Variational formulation of the Fokker-Planck equation with decay : a particle approach

M.A. Peletier, D.R.M. Renger, M. Veneroni

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We introduce a stochastic particle system that corresponds to the Fokker–Planck equation with decay in the many-particle limit, and study its large deviations. We show that the large-deviation rate functional corresponds to an energy-dissipation functional in a Mosco-convergence sense. Moreover, we prove that the resulting functional, which involves entropic terms and the Wasserstein metric, is again a variational formulation for the Fokker–Planck equation with decay. Keywords: Large deviations; Fokker–Planck equation with decay; Wasserstein metric; gradient flow; Mosco convergence
Original languageEnglish
Article number1350017
Number of pages43
JournalCommunications in Contemporary Mathematics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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