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Limiting distribution of elliptic homogenization error with periodic diffusion and random potential

Wenjia Jing

Vol. 9 (2016), No. 1, 193–228
DOI: 10.2140/apde.2016.9.193

We study the limiting probability distribution of the homogenization error for second order elliptic equations in divergence form with highly oscillatory periodic conductivity coefficients and highly oscillatory stochastic potential. The effective conductivity coefficients are the same as those of the standard periodic homogenization, and the effective potential is given by the mean. We show that the limiting distribution of the random part of the homogenization error, as random elements in proper Hilbert spaces, is Gaussian and can be characterized by the homogenized Green’s function, the homogenized solution and the statistics of the random potential. This generalizes previous results in the setting with slowly varying diffusion coefficients, and the current setting with fast oscillations in the differential operator requires new methods to prove compactness of the probability distributions of the random fluctuation.

periodic and stochastic homogenization, random field, probability measures on Hilbert space, weak convergence of probability distributions
Mathematical Subject Classification 2010
Primary: 35R60
Secondary: 60B12
Received: 8 June 2015
Revised: 8 October 2015
Accepted: 28 October 2015
Published: 10 February 2016
Wenjia Jing
Department of Mathematics
University of Chicago
5734 South University Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637
United States