On the lifetime of a metastable state at low noise

B. J. Matkowsky*, Z. Schuss

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The mean lifetime of a metastable state of a dynamical system driven by small noise is calculated. The vector field of the dynamical system which need not be deriveble from a potential, is assumed to have a vanishing normal component on the boundary of the domain of attraction of the metastable state.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)213-215
Number of pages3
JournalPhysics Letters A
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2 1983
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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