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Resonances while surmounting a fluctuating barrier.

Iwaniszewski, J. and Kaufman, I. K. and McClintock, Peter V. E. and McKane, A. J. (2000) Resonances while surmounting a fluctuating barrier. Physical Review E, 61 (2). pp. 1170-1175. ISSN 1539-3755

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Abstract

Electronic analog experiments on escape over a fluctuating potential barrier are performed for the case when the fluctuations are caused by Ornstein-Uhlenbeck noise (OUN). In its dependence on the relation between the two OUN parameters (the correlation time t and noise strength Q) the nonmonotonic variation of the mean escape time T as a function of t can exhibit either a minimum (resonant activation), or a maximum (inhibition of activation), or both these effects. The possible resonant nature of these features is discussed. We claim that T is not a good quantity to describe the resonancelike character of the problem. Independently of the specific relation between the OUN parameters, the resonance manifests itself as a maximal lowering of the potential barrier during the escape event, and it appears for t of the order of the relaxation time toward the metastable state

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Physical Review E
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Physics
ID Code: 31903
Deposited By: Professor P. V. E. McClintock
Deposited On: 08 Mar 2010 10:55
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 17:03
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/31903

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