# Asymptotic behavior of the Brownian frog model

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Abstract

We introduce an extension of the frog model to Euclidean space and prove
properties for the spread of active particles. The new geometry introduces a
phase transition that does not occur for the frog model on the lattice. Fix
$r>0$ and place a particle at each point $x$ of a unit intensity Poisson point
process $\mathcal P \subseteq \mathbb R^d - \mathbb B(0,r)$. Around each point
in $\mathcal{P}$, put a ball of radius $r$. A particle at the origin performs
Brownian motion. When it hits the ball around $x$ for some $x \in \mathcal P$,
new particles begin independent Brownian motions from the centers of the balls
in the cluster containing $x$. Subsequent visits to the cluster do nothing.
This waking process continues indefinitely. For $r$ smaller than the critical
threshold of continuum percolation, we show that the set of activated sites in
$\mathcal P$ behaves like a linearly expanding ball. Moreover, in any fixed
ball the set of active particles converges to a unit intensity Poisson point
process. Lastly, we prove that the model expands at rate at least $t^{2-
\epsilon}$ when $d=2$ and $r$ equals the critical threshold in continuum
percolation.

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#### Erin Beckman

Associate In Research

I am a 6th year student working with Dr. James Nolen. I am interested in the study
of branching process and interacting particle systems. My current work focuses on
the long time behavior of these systems and their hydrodynamic limits.

#### Ran Huo

Teaching Assistant

Doctoral of Philosophy (PhD) Student in Mathematics, 2014-present
I am a mathematician specialized in probability and stochastic processes. In particular,
I have been working on voter models on random graphs and am familiar with contact
processes, random walks as well as other related interacting particle systems. I am
interested in the evolution of the model along with its asymptotic behaviors. A canonical
application is the study of competitions among technologies o

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