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Andreas Mielke: Noise induced stability in fluctuating, bistable potentials
Phys. Rev. Lett.84, 818-821 (2000) .

Archiv: cond-mat/9912238


The over-damped motion of a Brownian particle in an asymmetric, bistable, fluctuating potential shows noise induced stability: For intermediate fluctuation rates the mean occupancy of minima with an energy above the absolute minimum is enhanced. The model works as a detector for potential fluctuations being not too fast and not too slow. This effect occurs due to the different time scales in the problem. We present a detailed analysis of this effect using the exact solution of the Fokker-Planck equation for a simple model. Further we show that for not too fast fluctuations the system can be well described by effective rate equations. The results of the rate equations agree quantitatively with the exact results.


author="Andreas Mielke",
title="Noise induced stability in fluctuating, bistable potentials",
journal="Phys. Rev. Lett.",

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