004)

Spectral characterisation of ageing: The REM-like trap model


  • Bovier, Anton
  • Faggionato, Alessandra
    ORCID: 0000-0002-6168-3517

2010 Mathematics Subject Classification

  • 60K35 82C4


  • disordered systems, random dynamics, trap models, ageing, spectral properties




We review the ageing phenomenon in the context of simplest trap model, Bouchaud's REM-like trap model from a spectral theoretic point of view. We show that the generator of the dynamics of this model can be diagonalised exactly. Using this result, we derive closed expressions for correlation functions in terms of complex contour integrals that permit an easy investigation into their large time asymptotics in the thermodynamic limit. We also give a 'grand canonical' representation of the model in terms of the Markov process on a Poisson point process . In this context we analyse the dynamics on various time scales.

Appeared in

  • Ann. Appl. Probab. , 15, (2005) pp. 1997-2037

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