Time to reach the maximum for a random acceleration process

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

Journal of Physics A General Physics 43 (2010) 115001

We study the random acceleration model, which is perhaps one of the simplest, yet nontrivial, non-Markov stochastic processes, and is key to many applications. For this non-Markov process, we present exact analytical results for the probability density $p(t_m|T)$ of the time $t_m$ at which the process reaches its maximum, within a fixed time interval $[0,T]$. We study two different boundary conditions, which correspond to the process representing respectively (i) the integral of a Brownian bridge and (ii) the integral of a free Brownian motion. Our analytical results are also verified by numerical simulations.

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