In this paper, we derive upper bounds for the heat kernel of the simple random walk on the infinite cluster of a supercritical long range percolation process. For any d ≥ 1 and for any exponent s giving the rate of decay of the percolation process, we show that the return probability decays like t-d/s-d up to logarithmic corrections, where t denotes the time the walk is run. Our methods also yield generalized bounds on the spectral gap of the dynamics and on the diameter of the largest component in a box. The bounds and accompanying understanding of the geometry of the cluster play a crucial role in the companion paper (Crawford and Sly in Simple randomwalk on long range percolation clusters II: scaling limit, 2010) where we establish the scaling limit of the random walk to be α-stable Lévy motion.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Statistics and Probability
- Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty