Stochastic phase switching of a parametrically driven electron in a penning trap

L. J. Lapidus, D. Enzer, G. Gabrielse

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Abstract

Fluctuation-induced switching of driven bistable systems, far from equilibrium, has been the focus of theoretical analysis and analog circuit computations. A parametrically driven electron in a Penning trap is shown to be a nearly ideal experimental realization. Noise applied to this dynamic double well system produces random switching between two steady-state oscillations which differ in the oscillation phase by 180°.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)899-902
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Volume83
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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