## Publication Date:

26 June 2020

## Journal:

Annales de l'Institut Henri Poincaré (B) Probabilités et Statistiques

## Last Updated:

2021-04-09T19:36:51.52+01:00

## Issue:

3

## Volume:

56

## DOI:

10.1214/19-AIHP1026

## page:

2017-2027

## abstract:

If $\mathcal{W}$ is the simple random walk on the square lattice $\mathbb{Z}^2$, then $\mathcal{W}$ induces a random walk $\mathcal{W}_G$ on any spanning subgraph $G\subset \mathbb{Z}^2$ of the lattice as follows: viewing $\mathcal{W}$ as a uniformly random infinite word on the alphabet $\{\mathbf{x}, -\mathbf{x}, \mathbf{y}, -\mathbf{y} \}$, the walk $\mathcal{W}_G$ starts at the origin and follows the directions specified by $\mathcal{W}$, only accepting steps of $\mathcal{W}$ along which the walk $\mathcal{W}_G$ does not exit $G$. For any fixed subgraph $G \subset \mathbb{Z}^2$, the walk $\mathcal{W}_G$ is distributed as the simple random walk on $G$, and hence $\mathcal{W}_G$ is almost surely recurrent in the sense that $\mathcal{W}_G$ visits every site reachable from the origin in $G$ infinitely often. This fact naturally leads us to ask the following: does $\mathcal{W}$ almost surely have the property that $\mathcal{W}_G$ is recurrent for \emph{every} subgraph $G \subset \mathbb{Z}^2$? We answer this question negatively, demonstrating that exceptional subgraphs exist almost surely. In fact, we show more to be true: exceptional subgraphs continue to exist almost surely for a countable collection of independent simple random walks, but on the other hand, there are almost surely no exceptional subgraphs for a branching random walk.

## Symplectic id:

916033

## Submitted to ORA:

Submitted

## Publication Type:

Journal Article