Priority diffusion model in lattices and complex networks

Michalis Maragakis*, Shai Carmi, Daniel Ben-Avraham, Shlomo Havlin, Panos Argyrakis

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We introduce a model for diffusion of two classes of particles (A and B) with priority: where both species are present in the same site the motion of A 's takes precedence over that of B 's. This describes realistic situations in wireless and communication networks. In regular lattices the diffusion of the two species is normal, but the B particles are significantly slower due to the presence of the A particles. From the fraction of sites where the B particles can move freely, which we compute analytically, we derive the diffusion coefficients of the two species. In heterogeneous networks the fraction of sites where B 's are free decreases exponentially with the degree of the sites. This, coupled with accumulation of particles in high-degree nodes, leads to trapping of the low priority particles in scale-free networks.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number020103
JournalPhysical Review E
Issue number2
StatePublished - 7 Feb 2008
Externally publishedYes


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