Switching in the presence of colored noise: The decay of an unstable state

Mark James, Frank Moss, Peter Hänggi, Christian Van Den Broeck

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Switching events are studied by means of a parametrically operated, fast transition from a monostable to a bistable potential in the continuous presence of colored noise. The problem is thus the decay of an unstable state with random initial conditions. We calculate, using contemporary colored-noise theory, and measure by analog simulation, the relaxation time to cross a reference boundary, and we contrast this with the strictly defined mean first passage time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4690-4695
Number of pages6
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number9
StatePublished - Jan 1 1988


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  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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