Asymptotics for the heat kernel in multicone domains

Pierre Collet, Mauricio Duarte, Servet Martínez, Arturo Prat-Waldron, Jaime San Martín

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A multicone domain Ω⊆Rn is an open, connected set that resembles a finite collection of cones far away from the origin. We study the rate of decay in time of the heat kernel p(t, x, y) of a Brownian motion killed upon exiting Ω, using both probabilistic and analytical techniques. We find that the decay is polynomial and we characterize p(t, x, y) in terms of the Martin boundary of Ω at infinity, where α>0 depends on the geometry of Ω. We next derive an analogous result for tκ/2Px(T>t), with κ=1+α-n/2, where T is the exit time from Ω. Lastly, we deduce the renormalized Yaglom limit for the process conditioned on survival.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1269-1298
Number of pages30
JournalJournal of Functional Analysis
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 15 Feb 2016


  • Brownian motion
  • Heat kernel
  • Martin boundary
  • Yaglom limit

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analysis


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