Asymptotic behavior of self-affine processes in semi-infinite domains

Andrea Zoia 1, Alberto Rosso 2, Satya N. Majumdar 2

Physical Review Letters 102 (2009) 120602

We propose to model the stochastic dynamics of a polymer passing through a pore (translocation) by means of a fractional Brownian motion, and study its behavior in presence of an absorbing boundary. Based on scaling arguments and numerical simulations, we present a conjecture that provides a link between the persistence exponent $\theta$ and the Hurst exponent $H$ of the process, thus sheding light on the spatial and temporal features of translocation. Furthermore, we show that this conjecture applies more generally to a broad class of self affine processes undergoing anomalous diffusion in bounded domains, and we discuss some significant examples.

  • 1. CEA/Saclay,
  • 2. Laboratoire de Physique Théorique et Modèles Statistiques (LPTMS),
    CNRS : UMR8626 – Université Paris XI - Paris Sud