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Rigorous lower bounds for the critical infection rate in the diffusive contact process

  • Aidan Sudbury (a1)


The contact process is an interacting particle system which models a spatially restricted infection. In the basic contact process the infection can only spread to an uninfected neighbour, but the diffusive contact process allows an infected individual to move to an uninfected site. If the infection rate is too low, the process will die out. If the individual can move (or diffuse), the disease can spread with a lower infection rate. An idea of the relationship between these rates is obtained by obtaining rigorous lower bounds for the critical infection rate for various values of the diffusion rate. In this paper we also improve the lower bound for the critical infection rate for the basic contact process from 1.539 to 1.5517.


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Rigorous lower bounds for the critical infection rate in the diffusive contact process

  • Aidan Sudbury (a1)


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