Experiments on critical phenomena in a noisy exit problem

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

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We consider a 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 generalized activation energy. We also investigate the extent to which the bifurcation is related to the local breaking of time-reversal invariance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3109-3112
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number17
StatePublished - 1997

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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