Dr. Christian Mönch — Research

Research areas

- Complex networks

  • scale-free networks
  • spatially extendend networks
  • directed random graphs
  • stochastic processes on (random) graphs

For an introduction to/ overview of this area see this upcoming course and the associated webpage.

- Persistence probabilities

This area of probability theory is concerned with problems of the following type: Given a real valued stochastic process whose range almost surely contains (a dense subset of) the whole real line, how rare is the event that it stays, say, below a given threshold for a certain period of time? For Markov processes the answer is given by classical fluctuation theory, but for non-Markovian processes the picture is very far from completion.

For an introduction / survey of this field see this article by F. Aurzada & T. Simon.

- Large deviations

Large deviation theory is a unified framework to study the probabilities of rare events in stochastic systems. Its development was initiated by S.R.S. Varadhan in the 1960s. See these lecture notes of W. König for an introduction.

Publications & preprints

  1. CM. Universality for persistence exponents of local times of self-similar processes with stationary increments, Preprint, 2018.
  2. Christian Hirsch and CM. Distances and large deviations in the spatial preferential attachment model, to appear in Bernoulli, 2019+.
  3. Frank Aurzada and CM. Persistence probabilities and a decorrelation inequality for the Rosenblatt process and Hermite processes, Teoriya Veroyatnostei i ee Primeneniya 63 (2018), pp. 817-826 and Theory of Probability & Its Applications 63.4 (2019), pp. 664-670.
  4. Steffen Dereich, CM and Peter Mörters. Distances in scale-free networks at criticality, Electronic Journal of Probability 22 (2017), paper no. 77, 38 pp.
  5. CM. Conditionally Poissonian random digraphs, Preprint, 2017.
  6. CM. Persistence of activity in critical scale free Boolean networks, Tagungsbericht/ extended abstract, Oberwolfach Report 35 (2015), pp. 2020–2023.
  7. Vaios Laschos and CM. Relations between L^p- and pointwise convergence of families of functions indexed by the unit interval, Real Analysis
    Exchange, 38.1 (2012/13) pp. 177–192.
  8. Steffen Dereich, CM and Peter Mörters. Typical distances in ultrasmall random networks, Advances in Applied Probability, 44.2 (2012), pp. 583–601.


  • Distances in preferential attachment networks. PhD thesis, January 2014, supervised by Prof. Peter Mörters, University of Bath.
  • Large deviations for the empirical pair measure of tree indexed Markov chains. Diploma thesis, April 2009, supervised by Prof. Heinrich von Weizsäcker, Technische Universität Kaiserslautern.


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