Proofs and generalizations of the Clausius-Mossotti formulas for random inclusions

  • Mitia Duerinckx (Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium)
A3 01 (Sophus-Lie room)


We study the behavior of the homogenized coefficients associated with some random stationary ergodic medium under a Bernoulli perturbation. Introducing a new family of a priori estimates that combine probability and physical spaces, we prove the analyticity of the perturbed homogenized coefficients with respect to the Bernoulli parameter. Our approach holds under the minimal assumptions of stationarity and ergodicity, both in the scalar and vector cases, and gives explicit formulas for each derivative. In particular, the first term yields the celebrated (electric and elastic) Clausius-Mossotti formulas for isotropic spherical random inclusions in an isotropic reference medium. This work constitutes the first rigorous proof of these formulas in the case of random inclusions.

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