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Weighted $L^2$-contractivity of Langevin dynamics with singular potentials


Convergence to equilibrium of underdamped Langevin dynamics is studied under general assumptions on the potential $U$ allowing for singularities. By modifying the direct approach to convergence in $L^2$ pioneered by F. H\'erau and developped by Dolbeault, Mouhot and Schmeiser, we show that the dynamics converges exponentially fast to equilibrium in the topologies $L^2(d\mu)$ and $L^2(W^* d\mu)$, where $\mu$ denotes the invariant probability measure and $W^*$ is a suitable Lyapunov weight. In both norms, we make precise how the exponential convergence rate depends on the friction parameter $\gamma$ in Langevin dynamics, by providing a lower bound scaling as $\min(\gamma, \gamma^{-1})$. The results hold for usual polynomial-type potentials as well as potentials with singularities such as those arising from pairwise Lennard-Jones interactions between particles.

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hal-03205253 , version 1 (22-04-2021)



Evan Camrud, David P. Herzog, Gabriel Stoltz, Maria Gordina. Weighted $L^2$-contractivity of Langevin dynamics with singular potentials. Nonlinearity, 2022, 35 (2), pp.998-1035. ⟨10.1088/1361-6544/ac4152⟩. ⟨hal-03205253⟩
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