Maximal stream and minimal cutset for first passage percolation through a domain of $\mathbb{R}^d$

Raphaël Cerf 1, 2 Marie Théret 3, *
* Auteur correspondant
3 Modélisation stochastique
LPMA - Laboratoire de Probabilités et Modèles Aléatoires
Abstract : We consider the standard first passage percolation model in the rescaled graph $\mathbb{Z}^d/n$ for $d\geq 2$, and a domain $\Omega$ of boundary $\Gamma$ in $\mathbb{R}^d$. Let $\Gamma^1$ and $\Gamma^2$ be two disjoint open subsets of $\Gamma$, representing the parts of $\Gamma$ through which some water can enter and escape from $\Omega$. A law of large numbers for the maximal flow from $\Gamma^1$ to $\Gamma^2$ in $\Omega$ is already known. In this paper we investigate the asymptotic behaviour of a maximal stream and a minimal cutset. A maximal stream is a vector measure $\vec \mu_n^{\max}$ that describes how the maximal amount of fluid can circulate through $\Omega$. Under conditions on the regularity of the domain and on the law of the capacities of the edges, we prove that the sequence $(\vec \mu_n^{\max})_{n\geq 1}$ converges a.s. to the set of the solutions of a continuous deterministic problem of maximal stream in an anisotropic network. A minimal cutset can been seen as the boundary of a set $E_n^{\min}$ that separates $\Gamma^1$ from $\Gamma^2$ in $\Omega$ and whose random capacity is minimal. Under the same conditions, we prove that the sequence $(E_n^{\min})_{n\geq 1}$ converges towards the set of the solutions of a continuous deterministic problem of minimal cutset. We deduce from this a continuous deterministic max-flow min-cut theorem, and a new proof of the law of large numbers for the maximal flow. This proof is more natural than the existing one, since it relies on the study of maximal streams and minimal cutsets, which are the pertinent objects to look at.
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Pré-publication, Document de travail
60 pages, 22 figures. 2012
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Raphaël Cerf, Marie Théret. Maximal stream and minimal cutset for first passage percolation through a domain of $\mathbb{R}^d$. 60 pages, 22 figures. 2012. <hal-00662764>

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