WIAS Preprint No. 770, (2002)

On convergence of population processes in random environments to the stochastic heat equation with colored noise


  • Sturm, Anja K.

2010 Mathematics Subject Classification

  • 60H15 60K35 60K37 60J80 60F05


  • Heat equation, colored noise, stochastic partial differential equation, superprocess, weak convergence, particle representation, random environment, existence theorem


We consider the stochastic heat equation with a multiplicative colored noise term in dimensions greater or equal to one. First, we prove convergence of a branching particle system in a random environment, to the stochastic heat equation with a linear noise term. For this stochastic partial differential equation with more general non-Lipschitz noise coefficients we show convergence of associated lattice systems, which are infinite dimensional stochastic differential equations with correlated noise terms, provided that uniqueness of the limit is known. In the course of the proof, we establish existence and uniqueness of solutions to the lattice systems, as well as a new existence result for solutions to the stochastic heat equation. The latter are shown to be jointly continuous in time and space under some mild additional assumptions.

Appeared in

  • Electron. J. Probab. 8 (2003), 39 pp. (electronic)

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