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The random walk’s guide to anomalous diffusion: A fractional dynamics approach. (English) Zbl 0984.82032
Summary: Fractional kinetic equations of the diffusion, diffusion-advection, and Fokker-Planck type are presented as a useful approach for the description of transport dynamics in complex systems which are governed by anomalous diffusion and non-exponential relaxation patterns. These fractional equations are derived asymptotically from basic random walk models, and from a generalised master equation. Several physical consequences are discussed which are relevant to dynamical processes in complex systems. Methods of solution are introduced and for some special cases exact solutions are calculated. This report demonstrates that fractional equations have become of age as a complementary tool in the description of anomalous transport processes.

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82C31Stochastic methods in time-dependent statistical mechanics
82C70Transport processes (time-dependent statistical mechanics)
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