Let T be a one-parameter semigroup of measure preserving transformations of a probability space. The theorem of Kac on mean recurrence time of the points x in a measurable subset E under a discrete semigroup is carried over to the case of a flow T with continuous time parameter t0. Recurrence time is defined as the infimum of these parameter values t>0 for which the orbit of x has returned to E after having temporarily left the set E. The results are first formulated for a probability space without any topological structure; they are then applied to the case of a continuous flow in a compact metric space.
|Number of pages||15|
|Journal||Zeitschrift für Wahrscheinlichkeitstheorie und verwandte Gebiete|
|Publication status||Published - 1969|