On Distributions of Functionals of Anomalous Diffusion Paths

Shai Carmi*, Lior Turgeman, Eli Barkai

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Functionals of Brownian motion have diverse applications in physics, mathematics, and other fields. The probability density function (PDF) of Brownian functionals satisfies the Feynman-Kac formula, which is a Schrödinger equation in imaginary time. In recent years there is a growing interest in particular functionals of non-Brownian motion, or anomalous diffusion, but no equation existed for their PDF. Here, we derive a fractional generalization of the Feynman-Kac equation for functionals of anomalous paths based on sub-diffusive continuous-time random walk. We also derive a backward equation and a generalization to Lévy flights. Solutions are presented for a wide number of applications including the occupation time in half space and in an interval, the first passage time, the maximal displacement, and the hitting probability. We briefly discuss other fractional Schrödinger equations that recently appeared in the literature.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1071-1092
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Statistical Physics
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2010
Externally publishedYes

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Funding Information:
Acknowledgements We thank S. Burov for discussions and the Israel Science Foundation for financial support. S.C. is supported by the Adams Fellowship Program of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities.


  • Anomalous diffusion
  • Continuous-time random-walk
  • Feynman-Kac equation
  • Fractional calculus
  • Levy flights


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