Complex free energies and metastable lifetimes

C. M. Newman, L. S. Schulman

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For two simple models we consider the analytic continuation of the free energy across a first-order phase transition. For each system we also study an associated stochastic dynamics and decay rates for passage to the stable equilibrium. We then investigate the relation between the imaginary part of the free energy and the decay rate per unit volume.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)131-148
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Statistical Physics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 1980


  • Metastability
  • complex free energy
  • lifetimes
  • stochastic dynamics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Mathematical Physics


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