Luchinsky, D. G. and Maier, R. S. and Mannella, R. and McClintock, Peter V. E. and Stein, D. L. (1997) Experiments on critical phenomena in a noisy exit problem. Physical Review Letters, 79 (11). pp. 3109-3112. ISSN 1079-7114
We consider a noise-driven exit from a domain of attraction in a two-dimensional bistable system lacking detailed balance. Through analog and digital stochastic simulations, we find a theoretically predicted bifurcation of the most probable exit path as the parameters of the system are changed, and a corresponding nonanalyticity of the generalized activation energy. We also investigate the extent to which the bifurcation is related to the local breaking of time-reversal invariance.
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