Cover time for branching random walks on regular trees

17 Nov 2019  ·  Roberts Matthew I. ·

Let $T$ be the regular tree in which every vertex has exactly $d\ge 3$ neighbours. Run a branching random walk on $T$, in which at each time step every particle gives birth to a random number of children with mean $d$ and finite variance, and each of these children moves independently to a uniformly chosen neighbour of its parent... We show that, starting with one particle at some vertex $0$ and conditionally on survival of the process, the time it takes for every vertex within distance $r$ of $0$ to be hit by a particle of the branching random walk is almost surely $r + \frac{2}{\log(3/2)}\log\log r + o(\log\log r)$. read more

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