Centre for Mathematical Physics and Stochastics

Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Aarhus

Funded by The Danish National Research Foundation

MPS-RR 1999-42

November 1999

Certain types of Markov jump processes x(t) with continuous state space and one or more absorbing states are studied. Cases where the transition rate in state x is of the form \lambda(x) = |x|^\delta in a neighbourhood of the origin in R^d are considered, in particular. This type of problem arises from quantum physics in the study of laser cooling of atoms, and the present paper connects to recent work in the physics literature. The main question addressed is that of the asymptotic behaviour of x(t) near the origin for large t. The study involves solution of a renewal equation problem in continuous state space.

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