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The central particle is a stationary sink about which the scavengers diffuse independently, and which swallows up any scavengers which hit it. The theory is frequently applied to systems where the central particle is not stationary and where the central sink is also destroyed by reaction. It is not immediately obvious how the formalism can describe either of these effects. The independent pairs approximation can be used to throw some light on both of these questions [37]. First, we consider the implication of using Smoluchowski's relative diffusion equation.

To generate some feel for the problems involved in evaluating escape probabilities for integrated diffusions we will consider briefly the case in which the velocity process is Brownian motion with drift d. The Radon-Nikodym derivative of Brownian motion with drift relative to the process without drift is exp(—d 2 t/2 — d — dv(t]}. It follows that the joint density of the hitting time and hitting velocity is Integrating f ( t . v ) over both t and v gives the probability of return. Atkinson and Clifford [4] have shown that for small values of d the escape probability behaves like when the process has been scaled so that v — 1.

The alternative is to estimate the probability that two particles have encountered during a time-step conditional on their positions at the start and at the end of the step, and to generate a uniform random variable to decide whether encounter has taken place. It is particularly easy to calculate this probability if we characterize the relative particle positions simply using the interparticle distance. The probability of surviving the time-step is the probability that the innmum of the interparticle distance over the time-step r is greater than the encounter distance a, conditional on an interparticle separation of x at the start of the time-step and an interparticle distance of y at the end of the time-step.

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