Fractals Mathematics Stochastic Processes Transport Processes

Probabilistic Interpretation of the Einstein Relation

R. Hilfer, A. Blumen

Physical Review A 37, 578 (1988)

submitted on
Monday, June 8, 1987

We present a probabilistic picture for the Einstein relation which holds for arbitrarily connected structures. The diffusivity is related to mean first-passage times, while the conductance is given as a direct-passage probability. The fractal Einstein relation is an immediate consequence of our result. In addition, we derive a star-triangle transformation for Markov chains and calculate the exact values of the fracton (spectral) dimension for treelike structures. We point to the relevance of the probabilistic interpretation for simulation and experiment.

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