Mean exit times over fluctuating barriers

D. L. Stein, R. G. Palmer, J. L. Van Hemmen, Charles R. Doering

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    We investigate the problem of thermal activation over a fluctuating barrier. Three regimes are considered: the fluctuations slow compared to the mean crossing time τA of the average barrier height, fluctuations on roughly the same timescale as τA, and fluctuations extremely fast compared to τA. In the latter two cases, the mean barrier crossing time is reduced. The relevance of these results to a variety of problems in complex systems is discussed.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)353-357
    Number of pages5
    JournalPhysics Letters A
    Issue number7-8
    StatePublished - Apr 17 1989

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Physics and Astronomy


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