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On the physical relevance of random walks: an example of random walks on a randomly oriented lattice

Massimo Campanino
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Random walks on general graphs play an important role in the understanding of the general theory of stochastic processes. Beyond their fundamental interest in probability theory, they arise also as simple models of physical systems. A brief survey of the physical relevance of the notion of random walk on both undirected and directed graphs is given followed by the exposition of some recent results on random walks on randomly oriented lattices. It is worth noticing that general undirected graphs are associated with (not necessarily Abelian) groups while directed graphs are associated with (not necessarily Abelian) $C^*$-algebras. Since quantum mechanics is naturally formulated in terms of $C^*$-algebras, the study of random walks on directed lattices has been motivated lately by the development of the new field of quantum information and communication.

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hal-00121156 , version 1 (19-12-2006)

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Massimo Campanino, Dimitri Petritis. On the physical relevance of random walks: an example of random walks on a randomly oriented lattice. Proceedings "Random walks and geometry", 2001, pp.393-411. ⟨hal-00121156⟩
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