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Experiments on Critical Phenomena in a Noisy Exit Problem

By D. G. Luchinsky, R. S. Maier, R. Mannella, P. V. E. McClintock and D. L. Stein


SUMMARY We consider noise-driven exit from a domain of attraction in a two-dimensional bistable system lacking detailed balance. Through analog and digital stochastic simulations, we find a theoretically predicted bifurcation of the most probable exit path as the parameters of the system are changed, and a corresponding nonanalyticity of the activation energy. We also investigate the extent to which the bifurcation is related to the local breaking of time-reversal invariance

Topics: FIS/03 - Fisica della materia
Publisher: 'American Physical Society (APS)'
Year: 1997
DOI identifier: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.79.3109
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