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Nonlinear effects in white-noise driven spatial diffusion: general analytical results

Henry Tuckwell


We consider a general nonlinear diffusion, typified by those deriving from Fitzhugh-Nagumo or Hindmarsh-Rose models of nerve-cell dynamics, perturbed also by 2-parameter white noise. In order to investigate the effects of the nonlinearity, we find for general boundary conditions the mean to order $\epsilon^2$ and the 4-point covariance to order $\epsilon^3$. The derivations involve multiple stochastic integrals in the plane. The mean and variance of the state variable are thus obtained and may be used to estimate the probabilities that a threshold value is exceeded as a function of space and time. An example is reported on results for white noise driven diffusion with a cubic nonlinearity. From the asymptotic form of the covariance the spectral density of the process can also be obtained.

neurobiology, stochastic, PDE

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2008 Repository Open Access
Henry C. Tuckwell

Nonlinear effects in white-noise driven spatial diffusion : general analytical results and probabilities of of exceeding threshold

In: Physica / A, 387 (2008) 7, pp. 1455-1463