Cosmic mass functions from Gaussian stochastic diffusion processes
Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik, 85741 Garching, Germany
Corresponding author: P. Schuecker, email@example.com
Accepted: 16 February 2001
Gaussian stochastic diffusion processes are used to derive cosmic mass functions. To get analytic relations previous studies exploited the sharp k-space filter assumption yielding zero drift terms in the corresponding Fokker-Planck (Kolmogorov's forward) equation and thus simplifying analytic treatments significantly (excursion set formalism). In the present paper methods are described to derive for given diffusion processes and Gaussian random fields the corresponding mass and filter functions by solving the Kolmogorov's forward and backward equations including nonzero drift terms. This formalism can also be used in cases with non-sharp k-space filters and for diffusion processes exhibiting correlations between different mass scales.
Key words: clusters: general / clusters / cosmology: theory
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